"The Empty Chair" About praying...

Discussion in 'Spirituality/Worship' started by booboo56, Sep 16, 2004.

  1. booboo56

    booboo56 New Member

    "The Empty Chair"

    A man's daughter had asked the local minister to come and pray with her father. When the minister arrived, he found the man lying in bed with his head propped up on two pillows. An empty chair sat beside his bed.
    The minister assumed that the old fellow had been informed of his impending visit. "I guess you were expecting me," he said.
    "No, who are you? said the father.
    "I'm the new minister at your church," he replied. "When I saw the empty chair, I figured you knew I was going to show up."
    "Oh yeah, the chair," said the bedridden man. "Would you mind closing the door?" Puzzled, the minister shut the door. "I have never told anyone this, not even my daughter," said the man.
    "But all of my life I have never known how to pray. At church I used to hear the preacher talk about prayer, but it went right over my head." "I abandoned any attempt at prayer," the old man continued, "until one day about four years ago my best friend said to me, 'Joe, prayer is just a simple matter of having a conversation with Jesus'. Here is what I suggest. Sit down in a chair; place an empty chair in front of you, and, in faith, see Jesus on the chair. It's not spooky because He promised, 'I'll be with you always.' Then just speak to him and listen in the
    same way you're doing with me right now."
    "So, I tried it and I've liked it so much that I do it a couple of hours every day. I'm careful though. If my daughter saw me talking to an empty chair, she'd either have a nervous breakdown or send me off to the funy farm." The minister was deeply moved by the story and encouraged the old guy to continue on the journey. Then he prayed with him and returned to the church building. Two nights later thedaughter called to tell the minister that her daddy had died that afternoon. "Did he die in peace?" he asked.
    "Yes, when I left the house about two o'clock, he called me over to his bedside, told me he loved me and kissed me on the cheek.
    Then I got back from the store an hour later, I found him dead.
    However, there was something strange about his death. Apparently, just before Daddy died, he leaned over and rested his head on the chair beside the bed. What do you make of that?"
    The minister wiped a tear from his eye and said, "I wish we all could go that way."


    I got this from Bible Trivia

    Hope it touches someone :)
    Hugs & prayers,
    Joan
  2. s-rose

    s-rose New Member

    Everyone would be a lot happier if we all talked to Jesus in the way the old man did.

    After all He is our best friend and how do we talk to our best friend.

    great lesson in the story

    Love and Prayers,
    Susie Rose
  3. grge

    grge New Member

    your story was and just maybe duing this very stressful week God moved you to send a story that has left me in peace this morning

    Gods blessings on you
    georgia
  4. PrayerWarrior316

    PrayerWarrior316 New Member

    Thank You so much for sharing such a wonderful story with all of us. I really enjoyed it.

    Blessings, Judy <a href='http://www.smileycentral.com/?partner=ZSzeb008' target='_blank'><img src='http://smileys.smileycentral.com/cat/17/17_1_22.gif' border=0></a>