Does God Really Answer Prayers? YES !
Perhaps not always in the way we think or even expect or want but yes, God is always faithful and answers prayer.
How do I know? Because over and over and even daily, He answers mine.
Oh that doesn’t mean that answered prayers also mean that life is all rosy and perfect. It’s not!
Take this morning–
My husband had a seizure—which is not unusual—they occur on average once a month. So immediately I start praying over him. In the physical I ensure that he can’t hurt himself anymore than the initial fall has hurt him—today he was lying in bed—so good—no fall—no bruises, no concussion, no possible broken bones—however he did bite his tongue really bad this time. My job? Using a washcloth or paper towel, I use it as a wick at the corner of his mouth and try to absorb as much blood up as possible to prevent him choking on it.
After ensuring the grips of the seizure are over and his breathing has returned to normal and he’s drifted into a natural state of sleep, I got dressed and went to the living room, turned on our local Christian music radio station, Life 100.3 FM and I start singing along with the songs and praising God.
Yes, praising God.
Why? Because my husband is still alive. He will sleep for the rest of the day and will not be able to do any heavy lifting for the next week as his muscles recover from the physical stress and tension tightening of the seizure—but he’s alive !!
After spending about ½ an hour of praising the Lord in song—
Next I turned to prayer.
Prayer for help. You see, we have an appointment today that can’t be altered. We have to be in a neighboring town to pick up a couch that has been donated to the District of Muskoka’s emergency housing unit. The people donating it are moving so I can’t change the arrangements to another day. I need help!! I can’t lift the couch by myself—so I pray!!
Lord, help show me who I am to call to help me. Trustworthy, capable, strong men. And men with at least 1 vehicle between them –then they can ride together while I go in our truck separately—no appearance of evil—not allowing myself to be alone with either man.
Within minutes the names of 2 men come to mind. I waited a few hours until 9 am and called them. Both have agreed to help. Thank You, Lord. So we will meet at 12:30 and go in at least 2 vehicles—we actually went in 3 vehicles. Again, Thank You, Lord.
Another prayer answered
I hang up the phone and glance out the front window.
Who is that? Someone has just drove in. She hops out with an envelope in her hand.
I quickly grab a coat and rush out to meet her—my husband needs to sleep undisturbed for as long as possible—due to his seizures being sleep pattern disturbances triggered.
Suddenly I recognize this friend as we meet up with each other on the front walkway. She hugs me as she hands the envelope to me. It is a window envelope and I spot the money. As she hugs me, she tells me that the Lord told her to bring it over. I hugged her back and wept.
I didn’t realize that I needed that quick moment to let my guard down and cry. I quickly explained Barry’s seizure a few hours earlier. She hugged me tighter and prayed over me and Barry.
His Timing is Always Perfect
Never, ever underestimate the timing of something God tells YOU TO DO for another person—Remember HIS TIMING is always perfect.
Yes, we needed the money—another of the triggers for my husband’s seizures is stress and lack of money can be a HUGE stress.
But I simply needed the hug from a friend and her perfect timing to just show up and at that moment.
She has now left, I’ve cleaned a spot in the garage for this couch we will be picking up this afternoon—we won’t deliver it today—that part I’ve been able to rearrange until next week.
You see, we are picking up the couch for the District of Muskoka—we will take it to their emergency housing unit. We have to remove the bed couch currently there and place this donated couch in its place.
We then, through our ministry Free Stuff 4 Daily Needs, will find a new home for the bed couch with another family in need.
This is all being done for FREE. The District of Muskoka is NOT PAYING us to do this for them.
So, yes, God answers prayer.
We needed some money—God sent a friend with a donation
God sent a friend to hug and pray with me when I needed a shoulder to cry on.
I needed 2 men and an additional vehicle—God gave me the names of 2 men—both agreed to assist, each having their own vehicle to drive
Where to put the couch?—God showed me how to rearrange other furniture in the garage to make enough space
Appointments for the day needed to be adjusted—God allowed all other appointments to be adjusted as needed.
I need my husband—God allowed him to survive yet another seizure—he’s still alive.
Does God really answers prayer?
“Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s Will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.” –1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 NLT
It has been a month now since this event and I’m just transcribing from written word to the computer—and as I started to type this article—that same friend called—it is now 8:30 pm and she is in town, can she pop over for a quick second. I haven’t seen or spoke to her since the day of this event. Sure, come on over.
She drives in, hugs me, squeezes money into my hand, comments that she hopes she is finding us better than the last time, when I have to quickly explain that (like with all of us) another situation of life has popped up that requires prayers and God’s Intervention and Answers.
She immediately starts praying over us once again—never, ever, underestimate what God is telling you to do and the timing of it !!!
Will God answer these prayers too? YES, YES, YES.