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Have you ever read Christian articles about how you should pray, why you should pray, and to whom you should pray? I have. I’ve even written articles on some of those topics myself. But today I want to share a beautiful testimony that doesn’t just share the how, why, and who of praying. The following testimony is a reminder that prayer really works in our everyday lives and with our everyday problems IF WE LET HIM.
My niece recently shared about how God was recently at work in her life, how it came about, and how she eventually experienced the Lord’s presence and blessing.
“This is my ONE year anniversary with Company B!
I’d like to share a little about my Christian journey over the past few years. I am sharing because my relationship with the Lord has always been very private and personal, and I am working on sharing more about how God has been working in my life. Here it goes!!!
On January 2, 2015, after an excellent Christmas break filled with great food [cooked by my stepmother] and precious time with my sister, I was preparing to leave my parents central Texas home for Albuquerque, New Mexico. Since I had been living and working in New Mexico for the past 3 years, I was accustomed to the long drive. It has always been an extremely boring drive through the long stretch of highway through west Texas.
Weather reports indicated there was a massive snow storm headed for where I was headed! But, my stubborn personality reared its ugly head and I decided to push through and head back home to Albuquerque. My driving route included taking 1-10 to El Paso; then 1-25 straight up to Albuquerque. Little did I know that this trip would change my life forever! Once I passed El Paso and was heading home on I-25, it started snowing really BAD. I found myself skidding, swerving, and hanging on to my steering wheel for dear life. Many vehicles had already veered off the road and I was fearful I might soon be one of them. Then in Truth or Consequences, New Mexico*, I beheld a scene I never thought I would see. I witnessed an 18-wheeler flip over about 200 yards in front of me. Luckily, I was safe and pulled over to the side of the freeway. However I pulled out my phone and called 911 immediately. I gave the emergency dispatcher the mile marker of our location. When the ambulance and fire department showed up, I was free to go. I stayed around long enough to see that the driver of that 18-wheeler was safe and unharmed. I was shaking and sobbing though this entire ordeal.
I felt the devil’s presence on that West Texas road. I was crying and screaming for the Lord to get me home safely. I uttered everything a Christian says when they are scared and fearful.
“I will never defy you again.”
“I will never sin again.”
“I will do anything if YOU get me out of this dreadful weather and home again.”
Well, sixteen hours later I made it back to my small comfy apartment — a little shaken — but all in one piece. And all I could hear was God saying,
“Your time is over here in New Mexico!”
I immediately put in my request for a transfer with Company A. And guess what? I was denied a transfer not once, but twice!
After that in my quiet time, the Lord spoke again.
“This is not the company for you, and I want you to start a job search and pray about this for 60 days.”
The Lord came to speak to me through hints, Bible verses, glimpses, and a quiet revelation of His will.
Whenever I have something going on, I usually have a strict 60 day prayer time. During this time, ALL I do is pray on that one topic. Well about 30 days into the 60 days I had 3 job interviews lined up in my hometown! I interviewed with each company. And about 60 days after I started praying, I accepted an offer with Company B!
I packed up all my belongings and moved within a week.
You see, before my Christmas break, I had been crying every day in New Mexico. I was miserable and I needed relief. The desire of my heart was to stop being miserable. I wanted to move closer to my family and leave New Mexico. But, it took a snow storm and an 18-wheeler to get my attention. I started right then to seriously call out to God in a big way.
I truly believe it was the power of prayer that got me to where I am today. And, I am so grateful for all those who had been praying and supportive in my journey.”
Therefore, I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. Mark 11:24
How God Answers Our Prayers
- Recognize God may create a situation where we are “forced” to call upon Him;
- Get right with God;
- Make your requests known to God in prayer;
- Commit to follow His path;
- Meditate on His Word;
- Act upon His leadings and prompts;
- Get counseling if needed;
- Keep listening;
- Make a decision;
- If you still don’t know what to do, start over with this list until the answer comes.
What steps do you take when praying over a particular situation? Please comment!
Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin! Psalm 51:2
Give attention to the sound of my cry, my King and my God, for to you do I pray. Psalm 5:2
Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act. Psalm 37:5
Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. Jeremiah 29:12
The lot is cast into the lap, but its every decision is from the Lord. Proverbs 16:33
And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:7
Mighty God, I thank you for giving me the privilege of calling upon your name. You know my many thoughts, desires, and problems. I bring them to you right now in faith. I trust that you know what is best for me in all situations. Give me you insight and confirmation that I am in your will. I love you and I am depending on you for my life. In Jesus’ Name. Amen
*Truth or Consequences” is a spa city and the county seat of Sierra County,New Mexico, United States. In 2012, the population was 6,411. It is commonly known within New Mexico as T or C. It has frequently been noted on lists of unusual place names. Wikipedia
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