Have you ever felt the urge to
pray for someone and then just put it on a list and said, "I'll
pray for them later?" Or has anyone ever called you and said,
"I need you to pray for me, I have this need?" Read the
following story that was sent to me and may it change the way that
you think about prayer and also the way you pray.
A missionary on furlough told this story
while visiting his home church in Michigan.
"While serving at a small field
hospital in Africa, every two weeks, I traveled by bicycle through
the jungle to a nearby city for supplies, and then began my two-day
journey back to the field hospital. Upon arrival in the city, I
observed two men fighting, one of them of whom had been seriously
injured. I treated him for his injuries and at the same time talked
to him about the Lord Jesus Christ. I then traveled two days,
camping overnight, and arrived home without incident.
Two weeks later I repeated my journey. Upon
arriving in the city, I was approached by the young man I had
treated. He told me that he had known I carried money and medicines.
He said, "Some friends and I followed you into the jungle,
knowing you would camp overnight. We planned to kill you and take
you money and drugs. But just as we were about to move into your
camp, we saw that you were surrounded by 26 armed guards."
At this I laughed and said that I was
certainly all alone out in that jungle campsite. The young man
pressed the point, however, and said, "No sir, I was not the
only person to see the guards. My five friends also saw them, and we
all counted them. It was because of those guards that we left you
alone." At this point in the sermon, one of the men in the
congregation jumped to his feet and interrupted the missionary and
asked if he could tell him the exact day that this happened.
The missionary told the congregation the
date, and the man who interrupted told him this story: "On the
night of your incident in Africa, it was morning here and I was
preparing to go play golf. I was about to putt when I felt the urge
to pray for you. In fact, the urging of the Lord was so strong, I
called men in this church to meet with me here in the sanctuary to
pray for you. Would all of those men who met with me on that day
stand up?" The men who had met together to pray that day stood
up. The missionary wasn't concerned with who they were - he was too
busy counting how many men he saw. There were 26.
This story is an incredible example of how
the Spirit of the Lord moves in mysterious ways. If you ever hear
such prodding, go along with it. Nothing is ever hurt by prayer
except the gates of hell.
Prayer is a powerful way of getting things
done in the unseen realm, so donít feel as if your prayers are in
vain. Remember you can move mountains with prayer.