January Sermon Illustrations

January 4, 2010

Seven Prayers Answered

A godly mother of six children had come into great stress. Their last loaf of bread had been eaten at the evening meal. Next morning, without a morsel of food in the house, the trustful mother set the table with seven plates, and, gathering the children about her, said: "Now, children, we must ask God to supply our need." As she finished her petition for help one cried out, "There is the baker at the door." On entering, he said, "I was stalled in the snow this morning and stopped here to get warm. Do you need any bread this morning?" "Yes," said the mother, "but we have no money to buy any." "What? Do you mean to say you have no bread for these children?" "Not a morsel," said the mother. "Well, you shall soon have some," and going out quickly to his wagon he returned with seven loaves of bread and laid one at each plate. One of the little children cried out, "Mamma, I prayed for bread, and God heard me, and sent me bread." "And me!" "And me!" chorused the rest of the children. Each felt that God had answered him personally. And was it not true?—Prayer, by James H. McConkey.

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