August 20, 2016

Prayers DO get Answered--2 Examples

“I have been driven many times upon my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere else to go. My own wisdom and that of all about me seemed insufficient for that day.”—Abraham Lincoln

My last article was about how prayers are not always answered in the anticipated way. Our requests may not be met right away, or they might not come about at all. If what we’re asking for would be dangerous or traumatic, God won’t give it to us. He knows what we need; often, we don’t.

Prayer is a great way to tap into God’s wisdom. Immediate answers to prayers build our faith in a huge way. They’re proof of God’s existence and love for mankind. I would like to share some examples from my life and that of a cherished Google+ friend:

Susan Clark (in her own words):

1.     In one of the first jobs I had post-college, I had no car and actually no driver's license. (I got my license post-college.) My bus that would take me to work passed me by, and I knew a new bus wouldn't come by in a while, so I prayed that God would help me find a pay phone so I could call my job and let them know I'd be late. I found one across the street from where I was, and when I stepped up from the crosswalk, I ran into my pastor who gave me a ride to work in his car.

2.     The second example has to do with my first book which is out of print, (although I'm working on republishing it.) At a dramatic point in the story, I wanted a girl's violin to be broken. It was important to the story that the damage to the violin seem to be devastating and yet the violin would be able to be repaired. I had no idea how much damage could be done and have the violin still repairable. I didn't think even my violin playing friends would know the answer to that question. I was at my then job, dusting gift items at a book store and praying really hard over this issue.

When I got home, I talked to my mom about the problem. She told me to look at "Guideposts" magazine that had arrived in the mail that day. In the magazine, there was a true story about a violinist whose instrument broke into eight pieces after she fell with it on ice. She was able to have it repaired and claimed it played as well as before. I was so amazed by this answer! I modeled my fictional incident (in terms of the scope of damage) after this real one. :)

1.      I had a cough that was keeping me up for about two nights. I usually get a prescription cough syrup. In this case, I didn’t want to spend the time and money to go see a doctor. I was led to an over-the-counter medicine that worked just as well as my usual doctor-prescribed medicine.
2.     One day, I had just finished running a few errands when I noticed my credit card was missing from my wallet. In the beginning, I panicked. I couldn’t even think straight. I feared my identity would be stolen and my credit would be ruined.
Finally, I felt a calm feeling come over me. Something told me that I would find my credit card, if I retraced my steps. I remembered that I had been to a certain gas station, and I decided that I might have dropped my card while I was getting gas. I prayed someone would have turned it in to the office. When I returned to that building, sure enough, the cashier had my credit card.

My Conclusion

“Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” Mark 11:24 (NIV)

Sometimes, prayers give us immediate guidance and knowledge. We know this is God working; it’s way beyond what we can know or do. Small miracles like that sustain our faith through the hard times.

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