Fervent Prayer Admired At Methodist Picnic
a note from history...
Members of the Methodist Church in Goldendale, Washington, were holding Sunday services and a picnic basket dinner in an oak grove a few miles out of town one nice spring day in 1850.
Long tables were filled with good things to eat and the members were sitting down to the feast when a small dust cloud was noticed on the horizon. Shortly thereafter, a rider galloped up close to the table.
He was recognized as Frank Foss, one of three brothers reputed to be stock rustlers in the area. Nevertheless, he was invited to sit down to dinner. He accepted the invitation, sat down to the table and ate heartily.
After the meal, he arose and offered the most fervent prayer of the day. “It skinned all the other prayers by a town block,” observed one of the Methodists.
Frank asked the Lord to forgive his sins and save him from impending danger.
Just as he said “Amen,” another larger dust cloud was seen coming over the hill. Frank did not wait for the Doxology, but jumped on his horse and galloped swiftly away.
The second dust cloud proved to be the danger Frank had alluded to in his prayers. It was a heavily armed sheriff’s posse in pursuit of Frank.
Evidently, the fervent prayer was answered. Frank was not caught but got away and left the country.
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