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Your Prayers, God's Power
Lake Speed
Wednesday, December 1, 1999

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Key Bible Verse:

"If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer"

(Matthew 21:22). Bonus Reading: 1 John 5:14-15

In 1985, a NASCAR team that had won races but had no sponsor asked me to be their driver. Rice and I prayed about it, packed up and moved. As the team prepared for the racing season, we prayed daily for a sponsor.

But the team was running out of money. We entered the first race of the season—the Daytona 500—anyway. We qualified with a white car with a big blue number—and no sponsor's name.

Saturday, I watched a preliminary race. Kent Brown, a guy I'd briefly met, sat next to me. He said, "I've never been to a stock car race. Tell me what's going on."

I did. It was a close race, and a car spun out. Kent said, "This is the most exciting thing I've ever seen! I'm with Nationwide Auto Parts. I came here to work out a sponsorship with a team, but never connected. Would y'all be interested in an associate [one-time] sponsor?"

Sunday, I started the Daytona with the painted-on sponsor's name still wet on the car! I finished second. Driving into the garage area, the first guy I saw was Kent. "This is great! We'll sponsor you fully for the rest of the year."

—Lake Speed in Wheels of Thunder

Personal Challenge

When have you seen God answer your prayer? Thank him for that sign of His care for you.

Thought to Apply

More things are wrought by prayer than this world dreams of.

Alfred Tennyson (ENGLISH POET, 17TH CENTURY)

Credits: Adapted from--Thursday:P. J. Richardson and Robert Darden, Wheels of Thunder (Nelson, 1997)

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