Many years ago I experienced the powerful grace of God answering a prayer. Very directly as a matter of fact. To keep things brief, and to the point, I had been praying for the grace to be able to love someone that, at the time, I was having a great deal of difficulty being able to love. It weighed very heavy on my heart at that time.
It must have been during the summer or on a weekend as my son and I went to breakfast the next morning at Bob Evans. They were busy that morning. We were still waiting on our food when an older gentleman came over and started talking to us. I recognized him from the church I was attending at the time. I did not know him well and had only spoken to him a few times at church but he was a well-known figure at the church. As he seemed to be alone and the restaurant was busy, we invited him to join us. The conversation was pleasant and very generic. I remember that he talked about some small city council that he was running for. But I could tell he was holding back something. I was thinking that he was going to ask me to do something in his political campaign and I was already forming my response to why I could not get involved.
But, a few more minutes into our conversation and he pulled out an old worn paperback book and said. "I know this is going to sound strange, but I have this book I think I am supposed to give you. I came here to this restaurant this morning because God told me to come and find the person who needed this book. I didn't know who I was looking for when I got here, but I think now it's you. Does this make sense to you? "
I don't remember the exact name of the book, and unfortunately, I cannot find the book anymore, but the title was something like "How to Love" It was a small and rather dated (1960-70's looking) faith-based book on how to better love one another.
I was in shock. God was answering my prayer at the Bob Evans.
I told the gentleman it make perfect sense and thanked him for the book. He apologized for the age of the book. We ate our food, paid our bill and left the restaurant. My son, to this day, had no idea what was going on. I tried to explain it to him later, but he did not seem at all interested. Even today I sit in utter amazement when I think about God so directly answering my prayer, but I am even in more wonder and amazement when I think about that man and his utter trust and obedience to follow God's instructions.
Do you have a similar story to share?
"And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith." Matthew 21:22
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