The Power of Prayer
A golfer, now into his golden years, had a lifelong ambition to play one hole at Pebble Beach, California the way the pros do it. The pros drive the ball out over the water onto the green that is on a spit of land that juts out off the coast.
It was something he had tried hundreds of times without success. His ball always fell short into the ocean. Because of this he never used a new ball on this particular hole. He always picked out one that had a cut or a nick.
Recently he went to Pebble Beach to try again. When he came to the fateful hole, he teed up an old, cut ball and said a silent prayer. Before he hit it however, a powerful voice from above said, "WAIT... REPLACE THAT OLD BALL WITH A BRAND NEW BALL."
He complied excitedly, convinced the Lord was telling him that he was finally going to achieve his lifelong ambition.
As he stepped up to the tee once more, the voice came down again, "WAIT...STEP BACK... TAKE A PRACTICE SWING." So he stepped back and took a practice swing.
The voice boomed out again, "LET ME SEE ANOTHER PRACTICE SWING." He swung again. Silence followed.
Then the voice spoke out again. "PUT BACK THE OLD BALL."