“And all God’s people said, amen!” declared the pastor, as church service ended and the lights in the sanctuary transitioned back to their usual glow. As I gathered my Bible, colorful highlighters, pen and purse and prepared to leave, a gentleman calmly approached me. He handed me an envelope that appeared to be nearly ripping at its seams. “God is leading me to sow into your life,” he announced. I accepted the gratuity and tucked the envelope inside my purse. I smiled and extended my hand. “God bless you,” I said, as he mimicked my gesture, moments before disappearing into the crowd.
I arrived home, placed the car in park, reached into my purse, and pulled out the bulging envelope. It did not require much effort to open. As I tore the seal, fifteen twenty dollar bills quickly befriended my lap; it’s almost as if they exhaled, saying, Thank you! Now I can breathe! My mouth dropped open in disbelief! “God,” I questioned, “I can’t accept this! What is this?” Through a warm smile, the Lord assured, “I never forgot your prayer.”
Months earlier, I booked a trip to Atlanta, Georgia! I purchased my plane ticket, hotel room, and Pinky Promise voucher for the annual Pinky Promise Conference, hosted by Heather Lindsey. Lisa Bevere is scheduled to speak this year, and because I admire her greatly, I did not want to miss this opportunity. She abundantly litters my bookshelf and my Favorites collection on my YouTube channel.
Having no one to travel with, I proclaimed, “Jesus, this is going to be our date to Atlanta!” Though roommates are offered for anyone traveling alone, I declined, desiring to meditate in my own space each night with my precious King. This naturally demanded more from my bank account, but I knew that God would supernaturally provide; besides, the man usually pays for the date, right?
It wasn’t long before people began pledging how ridiculous I was for planning this trip alone. My wallet would be over flowing if I could have received a penny for every time I’ve heard, you would save so much money if you’d just allow a roommate! Or, why are you traveling alone? That makes no sense! Find a roommate! That would greatly lower your cost! A hotel room is expensive! My trusted reply became simple and incessant, “I know God will provide!”
I began praying excessively for God’s provision! I declared, decreed, and proclaimed God’s countless promises! “God,” I shouted, “your Word assures that you supply all of our needs (Phil. 4:19)!” I continued, “Your Word says that whatever we ask for in your name, we shall receive (Jn. 14:13)!” I persisted, “God, your Word guarantees that you give us the desires of our hearts (Ps. 37:4)! I know that faith pleases you, and this check will be the evidence of what I can’t yet see (Heb. 11:1; 6)!” Aside from shouting God’s indisputable promises, I additionally began thanking Him for the extra funds in advance (Isa. 55:11).
Princess, I admit that I haven’t prayed over my trip to Atlanta in a while, but God has never forgotten my innumerable shouts (2 Kings 20:5). Eventually, a peace overwhelmed my spirit that assured God’s provision, and I knew that everything would be okay. Whatever you are praying for, Princess, I encourage you to keep the faith. Remember the story of Daniel in the Bible? The minute his prayers left his lips they were heard in heaven, but an unseen battle prevented a speedy response (Dan. 10:12-14). Do not give up, Princess. Let Daniel be your example. Pray, believe, and receive, Special one. No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him (1 Cor. 2:9).