How Does God Answer Prayer?

I have testimony for you today. A small thing maybe, the world would certainly call coincidence, but a classic example of exactly how our Father provides for us.

We are so conditioned by the world, so dead to how the universe actually works that day in and day out we write off miracle after miracle as “coincidence”.

The bible says:

Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when yepray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them. Mark 11:24

‘That’s all very well’ I hear you say my beloved reader, ‘but I don’t have everything I desire!’

Well then I submit to you that your belief is not complete in that you don’t believe that you receive.

This morning I was making a shopping list for groceries and it became abundantly clear that there was not enough money in my kitty to get what I needed to feed my three growing boys for the next 10 days or so. As I fiddled about with the list trying to cut it down and feeling quite sad that it was woefully inadequate I could hear my boys in the kitchen…

“Mom, there’s no bread”… “Mom we need eggs”… “Mom the cereal’s gone”…

I’m a single Mom so I spiritually my Husband is Jesus and I felt let down, I do my best to be a good mother.

“Jesus” I said, out loud “You promised to provide for us, and that we would not go without any good thing and I believe you will”

My phone rang, no not Jesus, my grown up daughter. I knew this call was coming and I knew what the first thing she was going to ask me would be.

“Mom, is the world going to end today, what does the bible say?” I referred her to Matthew 24:35-36:

Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.

But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.

“Thanks Mom, you always make me feel better.” She sounded relieved, she worries about such things quite deeply. “what are you doing today?” I told her about the challenging shopping trip.

We went shopping and as we started down the aisles gripping the little list I had a text from her “I’ve put some money in your account on-line x”

Now of course I will pay her back, but it meant we could get what we needed. It didn’t even occur to me that it was Jesus answering my little prayer an hour earlier via my daughter! I laughed when I realised how quick we are to say “What a coincidence” and how slow to say “Thank you Lord, hallelujah”.


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