Effective Praying and Faxing?

The news is that the Senate Judiciary Committee has sent to the floor a bill described as comprehensive immigration reform.  Did the committee act because Mennonites joined other believers in prayer.  I don’t know.  My own experience with prayer is mixed.  Some of my prayers are answered and some are not.

It was the same way with Rhoda’s prayers.  In 1980 the time was near for us to sell a house in Tampa so we could move to Sarasota. As far as we knew the realtor had not shown the house to anyone.   I said to Rhoda. “it is time for you to pray.”  If intercession is a gift, Rhoda had it.

Rhoda must have prayed, for on the following Sunday when we came home from church our realtor was waiting for us.  She said that she had shown and sold our house while we were in church.  The buyer had accepted  our price, made the down payment,  and all that was lacking was our signatures. So on that Sunday noon this bishop and his wife sold their house.  We regarded it as an answer to prayer.

This was a time in our lives when it seemed that God recognized our need to know that we were still loved.  I could tell you of other answers to prayer.  But I can also tell you of more prayers that were not answered.  I think it would be impertinent of me to suggest that prayers of faith pushed the comprehensive immigration bill through the judiciary committee.

The other option seems more likely.  Although I have little faith in a multitude of faxes, it does seem to me now that faxing may have been more  effective than prayer.  God may have counted the prayers, but surely the senators counted the faxes.  

Time is running out for all Christians every where to learn to follow Jesus even though they act strangely as a result.  Aliens know what it is to be strangers and we should identify with them more. 

About Martin Lehman

I was born 92 years ago, the son of a Mennonite pastor and organic gardener in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. At age 10 I was baptized as a member of the Marion Mennonite Church. I own the "Old Fool" moniker because I want to walk the Jesus Way even though the world and much of the church takes me as a fool for doing so. In my life I have moved from being a young conservative to an elderly radical. I tell that story in My Faith Journey posted on my website.
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1 Response to Effective Praying and Faxing?

  1. SaraAlicZimmerly says:

    Good message, Martin. Some wonderful things happen in church. saz

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