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Topic: Reward (09/27/04)

TITLE: The Reward Of Answered Prayer
By Cyndy McNaul-Nelson


All Godís Children have stories to tell of how God provided for them in their lives. There comes a time in believersí lives when they realize the futility of worry. Believers learn that the price they have paid to serve the Lord has secured Godís provisions for them. Jesus said that His followers would be despised. He said they would be hated. He said not to be afraid of what man can do to the body, but fear the one who can destroy both body and soul.

Grace and mercy are given to those who stand steadfast through trials. God proves Himself faithful to His followers in their fiery lifeís experiences as they watch the moving hand of God. When Jesus followers see difficult days, and when Jesus followers watch the onslaught of the enemy destroying the lives of their loved ones, is the moment God moves all of heaven and earth to bring forth the reward of answered prayer.

Sri Lanka is a country in which its Christian citizens are hard pressed by the government through the Sri Lankan Army (SLA). The believers here have experienced troublous times. Sometimes Tamil children are allowed to go to school, but when they get there the door is locked and the SLA bombs the school with the children inside.

There was the time that the SLA swept away and kidnapped hundreds of Tamil teenagers who were professed believers in Christ. The teens were herded to a river that provided drinking water for villagers up and down its banks, where they opened fire on the teens. They were all killed for their faith making martyrs of them. There were about four hundred remains of bodies found, but sadly the rest are still missing.

A pastor and his family were threatened by the governmentís SLA. Mandatory curfew laws forced certain families inside their homes with no reprieve to shop for their daily meals. A group of these believers were released from their homes and told to run. The pastor and his small group ran when shots rang out. The gunshots hit only one man in the lower abdomen.

The group fled to a nearby hiding place that the SLA knew not of its whereabouts. The first matter of attention was to pray for the wounded brother in the Lord. The statistics of his survival wasnít good, but God rises above statistics when it comes to those who have paid the price to follow Jesus. God heard their praises and answered with instant healing of the brother who had been wounded.

The second matter at hand to praise God for was their hunger. They had been several days without food. Everyone in the group was hungry, but particularly the children cried. Once again the small group in hiding began to pray, asking God once to send them some food. The rest of their time was spent in praising their Savior. And once again, because the people had paid the cost to follow Christ, God listened and sent the reward of answered prayer. He showed Himself faithful to His steadfast believers.

Within that day, a beautiful black raven alighted in front of the hiding place, which housed the group of persecuted Jesus followers and left half a loaf of baked bread for their consumption. Peace and thanksgiving filled their hearts as they mulled over the likeness of the raven feeding them with bread, as God had directed the ravens long ago to feed the prophets of old.

Member Comments
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Phyllis Inniss10/04/04
What a very sad story for the Sri Lankan Christians. I hope the raven not only brought bread but hope for the future of these Christ followers. We must pray for them. Thanks for sharing this story.
Glenda Lagerstedt10/04/04
This story is definitely 'food for thought.' Thanks for the reminder to pray for these brethren.
Teresa Lee Rainey10/05/04
amazing how this article is both heartbreaking and inspiring at once. Well done.
L.M. Lee10/08/04
what an amazing story! God is always busy taking care of us when we trust Him.
Nina Phillips07/02/05
I truly loved reading that article of the faith. Surely, the Lord hears our cries, and provides even in perilous times. Jesus said, except a corn of wheat fall to the ground and dies, it abides alone. If so, it brings forth much fruit. It is a truth even today, many have literally put their lives on the line for and to share the great gospel. This is an awesome testamony of the faithful and true.
Jesus taught us: There is no greater love than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. And you are my friends.
God bless ya!