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By Lois Parker Edstrom
Objects suggested: A large nail partially embedded in a 2 x 4 or other thick board and a crowbar or hammer with a claw-end.
As you can see, I’ve pounded a nail part way into this board. It is really stuck and I can’t pull it out. Would you like to try? (Let the kids tug on the nail using only their fingers.)
Now let’s try pulling this nail out with the help of a crowbar. If I slip the head of the nail into the groove of the crowbar and press down on the handle the nail begins to move upward and gradually I am able to remove the nail from the board.
The crowbar gives the extra leverage needed to pull the nail out. Often there is more than one way to solve a problem and in this case leverage (prying down on the handle of the crowbar) gave me the extra strength needed to remove the nail.
Sometimes you come upon a situation or problem that is difficult and, at first, may seem impossible. You may feel as if you don’t have the strength to be able to do what you want or need to do. The Bible teaches us that we can “pray in the Spirit at all times.” The Spirit is God’s Holy Spirit and is the part of God that teaches and comforts us.
Prayer is a way we can approach a difficult problem. Prayer, like a crowbar, gives us the extra strength we need to complete a difficult task or find the solution to a tough problem.
The Bible reminds us to “be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his power.” As Christians we find our strength through prayer to God.
If you feel tired or discouraged, remember that there is often more than one way to solve a problem. Pray and “be strong in the Lord.”
Copyright 2012, Richard Niell Donovan