A few days ago, my sister was sitting in my kitchen when a thought hit me out of nowhere, “If I die, you better come and get all my rice and meat.”
“I got the power,” she sang. We laughed and joked about it for a few seconds and went about our business.
After the conversation, I didn’t think much about my weird thought. The next day I was busy preparing for an out-of-state funeral. I ran around trying to clean the house, finish the laundry, watch the kids, feed the animals, and pack. Needless to say, I was preoccupied.
As my husband walked in, you could see a heaviness covering him like a wet blanket. When he asked me to drive, I knew he was feeling lousy.
See, this is one of the first times I can ever remember my husband asking me to drive. I switched cups, and we started our five-hour journey.
As we drove, we hit traffic, but nothing unusual. Not until an ominous feeling overwhelmed me. I felt as sure as I am writing this, something terrible was going to happen. I had a vision of one of my children dying in a wreck.
I immediately started praying in a hushed tone to not worry anyone or give them the impression I was crazy. I prayed for protection. I bound all the evil spirits working against my family to steal, kill and destroy, and loosed all the angels that were in charge of protecting us. As I finished my prayer, I went right back into my conversation as if nothing strange had happened at all.
For about 15 more minutes, the ride was your typical family trip. There was joking and laughing, loud kids, and conversation.
Then out of the blue, I looked in my rearview mirror. I have no clue what made me look. Maybe the man’s brakes. Maybe a leading of the Holy Spirit, but what I saw is burned into my heart.
A man in a truck was barrelling straight for my tiny car. Being behind a semi, I knew I couldn’t speed up. I grabbed the wheel, tensed up, and jumped into action.
It all happened so quickly. The truck swerved into the other lane, sideswiping another car. The car spun around, facing traffic the wrong way as the truck came straight at me. Like me, people were swerving and dodging, making split-second decisions.
Unfortunately, one of someone else’s split-second decisions put us right in the path of the truck yet again. As I saw him headed towards my car, full of my precious family, I did the only thing I could do; I hollered out, “Jesus,” as I went off the highway skidding and sliding, trying to avoid what was sure to be a collision.
By God’s grace, my car came to rest deep in the ditch. For a moment, I was frozen. All I could say was, “it wasn’t my fault.” It was like I was frozen in time, suspended in a state of shock.
Not only were we protected, but no one was hurt. No one. On a busy interstate during rush hour traffic, not one person was hurt, and our car is no worse for the wear.
So, as I sit here writing, I am so very thankful for many things. First, I am grateful for the leading of the Holy Spirit to pray for my family. I am thankful for my pastor, who has taught us by both example and teachings how to pray with authority. And most importantly, I am thankful for God’s divine protection.
I know, that I know, our lives would have been ripped apart had I not been faithful to pray. So, the next time you feel the Holy Spirit nudging you to pray. Stop what you are doing and pray. Even if you think it is just a crazy thought, stop and pray. Even if you fear people will think you are crazy, pray. You cannot pray too much. And, you never know, that prayer may keep you or someone you love safe in a time of need.
The Bible is very clear on prayer! Read the next two verses and let them sink in.
“I call on you, my God, for you will answer me; turn your ear to me and hear my prayer.”Psalms 17:6
“And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.” 1 John 5:15 NIV
See, God hears our prayers and is faithful, but we have to pray.
Thank you for protecting my family. You are a loving and gracious God, and I cannot express how grateful I am for your protection. Please, Lord, help others hear and listen to the leading of the Holy Spirit. Help them pray with confidence and authority. Amen
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