The man was an experienced mountain climber, hiker, and outdoorsman. But this day would be unlike any other in his entire life. Lost on a mountain, searching for a way down, he spotted a lion nearby. Worse yet, the lion spotted him. The lion started his approach. The man had no chance to escape. So he prayed.
He said, “God, you can see I’m in trouble here. I’m lost and I’m stuck. There’s a lion coming, and he looks really hungry. If you can get me out of this mess, I’ll do anything you want me to do. I’ll give to the poor, I’ll be a better husband, I’ll be a good father, and I’ll even go to church this Easter. But just get me out of this mess.”
When he finished his prayer, he looked up. It was a miracle! Just as he prayed, the lion stopped. Then he sat. And then he prayed. Yes – the lion prayed.
“Wow! A praying lion!” the man thought to himself. “This lion must be a Christian!”
And then he heard the lion’s prayer. “Lord, thank you for this meal you have set before me.”
Don’t worry. No animals (or people) were hurt in the telling of this story. But there is a lesson for each of us. The next time you feel lost and stuck, pray. Better yet, pray before you get in trouble. God beckons us, “Call on me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor me” (Psalm 50:15).