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> Be a person of prayer...
> 
> Those of us committed to a lifestyle of loving the world need to
> learn to pray, to be sensitive to the Lord's nugdes, to regularly spend 
time
> at
> the throne.
> 
> A missionary on furlough told this true story while visting his 
> home church in Michigan...
> 
> While serving at a small field hospital in Africa, every two weeks
> I traveled by bicycle through the jungle to a nearby city for supplies. 
This
> was a journey of two days and required camping overnight at the halfway 
> point. On
> one of these journeys, I arrived in the city where I planned to collect 
> money from a bank, purchase medicine and supplies, and then begin my 
two-day
> journey back  to the field hospital. 
> 
> Upon arrival in the city, I observed two men fighting, one of whom
> had been seriously injured. I treated him for his injuries and at the 
same
> time witnessed to him of Lord Jesus Christ. I then traveled  two days, 
> camping overnight, and arrived home without incident.
> 
> Two weeks later I repeated my journey. Upon arriving in the  city,
> I was approached by the young man I had treated. He told me that he had 
> known I carried money and medicines. He said, "Some friends and I 
followed > you into  the jungle, knowing you would camp overnight.  We 
planned to kill
> you
> and take  your money and drugs. But just as we were about to move into 
your
> camp,
> we saw that you were surrounded by  26  armed guards." 
> 
> At this I laughed and said that I was certainly all alone out in
> that jungle campsite. The young man pressed the point, however, and said 
"No
> sir, I was  not the only person to see the guards. My five friends also 
saw
> them,
> and we all counted them. It was because of those guards that we were 
afraid
> and left you alone."
> 
> At this point in the sermon, one of the men in the congregation
> jumped to his feet and interrupted the missionary and asked if he could 
tell
> him
> the exact day that this happened. The missionary told the congregation 
the
> date, and the man who interrupted told him this story: 
> 
> "On the night of your incident in Africa, it was morning here and I
> was preparing to go play golf. I was about to putt when I felt the urge 
> to pray  for you In fact, the urging of the Lord was so strong, I called 
men
> in
> this church to meet with me here in the sanctuary to pray for you. Would 
all
> of
> those men who met with me on that day stand up?" 
> 
> The men who had met together to pray that day stood up. The
> missionary wasn't concerned with who they were--he was too busy counting 
how
> many men
> he saw. 
> 
> There were 26.
> 
> This story is an incredible example of how the spirit of the Lord
> moves in mysterious ways.  If you ever hear such prodding, go along with 
it.
> Nothing is ever hurt by prayer except the gates of hell. 
> 
> I encourage you to forward this to as many people as you know.  If 
> we all take it to heart, we can turn this world towards Christ once 
again.
>