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Topic: SWEET HOUR OF PRAYER (don’t write about the song) (04/30/15)
- TITLE: Prayer for Truth
By Roy Proctor
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Normally, I would have ignored the manâ€™s challenge. But he was a pure gentleman, not like some that try to force their brand of truth into your mind. So, I took his book and promised that I would read it.
â€śWe can discuss it the next time we meet,â€ť the gentleman said.
The gentleman frequently escorted his son to speech therapy sessions with me. He would probably return two days later for the next scheduled session. That meeting would present a challenge if an intense discussion arose. If such a discussion ever got out of hand it could compromise my professional ethics to which I promised to uphold.
That night, I sat alone with the gentlemanâ€™s self-proclaimed book of truth. I wish I hadnâ€™t done this I thought to myself. I had gone through a heart wrenching revolution a few years before. To think of going through another spiritual one was mentally exhausting.
The revolution all started when I was led to a home group of some folks that overflowed with love. They talked about a man named Jesus as if He were their close friend. Their love was so intense that I saw myself as being completely dead, on the inside.
For the first time in my life, I bought a Bible and studied it like a man dying of thirst going through a drought. After a time of studying, I was convinced that truth was found in those living words. The author of truth invited me into His kingdom and I accepted His loving invitation.
A heart wrenching revolution followed. Every bit of my tradition was shattered. I came to believe that the traditional church I was raised in left a lot out of â€śthe truth.â€ť So, I left there and committed myself to this new church that was full of joyous people.
So, here is this manâ€™s book in my hands. I never considered myself a prayer warrior but at this time I actually prayed. Lord if this book has the truth, Iâ€™ll just have to drop everything else and go to it. I need You to show me whether or not I hold Your words of truth in my hands. With those words fresh in my mind I started reading the gentlemanâ€™s book.
His book seemed to be okay and rather relaxing. But suddenly there before me was the statement that we had to work for our salvation. It just didnâ€™t seem right. So I stopped. Then from somewhere deep inside of me the following words arose. â€śBut you were saved by grace through faith.â€ť
I know Iâ€™ve read that, I thought. Using a concordance I found Ephesians 2:8a. My mind exploded as I said out loud, â€śThatâ€™s truth.â€ť
Since it was late in the evening, I closed the gentlemanâ€™s book and went to bed. Strangely enough I couldnâ€™t sleep because that book haunted me. I got up, put it in a garbage bag and tied it tightly. Then I took the bag and threw it into the dumpster outside.
Two days later was the day of reckoning. My gentleman friend returned. â€śWell, Iâ€™m sure you found the truth,â€ť he said.
Iâ€™m sure the Lord was with me to soften my abrupt language and enabled me to display a graceful attitude. I shared with the gentleman the impression I got from his book, the message I got while reading it and the scriptural verification. It was a miracle. He received my words graciously and didnâ€™t seem the least bit agitated. Nothing more was said about truth. I invited the gentleman to an evangelistic dinner but he respectfully declined.
Time passed on and Iâ€™ve lost track of the gentleman. I hope he was encouraged to study the Bible and to pray over its anointed words. Then he would discover that he didnâ€™t need any other book in search of â€śthe truth.â€ť
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