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There is a story by Hugh Price Hughes titled, “The City of Everywhere.” In this story a man arrives in a city one cold morning. As he gets off the train, he sees that the station is like any other station except for one thing everyone is barefoot. No one wears shoes.
He notices a barefoot cab driver. “Pardon me,” he asks the driver, “I was just wondering why you don’t wear shoes. Don’t you believe in shoes?”
“Sure we do,” says the driver.
“Why don’t you wear them?” asks the man.
“Ah, that’s the question,” the driver replies. “Why don’t we wear shoes? Why don’t we?”
At the hotel it is the same. The clerk, bell boys, everybody is barefoot. In the coffee shop he notices a nice looking gentleman at a table opposite him. He says, “I notice you aren’t wearing any shoes. I wonder why? Don’t you know about shoes?”
The man replies, “Of course I know about shoes.”
“Then why don’t you wear them?” asks the stranger.
“Ah, that’s the question,” says the man. “Why don’t we? Why don’t we?”
After breakfast he walks out on the street in the snow but every person he sees is barefoot. He asks another man about it, and points out how shoes protect the feet from cold. The man says, “We know about shoes. See that building yonder? That is a shoe manufacturing plant. We are proud of that plant and every week we gather there to hear the man in charge tell about shoes and how wonderful they are.”
“Then why don’t you wear shoes?” asks the stranger.
“Ah, that’s the question,” says the man.
Dr. Robert E. Goodrich told this story in his book, What’s It All About? Then he asks, “Don’t we believe in prayer? Don’t we know what prayer could mean to our lives? . . . Of course we do; we know about prayer. Then, why don’t we pray? Ah, that’s the question. Why don’t we pray? . . . Why don’t we?”
Ephesians 6:18 (NIV) – And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.
I’ve just come back from two weeks of conferences on international missions and I was with many missionaries from closed access countries. Let me tell you, if there ever was a time to pray for the persecuted saints, it is now. It is coming to a town near you, too, and you’d like them to pray for you.
PRAYER: Lord, teach us to pray! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
© 2015, Galen C. Dalrymple.
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