“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
Have you ever prayed for many days, months, or even years for help during a situation, troubled season, or circumstance, or praying for family or friends to find God?
Here’s a story about a prayer that got answered in an unlikely way. It was a prayer from my Mom to God about me.
When I was in Social Work, there were many trainings I was required to attend. Some gave handouts with questionnaires to be filled out. I often encountered one of those questions, you know, the one that asks, ” who’s your hero?” Well, I always listed Jesus and my Mom.
Okay, I digress; back to the story. My Mom passed away 24 years ago. While going through her things in one of her drawers, I found zipped pouches. One of those pouches had burst at the seams and had little pieces of folded-up paper spilling out.
So, I took those little folded-up papers, and the other pouches sat down and began unfolding and reading. I felt both taken aback and surprised if I can even combine those two feelings.
My Mom Loved Jesus with all her heart, and she was a good and faithful servant. When I began reading, I realized these were prayer requests she had written. Some of them were for my dad, family, and close friends. She was praying for them in many different situations, circumstances, and health.
As I continued reading them, I found what had to be way over a hundred prayers; Most were written for me.
“Lord, please help Paula in school,” ” Jesus, please protect Paula,” “Jesus, may you guide Paula’s friends,” and “Lord, may you please guide Paula.”
Now, mind you, her prayers went clear back to my high school years. Out of all those prayers, The most I read were “Jesus, I pray Paula comes to you.” ” I pray Paula finds and comes to know you,” “I pray Paula follows you.” There were more for me, but you get the gist here….
At the time, I was a lukewarm Christian. I believed in Jesus and asked him to be my Lord and Saviour. But I still didn’t” follow” Him. I was wrapped up in worldly things and material gain. I was one of those people who had to have what others had.
I prayed every day. But, boy, oh boy, did I ever make a lot of wrong turns. Oh, I could feel Jesus tugging at me, but I ignored him.
It wasn’t until many years later that I realized I could not do life on my own because every time I tried, I failed. So I surrendered to God, stopped my nonsense, began reading his word daily, and, you guessed it, I followed him. I asked him to come into my heart and proclaimed Jesus as my Lord and Saviour.
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