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"George Bailey's Prayer" - by Rev. Weldon Bares


I would like to know how many times I have seen “It’s A Wonderful Life.” I recently watched it once again. The movie was made in 1946 and has been enjoyed by generations. The movie was directed and produced by Frank Capra. It was nominated for five Academy awards, including Best Picture. It is considered to be one of the greatest movies of all time.

A particular scene in the movie really speaks to me every time that I see it. It is a turning point in the story. George Bailey, played by Jimmy Stewart, is at the end of his rope. His life has fallen apart. He is contemplating suicide.

He is sitting at a bar in complete despair. He is facing bankruptcy, arrest, and scandal.

In this dark time in his life, he quietly prays, “Dear Father in heaven, I’m not a praying man, but if you’re up there and you can hear me, show me the way . . . show me the way.”

The prayer of George Bailey comes from the depths of his despair. It is a prayer of brokenness. His prayer is such an honest prayer. It is a prayer that we can join together in praying.

His prayer reminds me of the ending of Psalm 91: “He shall call upon me and I will answer him, I will be with him in distress.” (Psalm 91:15)

Today, like George Bailey, if you have lost your way, pray. If you don’t know where to turn or what to do, pray. If your back is against the wall, pray. God will answer in the right way. Let’s trust in the One who said, “I will be with him in distress.”

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