Church Declares, “God Doesn’t Answer Prayer”

16 07 2013

Much to the consternation of the congregation, a gentleman purchased land in their town and built a tavern on it.

The body was not going to put up with this, though, and made the tavern’s removal a matter of prayer.

During an electrical storm, the tavern was struck by lightning and burned to the ground. ย The congregation rejoiced over the removal of this “den of iniquity.”

On the other hand, the tavern owner was highly upset. He’d been told that the church was praying for his business to fail. Incensed, he hired a lawyer and filed a law suit against the church, blaming their prayers for his loss.

Unwilling to pay for reconstruction of the tavern, the church also hired a lawyer, stating that their prayers were not the cause of the lightning strike that destroyed the man’s livelihood.

On the first day of the hearing, the judge, having heard both sides’ opening remarks, stated the following:

“Despite the outcome of this trial, one thing is certain. The tavern owner believes in the power of prayer…

…the church does not!”


This story was told by our pastor Sunday morning. I thought I’d share it with you.

The Bible says, “Ask and it shall be given to you.” Do we ask with expectancy?

Do we recognize and acknowledge when God has given the petitions we ask of Him?

The world is watching!

Have you ever found yourself doing something like this? If so, do tell!




10 responses

17 07 2013

Yes, this story goes back a long way but I haven’t heard it for years – thanks for bringing it back to mind. It shows how religion can muzzle spirituality in such a powerful tale. Let’s just pray and take the consequences!

17 07 2013

I think the word “tavern” gave that away! I haven’t heard a bar called a tavern in a long time! It would have been fantastic to see how it played out if the church stood up and declared, “Hallelujah!” the owner got it – God does answer prayer. ๐Ÿ™‚


16 07 2013

Still shaking my head . . . WOW! Thank you for sharing!

16 07 2013

You’re welcome!


16 07 2013

Love this story! Look forward to following your blog. Blessings!

16 07 2013

Thanks for joining the family here. I can’t wait to read more from you, too!

In Him,
Praise Jesus!

16 07 2013

first response: WOW…shaking my head. Thank you for sharing this!

16 07 2013

Thanks for your comment!

The story cracked me up! The perfect play out of this would have been for them to not fight it, let God pay to rebuild the tavern…then burn it up again! Surely He would have provided the money…and the story would have gotten Him lots of publicity. ๐Ÿ™‚


16 07 2013

All I can say is, “Wow!” (maybe a little “ouch”, too…)

16 07 2013



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