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There is a priest in Dublin, Ireland named Father Foster

He tells about the day

he parked his car on a rather steep slope

close to his church.

His little terrier was lying on the back seat

and could not be seen by anyone outside the vehicle.

Father Foster got out of the car,

turned to lock the door,

and gave his usual parting command to his dog.

"Stay!" he ordered loudly.

An elderly man was watching the performance with amused interest.

Grinning, he suggested,

"Why don’t you just try putting on the emergency brake?"

Today Jesus reflects on the power of prayer.

To one who doesn’t believe in the power of prayer

watching someone pray

is the equal to watching someone say, "Stay," to their automobile

To one who doesn’t believe in the power of prayer

prayer is an exercise in futility.

But to one who believes in the power of prayer,

prayer is the most powerful

and the most reliable force in the world today.