Years ago an invitation was given to
a small group of Christian college
students to meet in a local church building for prayer. For about
three years we met on a weekly basis to pray for each other and anyone
else who wanted to be prayed for.
One of the regulars was a fellow
named Bob. Bob was and is a
great guy, and he was a smoker.
One evening he arrived at the prayer
meeting chewing gum furiously, and
we all said, "Oh, you have quit smoking!"
Bob replied, "Yes, and I feel like I
am dying! Please pray for
me." So we gathered around him, laid hands on his head and
shoulders in prayer, and prayed whatever came to our minds that he
be set free from the withdrawal symptoms he was experiencing.
Nothing seemed to happen.
On my way home that evening I asked
Jesus why nothing had happened when
we prayed for Bob. Jesus spoke very clearly to my heart and said,
"He needs to repent of polluting the body I gave him to glorify Me
That was years ago before cell phones
(!), so when I got home I called
Bob on our land line, and told him what Jesus had told me on my way
home. He replied (in his succinct style), "Thanks."
Several days later I saw Bob at a
church meeting, and he was all smiles
and peace! I asked him how he was doing, and he simply said,
POINT OF THIS STORY:
This is another example of getting no
results when we relied on our own
understanding, but got great results by simply asking Jesus what to do
or why what we did didn't work!