Parable of a "Pool of Prayers"

There is a place where there is a very large pool with mossy rock formations in the middle of it from where water flows out of the crevices. The water in the pool is so crystal clear and sparkles like diamond under the bright sunlight.

The rock formations -- aside from pouring out water -- shoot out blood sometimes. But the water in the pool never turns red or gets murky beacuse as the bloody waters from the crevices flow down and combine with the crystal clear water in the pool, the blood dissolves and disappears without a trace.

Occassionally, the pool's water gate opens and releases some amount of the fresh crystal clear water down the water ways and into the fields, watering the crops most of the time, or flooding them at other times.

The waters that pour out from the cracks of the rocks are people's prayers, and the blood that shoots out sometimes from the crevices are the blood of the innocents that cry out to God for justice.

The water in the pool is God's answer to each of the prayers lifted unto Him. It is pure and never gets contaminated because it is holy. Every now and then He releases answers to the prayers. The fields are the nations of the world, and the crops are the people of the nations.

Do you pray for your country? Are you praying for your leaders? Suppose the Lord gives you as an assignment someone you don't like, what would your prayer be for that person?

This following verse marks the maturity of a Christian:

But I tell you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who mistreat you and persecute you, that you may be children of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the just and the unjust. (Matthew 5:44-45)