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Here is a story about how the joint efforts of many, especially in the world of prayer, can accomplish something great.

There was a heavy bronze bell that had sunk to the bottom of a river in China. The efforts of various engineers to raise the bell were unsuccessful. At last, a monk asked for permission to make the attempt, on condition that the bell should be given to his temple. After receiving permission, he then had his assistants gather an immense number of bamboo poles.

Bamboo is hollow, light and practically unsinkable. The poles were taken down by divers, one by one, and fastened to the bell.

After thousands of poles were fastened, the bell began to move, and when the last one had been added, the buoyancy of the accumulated poles was so great that they actually lifted the enormous bell to the surface.

You may think that your piece of bamboo, your prayer and your efforts, is too small and too light-weight to make any difference, but I believe that God is asking us to realize that without us and our prayers, nothing much will change, nothing much will be accomplished.

(Source: Rev. Bob Cook)

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