First Time Prayer
A man came to church for the very first time in his life. He heard a sermon that really tugged at his heart strings and felt the need to answer the invitation to become a Christian. When he shared his story about never having attended church the preacher thought surely the new convert was someone special. The preacher urged the man to come back that night to take part in the evening service.
When the man arrived the preacher told the man he needed him to perform a special task. The pastor wanted him to say the benediction at the end of the service.
The new convert protested and said, “Pastor, I’ve never been to church in my life. How am I supposed to know how to pray in public in only the second church service I’ve ever attended?”
The preacher said, “That’s OK. I have a plan. I’ve written you a prayer you can read. Just sit back here on the back row next to the coat rack. Place this prayer I’ve written in your hat. As the service is closing out, just reach back here behind you, pick up your hat and read the prayer.”
The new Christian reluctantly agreed to the plan. At the end of the service the preached called the man by name and asked him to offer the closing prayer.
On cue, the man reached to the hat rack behind him, and picked up a hat. As planned he started the prayer. In a loud voice he said, “DEAR GOD ……………….. this is NOT my hat….”
…..from Sermon Fodder by way of Doc’s Daily Chuckle (firstname.lastname@example.org) and “Christian Voices” (www.ChristianVoicesWorldwide.net)