A wealthy farmer in Virginia, who owned a large number of slaves, found one of them reading the Bible. Telling him that there was enough time on Sundays to read the Bible and that he should be in the tobacco house working if he had any extra time, he commanded the slave to be whipped.
Returning to the place of punishment shortly after, the farmer heard a voice engaged in prayer. Curiosity led him to look inside the shed from where the voice arose. There he saw and heard his wounded, bleeding slave fervently pleading with the Lord to forgive the injustice of his master.
Struck with a sense of cruelty in contrast with his slave's goodness, the farmer returned to his house with deep feelings of guilt. God blessed the conviction of this event to produce a change in his outlook and behavior.
Sir Walter Raleigh once again made a request of the queen and she promptly asked, "Raleigh, when will you leave off begging?"
Sir Walter replied, "When your Majesty leaves off giving."
His answer so pleased the queeen that she immediately granted his request.
What lesson can we learn from this example about petitioning the King of kings and the Lord of lords?
When suffering crucifixion, what lesson can we learn from Jesus' first three petitions?