Somewhere in the middle of my prayer, I pleaded, ďLord, we need $120.Ē
My wife and I were moving eight miles away, but this didnít lessen our challenges. One was internet service with a former provider. Everything appeared to be on schedule until we received an email stating, ďWe canít process your order. You have a past due amount.Ē
Two phone hours later, we discovered the error. Instead of disconnecting the service on our previous move day as requested, they entered our pro-rated amount as a partial payment, turned the balance over to the collection department and terminated our already discontinued service. Now they were penalizing us for a mistake they wouldnít admit.
So I prayed. Godís answer came in a quiet impression during my restless nightís sleep: ďSell something.Ē As antique collectors, we had plenty, but the challenge was finding buyers for what God said to sell-a china cabinet that had been convened in our booth for months and Lays and Lance cookie jars we didnít intend to sell. Within an hour of igniting the open sign, my wife had disposed of all three, netting more than enough to pay our bill.
Abrahamís servant also discovered prayer works. His master sent him on a wife-finding mission for his son. Knowing the importance of the journey, he prayed for God to act; O LORD, God of my master, Abraham, please give me success (Genesis 24:42 NLT). Shortly thereafter, Isaacís future wife materialized.
The most scholarly theologian canít explain how prayer works, but experience has taught me it moves Godís hand. So when youíre at your wits end-or even on just every ordinary day, cast a prayer Godís way and marvel over what he does with it.
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Dear Martin, It is encouraging to know that God cares and takes and interest in our lives even to the fact that we need things like $120. Prayer indeed does change things because we worship a God who is really there and He really does get moved by the requests of His children. BUT, have you thought about the fact that as a writer, God is looking to move your hand to do His work and say what He wants to say through your unique voice? Read Psalm 45:1 and meditate on what it means to be God's Ready writer. You don't need to be the best writer in the world, but if you are faithful anything is possible with God.