Wednesday, April 20, 2011

God Answers Prayer... And Sometimes Really Fast!

 This really blessed me, so I had to re-tell it...

A couple of days ago, my son drove to the auto parts store to get a part for his new car. On his way home he stopped by 7-11 to get a soda.... he even called me to see if I wanted anything (of course I did!). Wasn't that nice? Anyway...

After he'd been home for a short while, he realized he didn't have his wallet and there was a big hole in his pocket. He searched the whole house, inside his car, in the front yard, the street... everywhere. It was nowhere to be found. Finally, he decided he should go back to 7-11 and check to see if someone turned it in. You can hope, right?

Nope. Not there. Not in the parking lot either.

It wasn't so much the money he had lost, but that his Health Card and TAM Card were in his wallet. He's starting a new job next week and wouldn't have time to get the cards replaced beforehand. Not to mention all the trouble that could arise from someone obtaining your Driver's License, Social Security #, and  bank card.

Now, I was praying he would find his wallet. I prayed it was in some spot that was just overlooked and one of us would see it. Sometimes it helps to have a fresh pair of eyes looking with you.

Didn't happen. And we looked everywhere!

I felt so bad! I told him the first thing he should do is cancel his debit card. Can't buy anything if the card doesn't work.

So then I prayed...  "Lord, convict the person who picked it up... touch their heart that they would return it to him and not keep it. Please Lord! And thank you! In Jesus' name, Amen."

Well, about 15 minutes later... as my son was upstairs, talking to the bank on his cell, someone knocks at the door. I told my daughter to see who it was. The neighbor kids had been knocking all morning.  "Make sure you look out the window first!", I told her.

As soon as she said "I don't know who it is!", I knew it was the answer to prayer! I ran to the door and opened it to find a man I didn't know asking for my son. I excitedly yelled up the stairs for him to come down (realizing I was yelling in this poor man's face... I apologized.)

The man obviously knew I was curious (and excited) and held up my son's wallet for me to see. "Oh, my gosh!!! Yay!" I screamed. My son came down the stairs with a big smile and a look of great relief on his face. "Thank you, thank you, thank you!" was all we could say. I told him he was a such a blessing and we gave him a small token of our appreciation. He said we didn't need to give him anything... but I wish we could have given more.

It's a wonderful thing to see God answer a prayer so precisely and so quickly. There is no doubt in my mind that God hears us and cares about the things that concern us... no matter how big or how small. He has proved it over and over again in my life! This is just the answer to one of many... and each is a blessing.

And I will NOT forget the man who returned my son's wallet! What an awesome thing to do. Not many people would go out of their way to do that. We live a few blocks away from where it was lost. He could have kept it, put it in the mail, or turned it in. Either way would have meant a lot of unnecessary trouble and concern for my son. I really appreciate what he did. It speaks well of his character. I pray God will bless this man.

I wish I would have opened the door and said "You have my son's wallet, don't you? I prayed God would send you here!" Now wouldn't that have been a great witness? I hope one day to have that kind of boldness.

Don't ever assume that your prayer is too big or too small for God. Have the boldness to bring all your requests before Him... and just see what He will do!

"You do not have, because you do not ask God"
(James 4:2b).

"Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God."
~Philippians 4:6 

Thanks for reading and God bless!
Mary Ann :)


Velvet Ann Blodgett said...

Our Lord is AWESOME. I love these encouraging & uplifting stories.
Thanks for sharing.

Mary Ann said...

Thanks Velvet! I like to share what God does! It's a great reminder for me as well.

Love ya! :)

Becky said...

I love it! I very randomly found your blog and couldn't stop reading some of your posts. Thank you for all of the inspiration! Oh, and if you are reading Karen Kingsbury you have to try the Redemption Series. I LOVED those books

Tracy Todd said...

What a great witness it would have been if you had immediately told the man that you knew he was an to a prayer. You are still sharing the story though with all of us out in cyberspace. It is still a wonderful testimony to the power of our God! Thanks for sharing!!

Mary Ann said...

Thanks Becky! I'm glad you enjoyed some of my posts. It's nice to hear that. Yes, I love Karen Kingsbury! The Redemption Series is on my list to read. She is one of my new favorites and I'm thrilled that she has so many titles to choose from!

God bless! :)

Mary Ann said...

Thanks Tracy! I almost didn't share the story because I was disappointed in myself for not speaking up. But the real story is of God's goodness... not my own. He still answered our prayer. He is so good! I hope some day to have that kind of boldness... it would have been a great witness, wouldn't it! :)

Thanks for visiting and have a great Easter weekend! God bless!

Anonymous said...

I had what I would have thought to be the biggest request ever... it's almost like passing an act through congress to get my 3 year old son to sleep. I came down with the flu and have no energey.... I said God please just help me I know this took 2 hours last night but please help me tonight! In about 7 minutes Maddox was off to sleep. I had tears in my eyes!!!!

Sharon said...

Dear Mary Ann,

I was asked to do a short devotional for a small women's group gathering this Sat. Feb. 6, 2016.
I had been reading devotionals to find something but not coming upon what I thought I wanted.
This morning, I called a friend who is in a nursing care facility and is usually in a lot of pain.
She told me that she couldn't talk long that she had a painful problem that the nurses had given her pain meds and ointments and it wasn't helping. She could not concentrate to do her devotions, etc. After I got off the phone I began to ask God if he would please help her, that everything that could be done for her by the nurses was not working. Within minutes she called me back and the first words she said were, "It's a miracle the problem has stopped." I waited till she finished telling me how excited she was, and then told her how amazed I was that it happened and so fast. When I had prayed, I had the thoughts in my mind that God answers in His time but I pleaded that He might please help her. I told her, we need to give Praise to God right now and we did. I called my mother to tell her about it and that I still hadn't found a devotional. She said that God may have given it to me and I couldn't see it. Then she said what about telling abut what has just happened. So, that is what I will be doing. But, I went online and typed in When God Answers prayers quickly and one of the sites brought up was yours. So, If you don't mind, I'd like to use this story of yours as part of my devotional, too. Praises to our Father in heaven for His wonderful love for us. Sharon


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