This morning I rose and pulled back the curtain to see the new day – to see what was happening outside my window. I wanted to see the brightness of the sun, the beauty of the morning and of the freshness of the new day. It was easy – I just took my hand and pushed back the curtain. Do you know that there are many times when God does the same thing for us so that we will be encouraged in prayer; so that we will see that He is indeed working on our behalf? I watched that happen this past Sunday morning…
Before I left for church, I went to my Quiet Place to seek God’s face, to ask for strength to serve Him, and for Him to be at work in our services. I also had a burden for a young father and his little girl. The father attended our church in the past, but had not been in a long while. He has custody of his six year-old daughter now, and I prayed that the Lord would impress on his mind that he needed to be in church with his daughter and that he would come today.
I got up from my time in prayer and made my way to church. I was greeting people, listening to burdens, and chatting – just going about my normal Sunday routine, when I looked up and saw a man and a little girl seated about a third of the way down front…it was the young father I had prayed for an hour before! I quickly excused myself from the one I was talking to, saying that “I needed to go greet an answer to prayer!” What a blessing to go speak to the dad and meet his daughter and tell him I had just prayed for him earlier in the morning!
I saw God answer prayer! I watched Him pull back the curtain and allow me to see that He was indeed working in this young man’s life!
We see this same thing happening in Acts 4 ~
29 And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy word,30 by stretching forth thine hand to heal; and that signs and wonders may be done by the name of thy holy child Jesus.
31 And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness.
Their prayer request was to speak the word with boldness. In the next verse we how God answered their prayer! They saw God pull back the curtain and give them boldness!
Then today, I was walking on the farm road near us as is my habit. I was praying. I was asking God to bless our upcoming children’s ministry that resumes next Wednesday night. I asked Him to bring in children and workers so that we might teach little ones Doctrine from His Word and how to love Jesus and have a relationship with Him. About fifteen minutes later, a car parked at the end of the road (that never happens!). A young couple got out with workout clothes on and began walking down the farm road towards me. I whispered,
“Lord, help me to see what You want me to say and what these folks might need. Use me.”
As they got near enough to speak, I greeted them with “Hello!” They said hello and said they hoped they didn’t mind if they walked this road, too. I assured them they were welcome! I asked if they were new to the area and then a conversation ensued. Long story short – they just moved into a house nearby. They have two young children and are looking for a church with a Wednesday night ministry where they can all be involved! I had the joy of telling them about our church’s ministry and invited them to join us. They said before leaving, “Wow! This was just what we needed!”
It was no coincidence, and I’m weeping as I write this, that God would once again pull back the curtain and allow me to see “His hand at the window.”
Oh, that each day we would pray, asking God to do the God-sized things that only He can do and watch for how He will answer! Then when He does, we must shout it out for everyone else to hear! Whether we see His hand or not, He is at work, but oh the joy when we get to see what He is doing!
Have you seen God’s hand at work, pulling back the curtain so you can see, too? I’d love too hear about it! Don’t keep it to yourself! Share with all who will listen!
Refresh your life by watching for His hand today!