We needed $370.00. That’s what I figured up after looking at the bills.
That was how much month we had left at the end of the money.
Why was this important on this day? Because I was leading a “praise revival” at a small church in north Texas. Because we were newly-married. Because we were short on cash. Because this was the last day of the conference, and the love offering check would soon be coming in.
I’ll bet you didn’t know that preachers prayed about such things.
Anyway, on this day, we needed $370. I could have asked the Lord for more; after all, it’s nothing to God to see to it I got $1,000, or $10,000 for that matter.
I could have asked for nothing, and said, “Lord, whatever your will is – that’s fine with me.”
But I sensed the freedom to ask – not big, but not small either. To pray specifically for a need. The need was for $370.00, so that was what I asked the Lord for.
That night, after the last service was over, the pastor handed me an envelope with a check in it. Per proper ministerial etiquette, I slid it into my inside coat pocket (they teach you these kinds of things in seminary). Later, on the way out the door, a guy walked up and handed me a check for $20.00, saying he hadn’t had time to write the check prior to the offering.
As soon as I got in the car and made sure no one was looking (they didn’t teach that in seminary – I just learned it on my own), I opened the envelope. You guessed it – the check from the church was for $350.00. God not only answered a specific prayer, He did so in a way that called attention to the fact that HE was the one providing it.
Over 30 years later, it remains one of my favorite stories of answered prayer.
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