The Rancher’s Prayer

Psalm 116.1, 2



Prayers come in all different shapes and sizes. We can talk to God about anything. The point is to pray and pray often so we can keep a close relationship with God. Prayer helps us be attuned to God’s voice. (John 10:27) We want God to know our voices as well. (Psalm 116:1, 2) Just look what happened to this rancher… 




The Rancher’s Prayer

A rancher in Wyoming went out to fix a fence.
The wind was cold and gusty and the clouds rolled gray and dense,
As he pounded the last staples in and gathered tools to go
The temperature had fallen and the snow began to blow.

When he finally reached his pickup, he felt a heavy heart.
From the sound of that ignition, he knew it would not start.
So Jake did what most of us would do, if we had been there.
He humbly bowed his balding head and sent aloft a prayer.

As he turned the key for the last time, he softly cursed his luck.
They found him 3 days later, frozen stiff in that old truck.
So Jake went off to heaven and to him that was so sweet
Still he had quite a few questions when he met up with Saint Pete

“I’ve always heard,” Jake said to Pete, “that God will answer prayer,
But one time when I asked for help, He just plain wasn’t there.
Does God answer prayers of some, and ignore the prayers of others?
That does not seem exactly square. I know all men are brothers.”

Peter listened very patiently and then when Jake was done,
There were smiles of recognition, and he said, “So, you’re the one!
That day your truck would not start, you sent your prayer a flying.
You gave us all a real bad time, with hundreds of us a trying.

A thousand angels rushed to check the status of your file.
But you know, Jake – we had not heard from you in quite a while.
And though all prayers are answered, and God ain’t got a quota,
He did not recognize your voice, and started a truck in South Dakota.”

Jake the Rancher

Does God know your voice?


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