Prayers shall soon be an­swered

“And if we know that He hears us in what­ever we ask, we know that we have the re­quests that we have asked of Him.” (1 John 5:15).

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A while back, a min­is­ter told a story to his con­gre­ga­tion. When he had first started at the new church, he was given a pre-owned au­to­mo­bile that he drove to var­i­ous towns in or­der to pray for peo­ple. “How­ever, the car wouldn’t start with­out a push,” he de­scribed, smil­ing.

Then, the min­is­ter ex­plained how each morn­ing he would ask some­one to help him push-start the car. And all through the day, while the min­is­ter vis­ited nu­mer­ous homes, he would keep the car run­ning in their drive­ways.

Years later, a new preacher came to the area, as the min­is­ter was to be sent to a new city.

Be­fore he left, the min­is­ter handed the new preacher the keys to the au­to­mo­bile and ex­plained his method for start­ing it. “Daily, you just give the car a push,” the min­is­ter grinned with a con­fi­dent ex­pres­sion, as they walked out­side and stood next to the car.

The new preacher looked con­fused. “Hold on a mo­ment,” he said, “I have an idea.” He lifted up the hood of the car, leaned for­ward un­der­neath, and jig­gled some wires. His first at­tempt failed. A bit con­fused, the min­is­ter didn’t say any­thing. He just stood there. So, the new preacher tried again. And soon he found a loose ca­ble. The new preacher twisted it. To their sur­prise, in less than five min­utes, the car started.

The power was there all along. It just needed to be con­nected!

God loves you. He is con­tin­u­ously with you. And, like­wise, your con­nec­tion to Him is al­ways avail­able. Thus, be per­sis­tent in your prayers. Pray with bold­ness. Dare to ask for your heart’s de­sires. It doesn’t mat­ter what your cir­cum­stances look like, there is no limit as to where God can take you. You have so much to of­fer. For God hasn’t brought you this far on your jour­ney to give up on you now. Soon, you will re­ceive your prayer mir­a­cle. God will re­ward your great faith with won- der­ful bless­ings.

In the Bi­ble, Joseph was un­fairly treated and spent more than 10 years in a dark dun­geon. But it was his un­wa­ver­ing prayers and faith­ful­ness which even­tu­ally landed him on the throne, mak­ing Joseph gov­er­nor of all of Egypt. (Ge­n­e­sis 41). Es­ther prayed for God’s help and mercy, and a na­tion was de­liv­ered. (Es­ther 9:31). Daniel prayed while he was in the lion’s den. The mouths of lions were shut, and Daniel was not harmed. (Daniel 6:22). Joshua prayed and per­sisted. He fol­lowed God’s in­struc­tions cir­cling the walls of Jeri­cho seven times. And even­tu­ally, the walls came crum­bling down. (Joshua 6:15-17). And Hezekiah prayed, and his life was ex­tended. (2 Kings 20).

When was the last time you asked God to do some­thing amaz­ing? When peo­ple pray, God acts.

• Maybe you are con­cerned about a sit­u­a­tion. Pray, for God is say­ing: Do not let your hearts be trou­bled. Trust in Me. (John 14:1)

• It could be that you’re frus­trated and ready to quit. Pray, for God is say­ing: Wait for Me. Be strong, and let your heart take courage. (Psalm 27:14)

• Pos­si­bly, you can’t seem to get over some­thing that hap­pened long ago. Pray, for God is say­ing: For­get the past and look for­ward to what lies ahead. (Philip­pi­ans 3:13)

• You may not know which way to turn. Pray, for God is say­ing: I will in­struct you and teach you in the way you should go. I will coun­sel you and watch over you. (Psalm 32:8)

• Per­haps, the re­port doesn’t look good. Pray, for God is say­ing: I will re­store health to you, and your wounds I will heal. (Jeremiah 30:17)

For with prayer, noth­ing is im­pos­si­ble. So don’t give up now. Your prayer be­ing an­swered is close at hand. All good things are about to hap­pen. God has a great plan and pur­pose for your fu­ture. He is able to turn ad­verse cir­cum­stances around, and you’ll come forth tri­umphantly. God knows how to ar­range the sit­u­a­tions and peo­ple that you need to get your life back on track. There­fore, keep pray­ing. Keep be­liev­ing and ex­pect­ing God to do ex­tra­or­di­nary things. God works in re­sponse to your prayers.

A while back, a dear reader wrote me a let­ter via e-mail, “I was in the midst of test­ing for breast cancer and I was very wor­ried and anxious. The night be­fore my bone scan, while driv­ing home from work, I be­gan pray­ing that God would show me a sign that He would be with me through­out the test. When I got home about 30 min­utes later, I be­gan to read the news­pa­per. Just as I was fin­ish­ing, your col­umn ap­peared be­fore my eyes! I had never read your col­umn be­fore.”

The reader con­tin­ued, “The mes­sage was that I didn’t need to fear, God was al­ready in to­mor­row, tak­ing care of all the de­tails. Those words you wrote were a source of strength for me that day and for many days, weeks and months af­ter as I went through surgery, chemo­ther­apy and ra­di­a­tion. I am now in re­mis­sion for three years, praise God.”

There is a peace that I have come to know as I hear such tes­ti­monies of the lit­tle re­minders of God’s ten­der love and care. God smiled on this woman and sent a news­pa­per col­umn to give her guid­ance and in­spi­ra­tion. You know, there are no co­in­ci­dences between God and His chil­dren.

To­day, re­turn to a place of peace, for God is tap­ping you on the shoul­der and say­ing, “I am here with you. I love you. Yes, I am right here.”

So de­spite what has hap­pened in the past or re­gard­less of how chal­leng­ing your sit­u­a­tion ap­pears to be right now, “Cast all your cares upon Him; for He careth for you.” (1 Peter 5:7).

Con­tinue to pray and al­ways do your best. And… God will do the rest.

Cather­ine Galasso-Vig­orito’s na­tion­ally syn­di­cated weekly col­umn, “A New You,” has run for over 15 years. In ad­di­tion, she is fea­tured on tele­vi­sion and ra­dio where she inspires view­ers and lis­ten­ers by of­fer­ing in­spi­ra­tional com­men­tary, home dec­o­rat­ing and en­ter­tain­ing ideas, plus DIY seg­ments. She is the best­selling author of three books: “A New You,” “God Will Do the Rest,” and “The Open Win­dow.”

A New You CATHER­INE GALASSO-VIG­ORITO

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