15 December 2017

Prayer

The Voice From Above

This month we start a new feature dealing with one of the most vexing issues in the life of many Christians, that of ‘unanswered prayer’. However instead of theorising about it, or trying to offer explanations, or give answers, we have chosen simply to recount stories of answered prayer for your encouragement. We will be dealing with what the Bible says about prayer in forthcoming Bible studies but this is a testimony page. None of us knows why God in His sovereignty may choose, seemingly, not to answer our prayers in the way we expected, but what we do know is that our God is a prayer-hearing and a prayer-answering God. What is even more amazing is that He answers the prayers of the weak, the helpless and even the doubting! We trust that these very short stories will inspire you to pray more, with deepened faith and greater trust and expectation. If you would like to share how God has answered your prayers, for the encouragement of others, we would love to hear from you.

“A few years ago I had the privilege to work with a church in Letterkenny, Co. Donegal. On one occasion I was asked to accompany the children’s ministry on a camping trip. I took the opportunity to serve and went. While we were there I was with the kids on the beach and they were building sand castles.

As they were having fun I looked down the beach and saw a middle-aged woman, and in my heart I felt a prompting to share with her that Jesus loved her. I was quite nervous because I was not sure how she would receive it. I went up to her and told her about the love of Jesus. As I shared how Jesus loved her she wept so much that her jacket became damp with tears. I thought to myself that she must be having a nervous break down, or something.

When she recovered her composure she took a stone in the shape of a love heart from her pocket. She told me that the previous week she had lost her husband and she wanted to retreat to a quiet beach away from the hustle and bustle. That morning she planned to walk into the water and not return. As she was about to wade out into the deep she cried out, “God, do you love me?” As she spoke this she looked down and saw this stone. She thought it was a coincidence so she spoke out again, “God, I want to hear it!” God met the cry of this broken woman on a beach in Co. Donegal that day, because that was the moment I walked up to her.

As Christians we must not shy away from being adventurous and spontaneous, even though it is hard. A lot of times that is when faith and dependancy become a reality. Now, as often as the Holy Spirit leads me, I try to reach out and share the love of Jesus with others.”

Adam Field