“Do you think you have ever been used to answer another person’s prayer?” Stan asked me one morning.
“I don’t know,” I said. “I have never thought about that.”
“How about you?” I asked Stan. “Has God used you in that way?”
“All the time,” he responded. “That is part of the process of being His.”
Continuing, Stan said, “I take seriously my role as being a blessing to others. I believe I am to bless others in God’s name and for His sake so that others have their vision of God expanded and enhanced.”
“What kind of blessing are you talking about? Money?” I asked.
“Blessings can be financial and they can be more valuable than financial. For example, blessing another person with the truth of God is priceless.”
“Such truth can change a person forever. It can change his or her eternal destination, as well as how he or she lives on this side of eternity. Such people can then become a blessing to others in their own right.”
“And on and on it goes,” said Stan. “That is how the church is built. That is how God uses people to answer prayers.”
“You never know what words will make a difference. Just the other day I shared with a friend who was struggling with something he had read in the Bible. He told me later that he had been praying about his question. The words I was able to share from insight I had been given by God were a big breakthrough for him.”
“It was a blessing from God through me.”
“Stan,” I asked, “How can I be used by God in those ways?”
“Have an open heart that receives and embraces all that God has for you. Then, keep an alert spiritual ear to hear what you may provide to others as an answer to their prayers.”
Pray without ceasing. 1 Thessalonians 5:17
Prayer: Lord, I know you want to use your people to help others in whatever way they need. I ask you to move in me to have a totally open spirit so I hear the needs of others, along with receiving and embracing the provision you have to pass to them through me. Amen.