ANSWER TO PRAYER
Read Acts 8: 26-38
An angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Go south
to the road — the desert road — that goes down
from Jerusalem to Gaza.” So he started out, and
on his way he met an Ethiopian eunuch.
I could smell the paint drying on my latest work as I knelt
to pray, “Thank you, God, for inspiring me to do this piece.
Now whom do you want me to give it to?” God brought my
sister to mind, but I said, “Lord, she’s an atheist.” My sister
would roll her eyes anytime someone spoke about religion.
However, I obeyed God’s nudging, even enclosing a note
explaining that God had told me to send the painting to her.
Weeks later I received her response: “I was praying to God for
a sign. Then I got this piece from you not even an hour later.
When I read that God told you it was for me, I cried. I have
opened my heart to God.”
My sister may think I was the answer to her prayer, but
really she was the answer to mine. God helped our prayers to
intersect at a critical juncture that changed both our lives for
Being in prison on death row, I often question how and
why God would possibly use me. I struggle with feelings of
worthlessness despite being
a sincere, repentant believer
and despite the Bible’s
saying God has a plan for
each of us. My sister’s letter
affirmed to me that God can
work through every member of the body of Christ, including
me and my sister.
Prayer: Dear God, give us the faith to obey your Spirit, even
when we don’t know or understand what you’re trying to
George T. Wilkerson (North Carolina)
Prayer Focus: FAMILIES OF PRISONERS
— Acts 8: 26-27 (NIV)
Thought for the Day
Today I will pay attention to
where God is leading me.