I was blessed to grow up in a family that prayed regularly. And I specifically witnessed and was the regular recipient of my Grandmother’s prayers. We affectionately called her Baba, and if there was anything at all that could be counted upon, it was Baba’s prayers. She was the type of woman who kept a log of names of who needed prayer, and her morning and evening ritual would consist of her litany of names and needs before the Father. Even when her health failed and she had prolonged stays in the hospital, it was not uncommon that nurses and even doctors would be added to her prayer log. Because of her example, I have a faith and trust in a God who listens and loves to pour out His favor upon His beloved children.
“Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!” - Matthew 7:9-11
So, coming from this background, you would think that I wouldn’t be surprised when God answers my prayers (a mother’s heart for her children). But let me boast about my Father for a moment and share how incredibly detailed He can be when He answers our prayers.
I have been praying daily for God’s hand and voice to draw our sons to Him in deeper relationship. I pray daily for Him to put people in their paths to remind them of His love, of His purposes for their lives and His grace and endless mercy.
Answer to Prayer #1 – God’s purpose for their lives
Our oldest son was sworn into the LMPD this past December. A little over a month ago, just one and a half weeks into his permanent division assignment, he was injured in the line of duty. Praise God that with a few months of healing and rehab, he should be back 100% to continue to serve and protect.
Answer to Prayer #2 – God putting people in their paths who point them to Him
A couple of months prior to our son’s graduation from the police academy, he started visiting a smaller mission minded church in old Louisville where he felt connected to the Pastor and felt encouraged by this small community of believers. Now fast forward to a week following his accident. A report goes out to Louisville Metro about our son’s ordeal. He receives a phone call as he is healing at home from a fellow officer who just happens to live in his neighborhood, offering his assistance and help if anything is needed. As they are talking, our son discovers that this young officer and his wife just so happen to belong to this very small church in old Louisville. And, his wife leads a small group out of their home.
Answer to Prayer #3 – God’s hand and voice drawing them deeper into relationship with Him
On Easter Sunday, our son attended this church and within minutes had a young man come over, lay his hands on him and pray openly for God’s healing over him. Then at the end of service, the Pastor had all Small Group leaders stand. My son immediately went to the young man standing toward the back and personally met face to face the police officer and his lovely wife who invited him to come to their home for small group. When we gathered at my brother’s home to celebrate Easter together, I sat back and listened to him share with his grandmother, his aunts and uncles, how impacted he was by that morning. He shared how powerful it was to be prayed over and feel God’s presence there.
IT JUST SO HAPPENS...
This my friends is no coincidence. I’ll break it down a little more for you. This church has no more than 75 people in attendance on Sunday (and that was Easter Sunday)! One member happens to be a police officer who lives on the other side of town which is just 2 blocks from our son’s address. He just happened to reach out to him when he heard of a fellow officer injured. He just happens to lead a small group at a church where our son was just recently drawn to, and this officer happens to be close to our son’s age. This can only be God! What are the odds of this? All of these moments lining up so beautifully? I like to call it “God Odds.” This can only be Him! This can only be a Father who intimately knows and loves His children and longs to be in close relationship with them.
So as a parent, if you are praying for your children, I just want to remind you of this truth. God the Father loves your children even more than you do. And as long as they are living and breathing, His work is not done!