Have you ever felt the urge to pray for someone and then just put it on a list and said, "I'll pray for them later."? Or has anyone ever called you and said, "I need you to pray for me, I have this need."? Read the following story that was sent to me and may it change the way that you may think about prayer and also the way you pray. You will be blessed by this one.
A missionary on furlough told this true story while visiting his home
church in Michigan... While serving at a small field hospital in
Africa, every two weeks I traveled by bicycle through the jungle to a nearby
city for supplies. This was a journey of two days and required camping
overnight at the halfway point. On one of these journeys, I arrived in
the city where I planned to collect money from a bank, purchase
medicine and supplies, and then begin my two-day journey back
to the field hospital.
Upon arrival in the city, I observed two men fighting, one of whom
had been seriously injured. I treated him for his injuries and at the
same time talked to him about the Lord Jesus Christ. I then traveled
two days, camping overnight, and arrived home without incident. Two
weeks later I repeated my journey. Upon arriving in the city, I was
approached by the young man I had treated. He told me that he
had known I carried money and medicines. He said, "Some friends and I followed you into the jungle, knowing you would camp overnight. We planned to kill you and take your
money and drugs. But just as we were about to move into your camp, we saw that you
were surrounded by 26 armed guards. "At this I laughed and said
that I was certainly all alone out in that jungle campsite. The young
man pressed the point, however, and said, "No sir, I was not the only
person to see the guards. My five friends also saw them, and we all counted
them. It was because of those guards that we were afraid
and left you alone."
At this point in the sermon, one of the men in the congregation
jumped to his feet and interrupted the missionary and asked if he
could tell him the exact day that this happened. The missionary t
old the congregation the date, and the man who interrupted told
him this story: "On the night of your incident in Africa, it was
morning here and I was preparing to go play golf. I was about to putt when
I felt the urge to pray for you. In fact, the urging of the Lord was
so strong, I called men in this church to meet with me here in the
sanctuary to pray for you. Would all of those men who met with me
on that day stand up?" The men who had met together to pray
that day stood up.
The missionary wasn't concerned with who they were-he was too busy
counting how many men he saw. There were 26.
**This story is an incredible example of how the Spirit of the Lord
moves in mysterious ways. If you ever hear such prodding, go along
with it. Nothing is ever hurt by prayer except the gates of hell.
If we all take it to heart, we can turn this world towards Christ
once again. Have a great day]**
THE POWER OF PRAYER
As the above true story clearly illustrates, "with God all things are
possible" and more importantly, how God hears and answers the
prayers of the faithful.