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The Power of Prayer

Louise Redden,
a poorly dressed lady with a look of defeat on her face,
walked into a grocery store.
She approached the owner of the store
in a most humble manner and asked
if he would let her charge a few groceries.
She softly explained that her husband
was very ill and unable to work,
they had seven children and they needed food.
John Longhouse,the grocer,
scoffed at her and requested that she leave his store.
Visualizing the family needs,
she said:
"Please, sir!
I will bring you the money just as soon as I can."
John told her he could not give her credit,
as she did not have a charge account at his store.
Standing beside the counter was a customer
who overheard the conversation between the two.
The customer walked forward and
told the grocerman that he would stand good
for whatever she needed for her family.
The grocerman said in a very reluctant voice,
"Do you have a grocery list?
Louise replied,
"Yes sir."
"O.K." he said,
"put your grocery list on the scales and
whatever your grocery list weighs,
I will give you that amount in groceries."
Louise, hesitated a moment with a bowed head,
then she reached into her purse and took out a piece of paper and
scribbled something on it.
She then laid the piece of paper on the scale carefully
with her head still bowed.
The eyes of the grocerman and the customer showed amazement
when the scales went down and stayed down.
The grocerman staring at the scales,
turned slowly to the customer and said begrudgingly,
"I can't believe it."
The customer smiled and the grocerman started putting
the groceries on the other side of the scales.
The scale did not balance
so he continued to put more and more groceries
on them until the scales would hold no more.
The grocerman stood there in utter disgust.
Finally, he grabbed the piece of paper from the scales
and looked at it with greater amazement.

It was not a grocery list,
it was a prayer which said:
"Dear Lord,
you know my needs and I am leaving this in your hands."
The grocerman gave her the groceries that
he had gathered and placed on the scales
and stood in stunned silence.
Louise thanked him and left the store.
The customer handed a fifty-dollar bill to John as he said,
"It was worth every penny of it."
It was sometime later that
John Longhouse discovered the scales were broken;
only God knows how much a prayer weighs.

When you receive this, say a prayer.
That's all you have to do.
Just stop right now,
and say a prayer for the one who sent this to you.
There is nothing attached.
This is powerful.
Then send this to four people. Don't break this, please.
Prayer is one of the best free gifts we receive.
There is no cost but a lot of rewards.
Let's continue praying for one another.