Today is my last day in the 40 Day Prayer Challenge. It actually took me 42 days. I like starting my day with a devotional, but when I had company for a couple days, that didn’t happen. I have enjoyed my Draw The Circle book, and have since then ordered another couple books that will be here Monday.
When I started the book, for some reason I decided to also incorporate a 40 day fast. I have NEVER done a fast, so this was totally something new. For 40 days I had no dessert and bought no clothing. You would think that was an easy task, and for some it might have been. But those of you who know me, you know how hard this was on me. Not walking in the wilderness hard, but still not easy. I even held true to buying no clothing when I was at the woman’s club convention, even though the Prime Outlets (YES, the same one’s that were in Orlando) were in Williamsburg. I told you it was hard.
When I first started the Draw The Circle book, and writing down my prayers, I was amazed at how fast some of my prayers were being answered. The first week I had MANY prayers answered that I thought would never happen. I was feeling so smug, even special, because the Lord was listening to me. I thanked Him daily, but I still was a little cocky.
Guess what, He yanked those answers right back. Talk about humbling, I was humbled not before any person, but before the Lord. I knew that some of His answers are, “not right now,” but I hadn’t even thought about the answer being, “I changed my mind.”
Part of my daily prayers are that this little blog might reach and touch someone in need. I have never been very open about my religious views, I preferred to keep them private. Sundays were going to be the one day I took off, my day of rest. But then I decided I needed inspiration, and maybe I could also be an inspiration. I sincerely hope these Sunday blog posts are as special to you as they are to me.
I was reading in the book about a man who was traveling with his family. They decided to stop at a rest area to stretch their legs. His family ran on ahead, while he walked around. While he was walking he heard a telephone start ringing. He looked around, and there was a pay phone. He answered the phone, thinking that there might be an emergency. When he said hello, an operator came on and said there was a long distance telephone call for him. She actually said his name. He was stunned, but finally blurted out that it was him. A woman came on the phone and told him she had been contemplating suicide. She had listened to this man speak before, and asked God to let her talk to him. She had no idea how to get in touch with the man, but numbers kept coming into her mind. She wrote them down, and called an operator to make a long distance phone call. She was just as amazed as the man on the other end of the line, when the opeator said he was on the phone. Both of them were truly on a “Long Distance” telephone call. The Lord knows where we are at any given moment, even at a rest stop in the middle of nowhere.
Please feel free to share some of your answered prayers. A first hand testimony is inspiring on so many levels.
Have a blessed Sunday!