We all know and have probably been guilty at one time or another of the cliche, "I'm praying for you', or 'I'm gonna pray for you', or the 'will you pray for me?'" Know what I mean. I'm sure I'm not the only one in this group. This leads me to a though I've been holding on to for a couple of days.
There has been a stirring among a few of our youth guys and some of my close friends about challenging each other to pray more. WIth more passion & intention. To go before our creator with more desire to see Him move (in our lives, families, church, school, personal lives, work, etc.) On Sunday evening, a reminder txt went out from a student, voicing this call for more of God in our lives. He challenged everyone to get up and pray. So, (when for some reason) I woke up at 6 AM I decided to get up and pray. My list was long and specific. One of the issues was that the Lord sell our suburban. I had listed it for sale three days prior. That's it. A simple prayer, a request, a petition, in the middle of many other issues. I did have faith that it was in HIs hands. That he WOULD sell it. But that's it. I just left it there.
At about 8:00 I had a call and txt from a man who wanted to know if I would take his offer for the suburban, I countered, then he agreed and wanted to come over and drive it. I was going to call him after I dropped my son at school. At 8:30, I was walking into my office at FSBC when my dad gave me a call, "you got a lady down here wanting to drive and buy your suburban."
The short of it, the lady wanted it, wouldn't offer me enough, so the guy came, drove it, loved it, and put his money where his mouth was! Finally around 3:30, I had the title and he had the cash. After all the paper work was done, cash in the bank and taken care of I was driving back to the office.
Just then it hit me. God had answered my prayer. This was the first thought I had given toward my prayer (since I prayed it that AM) that day. I called Theresa and began to cry. I felt guilty. I had asked God to move, He did, and I didn't remember Him. So, I stopped what I was doing and gave Him thanks. Which leads me to where I am today in my prayer and meditation life.
How often do I pray and just leave it at that? We just offer up 'shout out's' and forget about it. But in Philippians 4:6 it says, "do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God."
I believed that the Suburban would sell; I mean it was a good vehicle, good price, in good condition. But honestly, those were my reasons that it would sell. I can say, that it was not in the forefront of my thoughts that my Suburban would sell because I trusted in the Lord to get it sold for me. When you pray, trust Him, then thank Him, and keep praying till He chooses to move (1 Thess 5:17).
Lesson Learned! Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
Christ Follower, Husband, Father, Student Pastor, and Lover of all things Garlic and Bacon.