The Grocery List

A poorly dressed woman with a defeated look on her face walked into a grocery store and asked the owner if he would let her charge a few groceries. She explained that her husband was very ill and that she had seven children. The grocer scoffed at her request and asked her to leave the store. “Please, sir,” the woman said, “I will bring you the money as soon as I can.” The grocer said, “No.” Standing beside the counter was another customer who had overheard the conversation between the two. He walked over to the owner and said, “Give her what she needs and I will foot the bill.” The grocer reluctantly asked the woman if she had a grocery list. “If you have,” he said, “put it on the scales and whatever your grocery list weighs, I will give you that amount in groceries.”

The women hesitated for a moment. Then she reached into her purse, pulled out a slip of paper, wrote something on it, and put it on the scale. The eyes of the grocer popped when the scales went down and stayed down. He kept piling on groceries and more groceries and the scale wouldn’t balance. Finally the scales could hold no more. In utter disgust, he grabbed the piece of paper and looked at it with great amazement. It was not a grocery list at all. The woman had written a prayer request which read, “Dear Lord, You know my needs and I am leaving this in Your hands.”

The grocer gave her the groceries and the other customer paid the bill. The woman thanked them both. The customer, as he paid the bill, said, “It was worth every penny of it. Only God knows how much a prayer weighs.”

What a truth… “Only God knows what your prayer weighs.” There is power in prayer.

Pastor George Belobaba

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