24. Be Ready to Ask

One morning as Stan and I were ending our time together, he said, “I noticed a new bakery on the way over here.  They have some really good looking pastries.  Want to meet there tomorrow?”

“Sounds good to me.  Where is it?”

Stan gave me the address and we agreed to meet there at 7:30.

As I walked into the new place the next morning, I saw Stan sitting at a table near the back of the bakery.

“Just got here,” he greeted me.  “Smells like something good is going on here!”

Just then a waitress came to our table.  “Can I get you some coffee while you decide what you would like?”

“Sure thing,” Stan replied.

By the time the waitress brought our coffee, we both had decided what we wanted.

We gave her our orders, and then Stan added, “In a little while when you bring us our food, we will pray and thank God for His blessing.  Is there anything you would like us to pray about?”

Looking a bit surprised, the waitress said “Let me think about that.”

After she left, I said to Stan,“That was an amazing thing you just did.  Do you do that often?”

“Only as the Spirit leads.”

“Do you think she will have anything for us to pray about?”

“We’ll see”, was his response.

When the waitress returned with our food, Stan looked at her expectantly, but didn’t ask about any prayer request.

“I’ve been thinking about what you asked,” she said.  “How did you know to ask?”

“My younger brother is in terrible shape.  He has a bad addiction to some pain pills.  He really needs help.  Would you pray for him?”

“Sure will”, was Stan’s response.  “Not that God doesn’t know, but what’s his name?”

She told us, left the table, and we prayed.

When we were finished praying, Stan said, “That is why we were led here today.  It is going to be real interesting to see how God answers that woman’s prayer for her brother.”

“Do you think we will know?”, I asked.

“That is up to the Lord,” was Stan’s response.

“The obvious point is to be ready at all times to pray for whoever He brings with whatever needs.”

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First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers. Petitions, and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men.  1 Timothy 2:1

Prayer:  Lord, please help me be sensitive to the needs of others and to lift them to you in prayer so that you will provide all they need in ways that will open them to the truth of your love, grace, mercy, and every provision.  Amen.

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