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Many years ago we were conducting a meeting in Mayfield, Kentucky, stopping in the home of Brother and Sister Yates. They had two little children who loved the Lord and believed in prayer. Mrs. Yates related this experience to us. She said, "One day Cecil and Dannie came to me and said, 'Mother, can't we have fish for dinner?'" She replied, "No, it's too late as the fish man has already made his rounds and gone. I saw him pass some time ago." The children said, "We will ask the Lord to send him back." "No," said she, "it is too late, he is gone." But they replied, "We will ask the Lord to send him back." Soon she saw them back on the porch sitting on a couch, looking down the street. She said, "Children, what are you doing?" They replied, "Waiting for the fish man!" You say, "Did he come?" "What else could he do?" Mrs. Yates said in a very short time they heard the bell of the fish man ringing again, and she had never known him before or since to make the second round, and they had fish for dinner. Their idea of prayer was to ask for what you need and to believe and you would obtain. O that we were more like them.


From: EFFECTIVE ILLUSTRATIONS By William Moses Tidwell, Printed in U.S.A. 1943, Beacon Hill Press Kansas City, Mo.