Share Answered Prayer

How I Pray

I find myself praying all the time for different people, especially when they ask for prayer. When I commit to pray for someone I start praying right there at that very second. That way I don’t forget about it but also it puts the prayer in my head and my heart. The next time something reminds me of that person I find I remember to pray for them again because I already did.

Often I find myself praying,

God help this situation… or is that already taken care of?

Many people ask for prayer, but few seem to get back with you and tell you how God has answered that prayer. I love when people keep me informed with news like,

God said, ‘yes’ here’s what happen…

God said, ‘no’ here’s how I’m dealing…

God is saying, ‘wait’ right now keep praying…

Some Answers

This past week I received several answers from friends that were extremely encouraging. Some were simple “the situation went well” emails but it was so nice to be in the loop instead of still wondering.

I have been praying for one friend who has a very serious medical condition for several weeks. I received multiple email updates as the situation changed and even when it didn’t change. Then yesterday I got an email sharing that amazing recovery had occurred. The doctors described it as “atypical.” One doctor said,

Keep having your congregation and your friends pray, because those prayers are working. [my friend’s] response is unbelievable, and even though I prescribed some medicine, there’s something bigger at work here, and I know that.

In this case the answer was “miraculous healing” which is cool. Although that’s not always the case. I believe all the answers to prayer, even “no” and “wait” are in fact miracles even if they don’t seem that way to us. I love to hear back from people either way.

For those who have been praying over my job search

  • Praise God my voice is improving every day. Pray for healing, my throat is sore from doing some vocal exercises wrong. I think I have it figured out now.
  • Praise God there’s been some exciting developments in my search. Although I’m still in talks and haven’t received a definite “this is the the right place” just yet. I’m still sending out resumes.
  • Thank God for all the awesome people who have been helping me out by pointing churches to my website.

How about you?

Do you like hearing answers to prayer?

2 Responses to “Share Answered Prayer”

  1. 1 Megan October 5, 2007 at 12:58 pm

    Hey Billy:

    I appreciate it when people who have asked me to pray for them tell me about how their situations are unfolding. Sometimes it is really affirming, sometimes it is sad, but it’s always real life. Prayer is such a mystery – I don’t think I’ll ever understand how it “works.” I just know that prayer helps me stay conscious that the heart of God is beating and caring – and that is one of the best things I do for myself and others on any given day.

    I’m glad to hear that things are going well for you in the job search. I’ll keep praying for you & your fam.

  2. 2 Daniel Tomlinson October 5, 2007 at 2:05 pm


    I love it when my request is answered with a yes, but I realize that sometimes God works more powerfully when he says no or wait. Reminds of Paul and his thorn in the flesh. Paul asked God to take it away, and God most certainly could have, but his message to Paul was that His power is made perfect in weakness. I understand that intellectually, but sometimes when the rubber meets the road I want an exit sign.

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