Scripture Reading: Exodus 31:1-33:6 / Mark 6:30-56 / Psalm 27:1-7
Just before Thanksgiving holiday, a college chemistry professor would always lecture against prayer. He was sarcastic, funny and all the students would laugh. He would always end his tirade with a challenge, “Is there anybody here that still believes in prayer and in God? Now before you answer, I’ll tell you what I am going to do,” as he held up a 2 quart flask, “If you believe in God, I am going to ask you to stand and pray that when I drop this flask it won’t break.”
He had done this for 15 straight years and no one ever challenged him. The professor would drop the flask on the concrete floor and laugh as it shattered. An incoming freshman enrolled in this chemistry class and heard how Dr. Lee would challenge prayer, God and everyone’s faith. He decided to stand up to Dr. Lee and asked others to pray with him for courage and for the flask not to break.
The day arrived for Dr. Lee’s lecture on prayer and he concluded with, “Is there anybody here who still believes in prayer?” The freshman stood up and said, “Dr. Lee, I believe in prayer.” The surprised professor was amused and said, “My, my isn’t this great. You believe in prayer. All the prayers of your friends, and family, will make no difference. There is no God.” Laughing he asked, “Are you ready?”
Dr. Lee continued, “Students, this is really great. Let’s all bow our heads and let him pray.” The young man prayed, “Dear Heavenly Father, in the name of Jesus Christ I thank you that you have heard me. For your honor and Christ’s name sake and for the honor of your servant, who puts his trust in you, don’t let the flask break. Amen.”
The professor held out the flask at arm's length and dropped it. The flask fell at a curve, hit the top of Dr. Lee’s shoe and it rolled around on the concrete floor. The flask did not break! Disbelief flooded Dr. Lee and his face turned pale and white as he experienced a revelation of the power of God. The whole class of 300 students laughed hysterically and then stood to applaud the young man who had the courage and conviction in a God who did not fail.
David prayed, “Do not let me be put to shame, nor let my enemies triumph over me.” (Psalm 25:2) He understood the ridicule and jabs of the enemy. David’s life and faith was constantly challenged, leaving him confused, embarrassed and dismayed. The roar of the world is at times so intimidating that we retreat to the place of doubt and fear. It is difficult to battle the enemy with a broken spirit. What is the answer?
Resolving to put our trust and hope in God, unconditionally! Fighting every human emotion with the promises and truth of God’s Word. Putting our faith on the line and trusting Him to come through. We don’t need to hang or hide our heads in shame because, “No one whose hope is in you will ever be put to shame.” (vs.3) God is all-powerful, present, and knowing. Give Him room to work…God will win!
Pastor James Clark has pastored Calvary Assembly since 1985. He is blessed with his wife Yvonne, six children, two son-in-laws, a beautiful granddaughter and hopefully many more grandchildren to follow!