Hire
Writers
Editors
Home Tour About Read What's New Help Forums Join
My Account Login
Shop
Save
Support
E
Book
Store
Learn
About
Jesus
  



The HOME for Christian writers! The Home for Christian Writers!
The Official Writing Challenge

BACK TO
CHALLENGE
MAIN

INSTRUCTIONS

how it works
submission rules
guidelines for
choosing a level

ENTRIES

submit your entry
read current entries
read past entries
challenge winners



Our Daily Devotional HERE
Place it on your site or
receive it daily by email.





TRUST JESUS TODAY

TRY THE TEST



Share
how it works   Submit

Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Eternity (03/10/11)

TITLE: Simple Scripture Prayers for An Eternity
By Kaye Swain
03/16/11


 LEAVE COMMENT ON ARTICLE
 SEND A PRIVATE COMMENT
 ADD TO MY FAVORITES

“See this pipe?” the tall workman asked me as I looked over his shoulder at my toilet. “We have mighty hard water in these parts,” he explained in his soft Southern drawl. “Eventually it builds up in these thin pipes, making it harder and slower for the water to get through.”

I nodded, then thanked him and let him get back to replacing the offensive tube while I settled thoughtfully at my computer.

Right before he arrived, I’d been praying for wisdom about how to pray for a dear friend whose walk with God has been faltering. As I went back to praying about him, and thinking over the reasons why he was struggling, I realized how similar his situation was to my clogged pipes. Only, in his case, it wasn’t hard water – it was a hard heart.

He had been praying about several large prayer requests over the last few months that God seemed to be saying “No” to. Or perhaps the answer was, “Wait – for a very long time.” Rather than choosing to “rejoice always” he had gotten mad. Mad at his broken knee. Mad at his being on bedrest for a prolonged period of time. Mad at himself for his carelessness. And mad at God for allowing all of this.

He pointed out to me, several times, the many examples of the psalmists, railing at God for their problems. He ignored the many other examples of how often they finished those lamenting psalms with a definite trust in God.

His Bible hadn’t been touched in weeks. And church? He went in body but “checked out” mentally as soon as he sat down.

I wasn’t worried about where he would spend eternity. I knew him well enough to know he did love God, and had truly meant it when he made his profession of faith over 30 years ago. But I also knew how stubborn he could be, how miserable he was making himself and I hurt for him over that – much more than over the broken knee, knowing that could heal up much easier.

Now, thanks to my toilet, I realized there were several encouraging Bible verses I could use as simple Scripture prayers for him.

“Lord, please bless George. Please touch his heart, and soften it and remove the hardness that is there. Please remind him that, while we don’t always understand what’s going on, we can always be confident of your powerful love for us. Please enable him to choose to ‘rejoice always, pray without ceasing and in everything give thanks.” Please remind him and reinforce for him Your sweet promises in the Bible including Romans 8:28 – that all things, even these struggles, do work for his good.”

Shifting a bit, I paused, then continued, “Father God, please scour his spiritual pipes clean between the two of you! Please help him to start talking to You AND listening to You through Your Word, sermons, and praise and worship music.”

Father, please give him a tender hug, just from You. And thank You Lord for leading me to pray for him, and for Your promise that You will complete that which You have started! “

“Dear Father, right now I choose to surrender him into Your hands and follow my own prayer advice by praising You – no matter what! In Jesus’ precious name I pray, Amen.”

As I finished my Scripture praying, I could feel my heart lighten. To paraphrase a favorite quote of mine, I don’t know what the future holds for George, but I know Who holds him and Who holds his future, and even Who holds his hard heart - for an eternity!


The opinions expressed by authors may not necessarily reflect the opinion of FaithWriters.com.
If you died today, are you absolutely certain that you would go to heaven? You can be right now. CLICK HERE

JOIN US at FaithWriters for Free. Grow as a Writer and Spread the Gospel.


This article has been read 240 times
Member Comments
Member Date
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 03/17/11
I enjoyed this straight-forward testimony. When a clogged toilet can answer a prayer to God, it really shows how far God's reach is!
Robert Johnson03/17/11
Nice job in conveying in story form what we all should be doing on a regular basis for one another. I appreciated the sentiment. Good job!
Brenda Rice 03/17/11
Perhaps your prayer is simple, but your insight is deep. Thanks for sharing. Good work.
Leola Ogle 03/23/11
I love the correlation between a normal earthly problem and the spiritual implications. Thanks so much for sharing. Great writing! God bless!
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 03/24/11
Congratulations for placing 11th in your level!