Every  time I am asked to pray, I think of the old  fellow who  always prayed, ‘Lord, prop us up on our leanin’  side. ‘After  hearing him pray that prayer many times, someone  asked him  why he prayed that prayer so fervently.

He  answered, ‘Well sir, you see, it’s like this…  I got an old  barn  out back.  It’s been there a long time;  it’s withstood a lot of weather; it’s gone  through a lot of storms, and it’s stood for many  years. It’s still  standing. But one day I noticed it was leaning  to  one side a bit. So I went  and got some pine poles and propped it up on  its  leaning side so it wouldn’t fall. Then I got  to thinking about that and how much I  was  like that old barn.
I’ve  been around a long time.  I’ve  withstood a lot of life’s storms. I’ve withstood  a lot of bad  weather in life, I’ve withstood a lot of hard  times, and I’m still standing too. But I find  myself leaning to one side from time to time, so  I like to ask the Lord to prop me up on my  leaning side, ’cause I figure a lot of us get to  leaning at times.

Sometimes  we get to leaning toward anger, leaning toward  pettiness, leaning toward lies, leaning toward  gossip, leaning toward  bitterness, leaning toward hatred, leaning  toward cussing, leaning toward a lot of things  that we shouldn’t . So we need to pray, ‘Lord,  prop us up on our leanin’ side, so we will stand  straight and tall again, to glorify the  Lord.”

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