Unoffered Prayer - The worst we can do is not pray. John
16:24 tells us "Hitherto have ye asked nothing
in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full."
The end of James 4:2b adds, "Yet ye have not, because
ye ask not." We need to worry less about unanswered prayers because
the problem is more often the unoffered prayer.
In Hugh Price Hughes' story, the City of Everywhere, a man arrived
in a city one cold morning. as he got off the train, the station was like
any other station with the crowds and redcaps, except that everybody was
barefooted. they wore no shoes. He noticed the cab driver was barefooted.
"Pardon me," he asked the driver, "I was just wondering why you don't wear
shoes. Don't you believe in shoes?"
"Sure we do," said the driver.
"Why don't you wear them?"
"Ah that's the question," came the reply. "Why don't we wear shoes? Why don't
At the hotel it was the same. The clerk, the bell boys, everybody was barefooted.
In the coffe shop he noticed a nice-looking fellow at a table opposite him
who was also barefooted. He said, "I notice you aren't wearing any shoes.
I wonder why? Don't you know about shoes?"
The man replied, "Of course I know about shoes."
"Then why don't you wear them?"
"Ah, that's the question. Why don't we? Why don't we?"
After breakfast he walked out on the street in the snow but every persoin
he saw was barefooted. He asked another man about it, and pointed out how
shoes protect the feet from cold.
The man said, "We know about shoes. See that building yonder? That is a shoe
factory. 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?"
"Ah that's the question."
Don't we believe in prayer? Don't we know what it could mean in our lives?
Then why don't we pray? Ah that's the question... Why don't we? (copied from
City of Everywhere pp. 632-633 - Nelson's Complete
Stories, Illustrations, & Quotations but originally from Charles
Allen, All things are Possible Through Prayer, Westwood, NJ:
Fleming H. Revell Co., 1963, pp.52-53)