Let me start by saying that I know this will sound like I think I got it goin’ on. I know. But that is exactly why I have to tell you about it. Sometimes the things that seem the craziest are the very stories we keep to ourselves. And that is the very moment when the enemy wins. When we don’t share our ‘God winks’, we stiffle the glory that God deserves. The glory that makes those moments even possible.
It hasn’t rained here in my sweet-home Alabama town in many weeks. We are in a burn ban drought emergency situation. That is a bit unusual for this neck of the woods. My house has settled so badly that there is a very large crack in our foundation that will need some serious attention. Many homes in our neighborhood are experiencing the same thing.
My husband and I were talking about the situation last night and as we were getting ready to go to sleep I said aloud,
“I wish it would rain.”
That’s when the Spirit reminded me that wishing and praying are two totally different things. One works. The other doesn’t.
I realized I had not prayed about the situation at all. Not even once had I asked God for rain. So I took a moment and silently prayed for some rain.
This is the part where you might think that I am a bit full of myself. At the very least you might label me a Jesus freak, but I am ok with that one!
I was in the bathroom getting ready for church this morning when my husband came in to tell me that it was raining. Rain was not in the forecast for days! Zero percent chance!
Unless of course you prayed for some rain. Because God is in the business of answering prayers.
Now, it didn’t rain for hours and it wasn’t a gully washer. It was just enough for people to notice, puddle up and for me to be awe-inspired by my God while He taught me a lesson about prayer. Which is exactly His point!
Have farmers been praying for rain for weeks? No doubt!
Are their prayers being unanswered? No.
I’m here to tell you that God still answers prayers every single day. Prayers for health and healing. Prayers for mended relationships and healthier finances. Prayers for your children to grow up and thrive. He answers each one, every single one, for our good and for His glory in His time.
I don’t know why He is allowing a drought in my region. I don’t know what He is accomplishing through it. But I do know it’s for the good of all who know Him. And He’s teaching us all something through it if we will just pray and listen.
I also know that as crazy as His immediate response to my simple prayer for rain sounds, if I keep silent on my glimpse of His provision today and how He answered my prayer, and how He hears even me. Sinful, hurting, disobedient little me, the lesson He is trying to teach me about prayer will be lost and His glory won’t shine.
So, thank you, Lord for hearing my prayer and for sending the rains to replenish the earth.
How has God shown you He’s listening lately? I’d love to hear from you. Comment below if you’d like to share.