Here’s a story that will encourage you.
A woman whom we know was going through one of the worst times of her life. She felt dejected, rejected, and unwanted. To her, nobody loved her and she almost felt like giving up. Thoughts of suicide were going through her mind. In humility last Sunday, she took the courage to ask the pastor for prayer. You know, it takes courage sometimes to do that. But there are benefits! The pastor laid hands on her (that’s a method of praying, by the way, not a forceful act!) and prayed God’s blessings upon her.
Well, you would have almost thought that “that was enough”. What I mean to say is that “that was enough for God to be able to do something in this woman’s life”. Because after that, we ran into her (oops, another expression! We didn’t literally run into her!). We invited the woman out for lunch, and had a great time. At lunch, the woman was also able to share freely with us about how she felt, and some of her struggles. We again prayed for her. The woman thanked us and was very grateful. She was beginning to feel much better than she had in a long time. However, we always pointed her back to that one step she took in going to ask the pastor for help. It was that, we maintain, that was the catalyst for helping her through her great trial.
Well, the story doesn’t stop there, thank God. You see, this woman had not seen one of her son’s in about 18 months. And the next day was her birthday. Well, who should show up on her doorstep on her birthday to greet her but her son? It was a reunion worth mentioning. It was a warm time in which the son asked for forgiveness from his mother for not keeping in touch. We also had the woman over for dinner on her birthday and she relayed this story to us. Again, we pointed her back to that one step she had taken the day before, when she had gone forward to ask the pastor for prayer. We told her it was because of that one step that she took, and now look at what had happened! This woman’s sorrow was now being turned into sheer delightful and tremendous joy!
Well, this is the testimony that I bring to you today. We had this woman over at our house, and we are glad to be part of this woman’s life. What a privilege to “co-partner” with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in the work of the gospel! Today, I want to encourage you, nothing is impossible with God! He hears us when we pray, so take the courage today to ask someone to pray for you in your hour of need. God hears, and answers!
“Hear, O LORD, when I cry with my voice: have mercy also upon me, and answer me.” (Psalm 27:7)
“Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.” (Jeremiah 33:3)
“I called upon the LORD in distress: the LORD answered me, and set me in a large place.” (Psalm 118:5)
“In the day of my trouble I will call upon thee: for thou wilt answer me.” (Psalm 86:7)