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Are You the Answer to Someone’s Prayer? by Karen Witemeyer

One evening when my daughter was about 7 or 8 years old, it was her turn to say the prayer at the dinner table. We all held hands and I found myself smiling as she thanked God for the food, for our family, for the day we’d had. The prayer followed her typical pattern until she reached the end. Suddenly she veered off course.

“And dear Lord, please let someone get me a drink, because I don’t have one. In Jesus’ name, amen.”

Startled, I opened my eyes and scanned the table. Sure enough, everyone had a drink at their place except Bethany. Smiling, I quickly pushed to my feet, eager to answer that simple prayer with practical action.

It is rare for us to actually be aware of being the answer to someone’s prayer. More often than not, God works to place us in the right place at the right time to accomplish his will without us even being aware of the need we are meeting. Other times, we find ourselves at a crossroads. Do we continue on the path we are comfortable pursuing, or do we heed that quiet urging on our spirit that suggests we take a different route?

I have to confess that I struggle with this kind of change. I’m a planner. When we go on vacation, I know exactly where we will stop each night, what hotel we will stay in, how long we will spend at each landmark or attraction. So when I believe I am journeying in the direction God desires for me, it really throws me off my game to have something unexpected thrown in my path.

I like my comfort zone. I like serving God in the way that I’m accustomed, the way that is easiest.

Yet how many times have I failed to become the answer to someone’s prayer because I chose to remain on the easy path instead of reaching out to embrace the unexpected?

As you go through this week, let me encourage you to be open to new directions, to interruptions, and opportunities that take you out of your comfort zone. Listen to that still, small voice and follow where it leads. In doing so, you just might become an answer to someone’s prayer.

My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.

~John 10:27~

 

karen witemeyer 21CBA bestselling author Karen Witemeyer writes historical romance because she believes that the world needs more happily-ever-afters. She is an avid cross-stitcher, shower singer, and bakes a mean apple cobbler. Karen makes her home in Abilene, Texas, with her husband and three children. Her newest novel, Full Steam Ahead, released June 1st. You can connect with Karen on her website and Facebook.


8 Comments

  1. Ugh. A thought has been tugging at me this morning about a mom’s group at our church that could help support new/young mothers as well us, ahem, more experienced moms. It sounds like more work to me, but maybe someone needs it. Thanks for the post. I think. ;-)

    • I have been in your shoes so many times, Carolyn. We can’t say yes to everything, but when we do follow that nudge, God always provides the strength we need to get through it.

  2. Wow. I have never thought about being the answer to prayer for another person. I am sure that I have been in that situation, but have never really paid attention to the nuances. I have felt that “that was You, God” moments for my life. However, an interesting thought that I might be that for someone else.

    Thank you for the insight. I will have to meditate on its meaning. To be an answer to prayer is a great responsibility. Although, God will equip us to make His Will happen, even when we initially say no.

    • Love your wisdom, Dora. I often think of Moses and how many times he tried to say no to God when he was called to lead the Israelites out of Egypt. But God persevered and in the end, Moses became a godly leader and a “friend of God.” I can think of no better outcome than to be a true friend of God. Hmm…maybe that means I should stop making excuses. :-)

  3. Great post Karen. I would like to think I was an answer to someone’s prayer. You know, even the smallest good deeds could be one. I’m thinking back to last year and this elderly lady in Wal-Mart parking lot. She was carrying a small oxygen tank and trying to load her groceries in her car. I stopped and asked her if I could help her load her groceries. She quickly said no and thanked me. As I was walking away she said, perhaps you could help me get my car windows rolled up. The car was fairly new and she had rolled down a couple of the windows but couldn’t remember how to roll them back up. I tried a few things but to know avail so I got her car manual out of her glove compartment and soon had her windows rolled back up. Such a simple thing made her day!

    Blessings!

    Judy B

  4. I think God uses lots of people in my life as answers to my prayers. Some I know, some I may not know till I see them in heaven. This is a great reminder to pay attention and be alert to others who may need just a simple act of kindness from me. Thank you , Karen.

    • Wonderful, Keiki. We may never see the seed we sow grow into faithful lives, but I like to think that when lives are touched for Jesus, he can multiply our efforts a hundredfold.

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