One evening, many years ago on a Wednesday night after prayer meeting, I was leaving to drive all night from Des Moines to central Wisconsin. As I was locking up the church one of my friends said, “Let’s pray for your safety.” And so he did. (Thanks, Dennis)
About four in the morning I was moving through southern Minnesota on a beautiful straight stretch of highway. I had not seen another car for miles. As I looked ahead all I saw a straight highway with the typical overpasses. So I thought, “Why don’t I straddle the dotted line between lanes and take a nap. When I get to that overpass ahead I can recenter on the lines if the car has drifted.” So I reached down to put my seat back for a bit more comfort. When suddenly the fasten seat belt light came on with a persistent blinking. Reaching up I banged on the dashboard and said to the light, “You are keeping me awake.” It was then that my brain woke up enough to listen to me speaking truth. I pulled over and went for a walk. (Thanks, Dennis)
The seat belt light never again malfunctioned. Prayer is a powerful thing. It is connecting to the source of all power, wisdom and presence. Prayer is talking to our Father about what we need, not because He does not know, but because it clarifies it for us. Ever since I read Jesus’ words about our heavenly Father knowing how to give good gifts to His children, I have never since asked God for something more than once. When my sons ask me for something they only need ask once. Begging would be insulting. At least that is how I understand the process.