Lessons From An Old Woman

On a Sabbath Jesus was teaching in one of the synagogues, and a woman was there who had been crippled by a spirit for eighteen years. She was bent over and could not straighten up at all. (Luke 13.10-11 NIV)

I remember the first time I prayed and God answered. I was nine years old at the time, and a relatively new Christian. It was a hot Brisbane day and my Dad had stopped at a petrol station to refuel the car. While he was inside, I said a very simple prayer, “God please let Dad buy me an ice-cream.” If only I had left it there, but not satisfied that my simple request would grab God’s attention, I felt compelled to add an additional sweetener on the end – “and I will serve you the rest of my life.”

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