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UpBeat Spiritual Living: Who Is God Sending You?

July 24, 2013

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Prayer, prayers answered

Photo (c) Kebba Buckley Button

Sometimes, we pray for help, and help comes in ways we don’t recognize.  Two days ago, my husband lost a set of keys.  I prayed, from the twin convictions that God knew where the keys were—since God knows all–and that He would be pleased to help us when we asked.

Within a minute, my husband found the keys in a place where he had already looked a number of times. It was clear to us that God had answered our prayers, and how, and when.  However, sometimes we pray, and we’re not sure if God is working on it or planning to respond in a different way than we ever expected.  Consider this old story.

Prayer, prayers answered

Photo (c) Kebba Buckley Button

A man named John hears a flood is coming.  It has been raining heavily, and his house is expected to be flooded.  John prays, in faith, for God to save him and his dog.  The floodwaters reach his front door and begin to wash in.  A boat comes by, and people call to John to jump to the boat with his dog; they will save him and the dog.  John says, “No, God is going to save us!”  He and the dog go to the second floor.  John prays again for God to save them.  Another boat comes by, and people urgently call to John to jump in with his dog and be saved.  John says, “No, God is going to save us!”  Now he and the dog have to go to the roof, and John prays again for God to save them.  A helicopter appears, as if from nowhere, and a rope is lowered.  A National Guard officer shouts to John, over the sound of the blades, rain and driving wind, to take the rope and bring his dog under his arm.  John shouts back, in total faith, that God is going to save them.  Shortly, John and his dog are dripping wet in Heaven’s waiting room.  When it is their turn to meet God, God starts to ask John questions, when John, feeling betrayed, cries out in pain, “God, why did you not save us from the flood???”  God says, “My son, I sent two boats and a helicopter for both of you!”

When you last prayed for help, did you get a clear answer?  Or did you later realize you had what you needed, somehow?  What good information, people, reassurance, resources, boats, helicopters, and ropes has God been putting your way?  God wants to be in relationship with you, and God wants to hear from you, whether you have heard Him replying, or not.



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8 Comments leave one →
  1. July 24, 2013 2:52 PM

    Most people don’t realize that God answers quickly if you are asking for peace, answers or understanding. Too often we pray for material goods and he knows we don’t really need them.

  2. July 24, 2013 2:59 PM

    I have heard that story many times and it has the same effect every time! I love it and it is so true. Some people forget that the form of help will most likely come from other people, you just have to accept it.

  3. July 24, 2013 3:27 PM

    Wonderful post and story!

    I believe that God is “always” reaching out to us, always ready to lend a hand and give support when we ask. We just have to believe it to be so. If we are not ready (in our belief) to receive the help when it arrives, we won’t be able to recognize it.

    It always helps me to give a prayer of gratitude for what I’m about to receive – that way, I’m “affirming” that it’s already here.

    God bless you and thank you with Love,

    • July 24, 2013 3:43 PM

      Gena, Amen! Gratitude is an important component of our relationship with God. Thanks so much for visiting and sharing.

  4. August 24, 2013 8:54 PM

    Hi Kebba, So thankful that God responds in His perfect time.
    Many blessings,

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