A Christian man told us the following true story:
“Several years ago, when I was attending college, we had an atheistic professor named Dr. Lee who hated God and the thought of prayer. Every year, just before the end of the school year, Dr. Lee would give a lecture against prayer. He would step in front of his lecture table and hold up a two-quart glass flask. There was a concrete floor in the classroom. Then he would say, ‘Now if there’s anyone here who believes in prayer, I’m going to ask you to stand and pray that when I drop this flask it won’t break. I want you students to know that all your prayers will never prevent this flask from breaking when I drop it on the concrete floor. I’ve been doing this for fifteen years, and the flask has always broken.’ A few weeks before the end of the school year, another Christian student came and asked me to pray that Dr. Lee’s flask would NOT break. So the two of us prayed for a few weeks, and my friend asked me to especially pray that he would have the courage to stand up to the professor on the day of the lecture.
“The day came when Dr. Lee would give his usual lecture against prayer. The moment came, and Dr. Lee said, ‘Is there anyone here who still believes in prayer?’
“The Christian student stood right up and said, ‘Dr. Lee, I do!’
“‘My, this is real interesting, isn’t it?’ sneered Dr. Lee. ‘We’ve got a fellow here who believes that God can answer prayer! Do you want to pray?’
“‘Yes, I do!’ replied the Christian student, and he prayed, ‘Dear Lord Jesus, I thank thee that thou hast heard me. For thy honor and thy name’s sake and for the honor of thy servant who puts his trust in you, don’t let the flask break. Amen.’
“Dr. Lee took the flask, held it out and opened his hand. God changed its course and drew it in. Instead of falling straight down, the flask hit the toe of Dr. Lee’s shoe and rolled over. And it did not break! The class laughed at Dr. Lee, and for the rest of the years that he taught at that school he never again lectured against prayer.”
“The lofty looks of man shall be humbled, and the haughtiness of men shall be bowed down; and the Lord alone shall be exalted in that day” (Isa. 2:11).