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ASKING AMISS. Two boys were on the freshman debating team in college. The big night of their first debate, they nervously paced up and down their practice room offstage. The debating coach stuck his head in the door to remind them that the debate was only fifteen minutes away. Ages later he said it was five minutes. At that point one of the boys turned to the other and said, “Jim, let’s pray!” The other boy agreed, and the first boy simply blurted out, “Lord, help us to beat the pants off of those fellows out there.”

The second boy interrupted to suggest that they could not offer that prayer. With some anger the first boy wanted to know why, for his Bible says to ask anything. The response was, “Those boys out there are praying the same prayer; and God can’t answer both of them in the affirmative.”

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