Have you ever wondered if the Father REALLY answers prayers? I mean, in our little everyday life. Does it really matter if we pray for our future? Isn’t it already planned out?
We recently moved to a 115 year old farmhouse with 4-5 times more land then we were previously renting. It is going to be great … but there is a lot more to keep up with and my brother decided to buy a zero-turn lawnmower for the yards.
He purchased one, only to find out (after an extremely short time) that it was not described accurately. It had mechanical issues and did not work properly on our hilly terrain. He tried to contact the guy who sold it to him but the man was not interested in taking back this “wonderful” mower he had just sold the evening before. The situation was hopeless. My brother tried to reason with the guy but he would not budge.
As I stood outside repainting the quarter-round trim (an odd brown shade that provided an amazingly interesting contrast to the pink and green walls of our girl’s bedroom), I felt the urge to pray.
The prayer was not just for the man to be convicted and have a change of heart and to start walking honestly, but also for my brother and that he could accept whatever the Father had for him (even if that meant losing a chunk of the money he had been carefully saving for trucking school … and still be mower-less).
Tommy decided to send one more text, explaining our difficult situation and asking the man to please help him out. He was even willing to take a $100 loss, if the man would JUST TAKE THE MOWER BACK.
More prayer … a long silence … for him, a battle between hope and despair, frustration and anger … and finally, the man responded. His whole tone and words were changed and that evening, the mower was returned and Tommy had everything back, minus the time and some gas!!!
The Father moves in mighty ways! I am praising Him for the change He brought about, and thankful that He does lead us through difficult times to mold us into better tools for His service.
Sometimes His plans are different from our wishes and it is crucial that we never doubt Him … at the same time though, don’t shrink away from His presence. Be bold, worship Him, praise Him, sing to Him, dance before Him, rejoice in His mighty works … and lay your burdens at His feet. Even our Savior encourages us to call out, seek, knock on the door, be persistent … and find! (Luke 11:5-13)
He is mighty … how about you?
Another angel, who had a gold container for incense, came and stood at the altar. This one was given a lot of incense to offer with the prayers of the saints on the gold altar in front of the throne. Then the smoke of the incense, together with the prayers of God’s people, went up to God from the hand of the angel. Revelations 8:3-4.
P.S. Lydia said I should mention that a few days later Tommy was able to get a working lawnmower and this one is a John Deere, so that adds 100 pluses 🙂
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