There’s a story told about some people who were concerned because someone was planning to open up a bar in their town. Previously, there had been no alcohol sales there, and some feared that this change would bring negative consequences for the people of the town.
A local church began to pray that the bar would not open. They let it be known to everyone that they were praying in this manner. The church even invited the public to a special prayer meeting they organized shortly before the bar was scheduled to open.
After that prayer meeting, a storm came through the town. Lightning struck the bar, and it burned to the ground.
The owner of the bar blamed the church, and he took them to court. The church denied responsibility for what had happened. After the judge had heard both sides, he exclaimed, “Now, isn’t this interesting! It seems that the owner of the bar believes in the power of prayer, but the church doesn’t!”
“…The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.”—James 5:16.