Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Be Careful What You Pray For

In his book Scandalous: The Cross and Resurrection of Jesus, D.A. Carson shares this story, and how true it is:
     A friend of mine who was a pastor of a church was shaking hands at the door a number of years ago.  A woman shook his hand and said, "Pastor, pray for me that I might be given more patience."
     He replied, "I will pray that the Lord will send you a packet of trouble."
     She said, "That is exactly what I don't need.  I've already got trouble.  All I need is patience."
     "Well, if you want patience, I'll pray that the Lord will give you a packet of trouble" - because that is the way the Lord regularly does things.

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