Saturday, April 23, 2011

Perfect Timing

Dear Readers,

It was around ten o clock at night. I had finished reading my Bible and was having my prayer time with the Lord. I asked Him for healing for several of my friends, for salvation for others, and for strength for others. I prayed especially for the family of one of my friends.

Finishing up, I slid under the covers and prepared to go to sleep. However, I didn’t feel peaceful about it. A little voice inside me started whispering, “Hey. Keep praying for that friend of yours. They need it right now.”


“Pray for Kevin, Piper,” The voice insisted. “He really needs strength and courage right now… for his family and for himself.”

Something in the voice made me stop, and the urgency hit me like a load of bricks. I climbed out of bed and knelt beside the bed. I began praying for my friend like I had never prayed before. I prayed for strength for Kevin, for his family and for himself. I prayed for him until, exhausted, I slumped onto the floor and fell asleep.

When I awoke the next morning I was still puzzling about the strange occurrence the night before. What was up with Kevin? Throughout the day, as I went about my chores, I continued to pray for him. I had no rest.

I almost fainted when Kevin walked in to the sanctuary on Sunday morning. He looked like death warmed over. His face was sheet white, and there were huge circles under his eyes. Kevin looked as though he would drop of exhaustion any minute. Once again, I prayed for him.

After church was over, I went up to Kevin. He was sitting alone with his head in his hands. I gently wrapped my arms around him and said, “Hey, Kevin.” He looked up at me, and I could see the tears in his eyes. “I just wanted to let you know that the Lord really laid you on my heart this week. I don’t know what’s wrong with you, but I’m praying for you.” I told him about the burden God had given me to pray for him on Friday night. A tear slipped down his cheek. He confessed that, late Friday night, his cousin Thomas had been speeding down a dark road in the rain. His car started spinning and crashed into a telephone pole. Fortunately the person behind him was able to stop and called 911. The paramedics were able to get Thomas out of the wreckage, but even now, they still didn’t know whether he would make it; his injuries were that severe. At about ten o clock on Friday night, the time that I’d been praying for him, Thomas’ mother had called Kevin and told him about the accident, and he and his family had gone up to the hospital to be with Thomas in case he didn’t last through the night. I cried with Kevin as he told his story, and we prayed together.

It was such a God-thing I almost couldn’t believe it. His timing had been perfect. He had given me the urge to pray for Kevin at the exact minute that Kevin needed it. I didn’t have to know what it was about. I just had to obey. And God used it.

In the story of the Exodus, when the Israelites were being chased by Pharaoh’s army, they were headed dead toward the edge of the Red Sea. They thought they were going to die because, with water as far as their eyes could see, there was no obvious way across, but at the perfect moment, God told Moses to raise his staff. Moses must have been thinking, “What in the world is God doing? Our lives are at stake! This is so crazy!” But when he obeyed, God allowed him to part the Red Sea, and the Israelites crossed through to the other side of the Red Sea on dry land.

God always has perfect timing. He is seldom early and never late. He knows exactly what you need and when you need it. It is my prayer that you will continue to trust in God and His timing.


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