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You may have heard the story about evangelist Dwight L. Moody who was quite perturbed when a brother in Christ at one of his meetings continued to pray on and on and on. The man became so lost in his own eulogy on the Almighty that people in the audience became restless. As Moody saw no end in sight, he suddenly rose and said, “While our brother is finishing his prayer, let us sing number 75.”

This seemed quite rude and brusque, and Moody was criticized for it, but few know the rest of the story. In the audience was a medical student who was so bored that he reached for his hat and was ready to leave. When Moody suddenly switched the audience from trying to follow the tedious prayer to singing a song of grace and blessing, the young man’s...

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