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A Prayer That Got Answered In An Unexpected Way

\”Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.\”

Mark 11:24 —NIV

Have you ever prayed for many days, months, or even years for help during a situation, troubled season, or circumstance, or praying for family or friends to find God?

Here\’s a story about a prayer that got answered in an unlikely way. It was a prayer from my Mom to God about me.

When I was in Social Work, there were many trainings I was required to attend. Some gave handouts with questionnaires to be filled out. I often encountered one of those questions, you know, the one that asks, \” who\’s your hero?\” Well, I always listed Jesus and my Mom.

Okay, I digress; back to the story. My Mom passed away 24 years ago. While going through her things in one of her drawers, I found zipped pouches. One of those pouches had burst at the seams and had little pieces of folded-up paper spilling out.

So, I took those little folded-up papers, and the other pouches sat down and began unfolding and reading. I felt both taken aback and surprised if I can even combine those two feelings.

My Mom Loved Jesus with all her heart, and she was a good and faithful servant. When I began reading, I realized these were prayer requests she had written. Some of them were for my dad, family, and close friends. She was praying for them in many different situations, circumstances, and health.

As I continued reading them, I found what had to be way over a hundred prayers; Most were written for me.

\”Lord, please help Paula in school,\” \” Jesus, please protect Paula,\” \”Jesus, may you guide Paula\’s friends,\” and \”Lord, may you please guide Paula.\”

Now, mind you, her prayers went clear back to my high school years. Out of all those prayers, The most I read were \”Jesus, I pray Paula comes to you.\” \” I pray Paula finds and comes to know you,\” \”I pray Paula follows you.\” There were more for me, but you get the gist here….

At the time, I was a lukewarm Christian. I believed in Jesus and asked him to be my Lord and Saviour. But I still didn\’t\” follow\” Him. I was wrapped up in worldly things and material gain. I was one of those people who had to have what others had.

I prayed every day. But, boy, oh boy, did I ever make a lot of wrong turns. Oh, I could feel Jesus tugging at me, but I ignored him.

It wasn\’t until many years later that I realized I could not do life on my own because every time I tried, I failed. So I surrendered to God, stopped my nonsense, began reading his word daily, and, you guessed it, I followed him. I asked him to come into my heart and proclaimed Jesus as my Lord and Saviour.

\”I waited patiently for the Lord to help me, and he turned to me and heard my cry.\”

Psalm 40:1 —NLT

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  1. What a double blessing – to have a mom who prays like that – and to find her prayer words for you as an inheritance/heritage! Thank you for the encouragement you give so many other mothers by sharing your story!

  2. Praise the Lord for godly mothers (and all the others) who continually lift up their loved ones before the throne of grace. What an example of faithfulness and persistence in prayer!
    Visiting from Let’s Have Coffee #22

  3. Oh praise God for our mothers, biological and spiritual, who nurtured us with prayer along the way. I recently was told that now I’M the matriarch in the family. What a huge responsibility … and a joy … to hold those next generations up to the Lord. I’m hoping and trusting I can be faithful in this call in this season.

    Only Jesus.

  4. Paula – this is precious! What a gift that you found these sweet prayers from your mom. I have prayed many similar prayers for my adult children (and continue to do so) and I am encouraged to remember that God hears each and every one of those prayers. Thanks for sharing your testimony!

  5. What a beautiful testimony to your Mom, Paula! And an encouragement to me, as I pray for two wayward children, God does hear and answer prayer!!!

  6. Wow! What an amazing feeling you must have gotten when you read all the prayer requests of your mother for you. This is beautiful, Paula. May we continue to be as vigilant praying for our own daughters.

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