I worked for a ministry for almost 10 years. One of the jobs I held was answering the phone when people called in requesting prayer. First let me say that whenever I tell someone about this job, the first thought that they have is that they see it as a nice, sweet, cute little job where you spend the entire day sitting on the phone praying blessings over the birth of a new baby or a wedding. I wish that were the case. The bottom line is that you’re exposed to the good, the bad, the ugly, the natural, and the supernatural.

One day when I picked up the phone there was a gentleman on the other end who was livid! He was screaming at the top of his voice. I immediately asked the Lord to give me the wisdom to know how to handle this call. So after I said hello, and introduced myself, the man let loose!

He yelled, “If my son asked me for $10 to buy food for his family, not $10 to buy liquor, or drugs, or spend it on women; he was going to do something good with it! He was going to buy food for his family! If he asked me for $10, and I have it to give, why wouldn’t I give it to him? Why would I make him beg, and beg, and beg every single day! Answer me that! I want to know because that’s what I’m doing. I am begging, and begging, and begging for the Lord to help me and he won’t!“ He then used some profanity and hung up the phone.

 As I was driving home after work I said to the Lord, “Why is it so hard for this guy to get his prayers answered?” And Lord I said, “Why do so many people have so many unanswered prayers; including me?”

 He said, “I have forgiven you and forgiven your sins, but when you sin that sin is put in place in the flesh, in the world, and those sins have worldly actions and impacts attached to them that take time.“

This was a good reminder for me to not only stop sinning, but to confess and repent for my sins immediately. I don’t know if this guy would have listened to me if I would have had an opportunity to tell him this. So, at this point all I can do is to pray for him silently.

 Are your prayers being answered?

 “It’s your sins that have cut you off from God. Because of your sins, he has turned away and will not listen anymore.” Isaiah 59:2



Repent and Obey!

A friend called me a few weeks ago and told me she had been talking with the Lord, or shall I say complaining. She was frustrated because she had been praying the same prayer over and over again for her daughter, and not seeing any results. Her daughter was dressing for school in a way that she did not like. Her dress caused others to view her as odd, crazy, and strange. In a nutshell, it was bad, but there was nothing my friend could do about it. She could not wrestle the clothes off her daughters back. She tried grounding her, she took away her phone and stopped her allowance, but nothing worked. The teachers at school told my friend it was bad, and strange, but they felt she was looking for attention, and it would pass. Well, it didn’t pass, and my friend was frustrated.

My friend is a woman of faith, but this was hard. One day as she complained to the Lord, the Lord asked her specifically what she wanted to see in her daughter. She told him she wanted her to dress like a normal teenager. He then told her to pray specifically for that change. My friend was reluctant and argued and fought the Lord. That is until she went to church one Sunday.

My friend went to church and to the surprise of the church congregation, and the pastor, the pastor’s son showed up in church for the first time in almost 15 years. He was a drug addict and had been living on the street. When he walked in, my friend said everyone in the building went crazy! She said they got out of their seats, went over to him, hugged him, and prayed for him. The church had been praying for this young man for years. Year after year, they prayed the same prayer. When my friend saw this, she knew that she couldn’t stop praying for her daughter. She repented for her sins of doubt and disobedience and went back to the Lord and began to pray as he told her.

Two weeks later her daughter came to her and told her that she wanted to change the way she was dressing. She wanted to have a family meeting to talk about it. Her daughter was concerned about what people were going to say when she showed up for school. My friend tried to choose her words carefully because her daughter was known for doing the opposite of what her mother said. However, that concern quickly left when her 14-year-old son came to the rescue. He told his sister not to worry about what they would say, because it would stop in a few days. He also told her that they were already talking about her, only this time it would be positive. As a family, they talked through her concerns. Two weeks after the family meeting she took off her old clothes and went to school wearing some jeans and a top.

Praise God my friend repented and obeyed the Lord!

12 This calls for patient endurance on the part of the people of God who keep his commands and remain faithful to Jesus. Revelation 14:12