Answered Prayer

As I reflect on God’s faithfulness to me over the course of the past week, I realize that I am most thankful for answered prayer. Allow me to explain:

I have a good friend (male), and to my knowledge, he is not spiritually inclined whatsoever. He’s a good man – as well as an incredibly loving husband and father – but seems to be uninterested in matters of faith. We’ve been friends for awhile, so I do not press the issue – the way that I see it, it is his choice to make; and even though I don’t necessarily agree with it, I respect his decision.

Anyway, he was going through a very rough patch earlier in the year, and when I heard the news, I told him that I would be praying for him (if he didn’t mind) – indeed, I was quite grateful that my friend was so receptive to the idea.

Several months have elapsed since then, and I had the opportunity to catch up with him over the past weekend. As he gave me the full update, I was carefully noting how – one by one – the Lord had faithfully and generously met my friend’s needs. I was quite amazed!

However, in my friend’s eyes, he simply believed that “luck” (whatever that is?) came his way, and that these blessings landed in his lap through a combination of serendipity and his own resourcefulness.

I said nothing to this. On the inside, I thought, “You can believe that if you want to, but from where I’m sitting, it sure looks like God has taken amazing care of you!”

Naturally, I continue to pray for my friend (including his yet unrealized spiritual needs), but the Lord is the One who arranges such matters, not me.

I suppose that my God-ordained role with this friendship simply has been to pray. And isn’t it a sweet thing when the Lord answers us so completely and tenderly? My friend may not see it, but I do – and I am quite thankful. 💛

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8 thoughts on “Answered Prayer

  1. That is great, so wonderful to hear! The hardest thing to do is to continue in prayer no matter how long it takes. For one friend, I prayed for her salvation for 1 year before she accepted the Lord and now her whole family is saved. For another friend, I have been praying for 5 years, and her heart is now slowly yearning for the Lord. And my male friend, oh gosh, my prayers for him have been for the past 5 years as well and his walls are so hardened as other Christians have judged him harshly for his mistakes. But praise God because few weeks he called himself a Christian, (before he claimed he was nothing) and I am very sure God will do something in these friends lives. At times I feel like quitting, but then I am reminded of the Lords love for his people and that I am called to pray and speak his word.

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