A Prayer Answered with German Punctuality – by Raluca Ril

Believing that God has called us to serve as medical missionaries, my husband and I started praying more than a year ago that He would open the doors for us to start a lifestyle center in our community in southern Germany.

This seemed like an impossible request to us because we have limited funds. But God says the things that are impossible with men are possible with Him (Mark 10:27), so we kept praying in faith.

This spring God miraculously provided the funds for us to get the medical missionary training we needed, however, after praying for more than a year, we still saw no doors opening for us to have property to start a lifestyle center.

Finally, we came to a crossroads this fall. With no provision in sight for us to start work in southern Germany, we decided that maybe we should move east and work with a friend who was already starting a lifestyle center there. Our friend agreed to have us join him but said not to come until late October. We were disappointed with more delays but tried to be patient, believing that God knew best.

Only a few days before our planned move, God completely surprised us.

It was the second to last Sabbath before our move from southern Germany. My husband, Roman, had been invited to speak in two churches. Honestly, he hadn’t really wanted to accept either speaking invitation, but God had impressed his heart to say yes. So he did.

At the end of one Sabbath program, Roman and I spoke for 30 minutes with a friend who happened to be visiting the church that day. This friend abruptly offered us a piece of property to start a lifestyle center here in southern Germany.

We were in shock. The property fulfilled all the requirements that we had studied about in the Spirit of Prophecy: buildings already stood on the property and it had a good water source, a nice country setting, and no direct neighbors — a feature that is difficult to find in Germany.

Our friend had planned to use the property for another purpose but said he felt impressed to dedicate it to our work.

It may seem that God’s answer came at the last minute. But we know He was right on time. Jeremiah 32:27 tells us, “Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh: is there any thing too hard for me?” No, nothing is too hard for God!

Let’s dare to ask for the impossible because God delights to do the impossible for His children. We know because we have just received an impossible gift from Him.

Raluca Ril, together with her husband Roman, have authored the 10 Days of Prayer materials for 2015-16. They are medical missionaries in Southern Germany.

Note: To view this week’s prayer requests for the world church, please click here!

Practical Application: 

It is easy to become discouraged when we pray for something for a long time and God does not seem to answer. At times like this, it is easy to start trying to help God. Abraham sought to help God. So did Rachel and Jacob. But the result was disappointment and heartache.

Is God asking you to do something that seems impossible? Have you been praying for something for a long time? Keep praying and trusting in God’s power. Invite a friend to pray with you. Wait on God. If it is God’s will, then it is His bill. If He has sent you, He will provide for you. God wants what is best for you more than you want it for yourself. Learn to trust Him even when it seems that He is running late.

Dear Heavenly Father, we thank You that You have called us to be co-workers with You. We are grateful that You can provide in the most miraculous ways. Thank You for Your love that does not withhold anything good. Help us, Lord, to wait on You. Help us not to lose our hope and peace when Your answer seems delayed. Keep us from trying to help You. We thank You that You can do “exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think.” In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Promises to claim: Mark 10:27, Jer. 33:3, Eph. 3:20, Isa. 45:2

 

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  • Wojtek Janiuk

    Amen and Amen

  • Ken

    A very practical application indeed! Thank you for the encouraging post.

    • Raluca Ril

      Praise God for His faithfulness to us and His undeserving gifts!

  • Sandrine SOOS

    Thank you so much about this encouraging and pratical application!! God has tought me many times how to wait on Him and rely on Him and i never got disppointed at the end… May His Name be praised!!!

    • Raluca Ril

      Praise God! He is teaching all of us to wait on Him. It is not an easy lesson to learn, but it is worth learning it.

  • Emmy

    Amen. I needed these encouraging words this morning. May God continually bless you.

    • Raluca Ril

      Praise God. He knows what we need and gives us what we need at the right time.

  • Altagracia Villaman

    Great to find out our church is working hard to be united in prayer! May this be improved enough to get from our Almighty Father His promise, His Holy Spirit over us! This is our main need! We can’t get His work done without His Holy Spirit!

    • Winn

      Amen Altagrqcia. So very true.

    • Raluca Ril

      Amen! Yes, we need to unite in prayer and also do the work that God has called us to do!

  • Jeanette

    Thanks for sharing this inspiring testimony. May God bless your work in Southern Germany.

    • Raluca Ril

      Thank you, Jeanette!

  • Sade Solaru

    Very powerful words of encouragement. Hope deferred makes the heart sick… (Prov 13:12) May the Holy Spirit fill our hearts with joy and hope as we patiently wait on Him for the fulfilment of His promises.🙏

    • Raluca Ril

      Praise God for His faithfulness. And that He is teaching us to have joy in our hearts while waiting on Him.

  • Justina

    Good day to all. Thank you for this great testimony. God is awesome and wonderful. He answers on time. Let us pray for faith increase in our lives. Lord may Your will be done in the lives of your people.

    • Raluca Ril

      Amen!

  • Bert Logan

    Thank you for sharing this wonderful testimony of waiting on the Lord, which at times can be challenging to our impatient human natures. But you are right. God has His own timing. Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD. Psalms 27:14

    • SUSAN MAJOLI

      Amen

    • Raluca Ril

      Amen! God’s plans know no hurry or delay! 🙂

    • Tarisai

      amen, we sure need to wait patiently on the Lord

    • Rosalia

      Amen

  • MARDCDE

    Thank you for sharing your testimony, it was just on time for me!
    May God continue to guide you and your husband.

    • Raluca Ril

      Amen! God knows exactly what we need and when we need it.

  • Ros Farrell

    Beautiful testimony Raluca. How deep the Father’s love for us that we cannot measure it. May He continue to enlarge the territory for you and your husband to do the work He has laid on your hearts.

    • Raluca Ril

      Amen!

  • chinyere ndeke

    Amen!

  • Daulton Isaac

    Inspiring

    • Raluca Ril

      Praise God!

  • Peniasi Naikatini

    Amen, thank you for the testimony.

    • Raluca Ril

      Praise God for His faithfulness!

  • maizembej

    Thank you Raluca. Your testimony gives us the zeal to soldier on when God seems to be quiet. May the Lord bless your ministry

    • Raluca Ril

      Amen! Let’s keep encouraging each other!

  • Namirembe

    The LORD is Faithful!

    • Raluca Ril

      Amen!

  • Zandi

    Thank you for sharing. I have always and still believe that God’s timing is perfect. The time between our prayers and the answers or manifestation of the answers is a true test of our faith in Him. I have also been praying for a breakthrough in an area of my life and I had started helping God by devising Plan B while I waited. Thank you for this amazing testimony. I was really starting to think that perhaps I have been too ambitious in my prayer request. God bless you in your missionary work.

    • Raluca Ril

      Amen! Nothing is too ambitious when it is for the advancement of His Kingdom and for His glory!

  • Keresi Oski

    Thank you for sharing this. It has reminded me to continue praying and stop complaining.

    • Raluca Ril

      Amen! You are right, sister! We all need to learn to stop complaining and start trusting in God that He knows what is best.

  • Ruthie

    It’s a blessing to come to this site today and read this posting.Thanks for sharing and encouragement.

    • Raluca Ril

      Amen!

  • SUSAN MAJOLI

    Thank you so much for this testmony.Just at the right time i neded to hear this.Lord God Almighty please teach me to wait upon the Lord.

    • Raluca Ril

      Amen! Praise God! He knows what we need and when we need it!

  • Jaye_Ghee

    God is so amazing and He is always on time. Oh for a faith that will not shrink, though pressed by many a foe; that will not tremble on the brink of poverty or woe. Lord, give me such a faith as this, and then what’re may come , I’ll taste e’en here the hallowed bliss of an eternal home!

    • Raluca Ril

      Amen!

  • Nyamweya Martha

    Ameeeeeeen!God is a wonder! Who can such His ways? He loves so much. This is that moment when you can only say like Nathaniel,”away from me,for I am an unrighteous man”!

    • Raluca Ril

      Yes, we are not worthy of His trust, yet He trusts us!

  • Catecha Francis

    Thanks for your testimony. It is good to hear the testimony of others; because they help to make us stronger in our walk with God. We serve an on time God. He has promised to be there for us, for in Luke 11:9 He said, “And I say unto you, ask and it shall be given unto you, seek and ye shall find, knock, and the doors shall be opened unto you.” As children of God, when we exercise a Faith in Him, He always come through for us.
    Once again thanks for sharing your testimony. May we all learn to take Him at His word. May God continue to bless you in your service forHim.

    • Raluca Ril

      Amen!

  • Jeanne

    Praise the Lord. Amen