Our Monday prayer team meeting was postponed due to the holiday. I am grateful to be part of a church with a prayer team. Prayer is powerful.
We always open the prayer team with a devotion. I love the devotional book we use. I especially liked this:
During the reign of Abdullah the Third, a great drought struck Baghdad. The Islamic doctors issued a decree that all the faithful should offer prayers for rain. Still, the drought continued.
The Jews were then permitted to add their prayers. Their supplications also appeared ineffectual. Finally, when the drought resulted in widespread famine, the Christians in the land were asked to pray. It so happened that torrents of rain followed almost immediately.
The whole Conclave was more upset over the cessation of the drought than it had been alarmed at its continuance. Feeling that some explanation was necessary, they issued this statement to the masses: “The God of our Prophet was highly gratified by the prayers of the faithful which were as sweet-smelling savors to Him. He refused their requests in order to prolong the pleasure of listening to their prayers; but the prayers of those Christian infidels were an abomination to Him, and He granted their petitions the sooner to be rid of their loathsome importunities.”
And I thought “spin” wasn’t invented until the Clinton White House!