Don't worry about anything, instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done. If you do this, you will experience God's peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7 NLT
What has God called us to prayer? Many reasons have been given, but one that has been a great blessing to me is how prayer allows me to discover something new and very special about God's personal love and care. Through prayer, God has something new for you every day. God has so many creative ways to keep your heart surprised and delighted as He answers your prayers and blesses your life with His very best.
A few months after our marriage, my wife and I were on our way to Mexico to serve as missionaries. En route, we spent three months in Ensanada, a small seacoast city in Baja California. We were three to study the Spanish language with my brother and his wife. They had just completed language school and were also planning on going to Mexico as missionaries.
One morning, about six weeks into our studies, we woke up to discover that two fuses had blown in our fuse box, leaving us without electricity. We also needed to replace our five-gallon jug of drinking water. At that time fuses were ten cents each, and the jug of water was twenty cents. In all, we needed forty cents. Between the four of us we had no money. We looked to the Lord for our need.
"Let's go to the post office," I suggested. "Perhaps some money has come to us in the mail." All four of us piled into our pickup and headed into town. We opened our mailbox with great expectation, but found it empty. We knew that if God was going to meet our need of forty cents that day, it would not be through the mail.
"I think I'll go take a walk on the beach," my brother said, a few moments after our return from town. He was gone about twenty minutes. When he came back to the house we were renting, he stood in the doorway, holding a piece of paper in his hand. Upon closer examination we realized he was holding a five peso bill.
"Where did you get that?" we exclaimed.
"I was walking on the beach and talking to the Lord in prayer when I noticed something sticking up out of the sand. I walked over and picked it up. It was folded and dirty, and at first I couldn't tell what it was. To my amazement, when I started to unfold it, I realized I was holding a five peso bill—the exact amount we needed." (At that time one peso was worth eight cents.)
How did God do that? None of us had an answer, but the discovery of that five peso bill was an affirmation of how much God loved us and faithfully took care of us, as He met our needs through answered prayer.
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