Sunday, September 9, 2018

What Are the Odds of This Happening?

Shortly after Dallas Theological Seminary was founded in 1924, it almost had to shut down. The creditors were going to foreclose at noon on a certain day. President Lewis Chafer met with his faculty in the office, praying that God would do a miracle. One of the men, Dr. Harry Ironside, prayed, "Lord, we know that you own the cattle on a thousand hills. Please sell some of them and send us the money."

Meanwhile, a Texas businessman stepped into the seminary's business office and said, "I just sold two carloads of cattle in Ft. Worth and I feel compelled to give the money to the seminary. I don't care if you need it or not, but here's the check."

The secretary took the check and knocked on the door of the prayer meeting. Dr. Chafer took it out of her hand and discovered it was for the exact amount of the debt! He turned to Dr. Ironside and said, "Harry, God sold the cattle!" (Slaying Your Giants, p.5)

The answer came from an unknown source to the right place at the right time with the right amount. What are the odds of that happening? Without God, one in a billion. But with God, the odds change to one in one. God knows what we need before we ask (Matt. 6:8). So If God knows what I need, why should I pray? Prayer is the vehicle He uses to bring things to pass on earth. Some things won’t happen unless we pray.

Stop trying to figure out how He will bring the answer to your problem. Just continue to pray and trust Him. The faculty at Dallas Seminary had no idea how God would provide their need. And you probably won’t either.

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