Answered Prayer is a Revelation of God’s Love! – By Mark Finley

Recently I have had two experiences that were direct answers to prayer. There is no other logical way to explain them. Some might call them mere coincidences or happenstance. But for me they revealed the direct hand of God in my life.

The first experience took place in Dublin, Ireland.

Historically Ireland has been a very difficult place for the growth of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. In the last fifty years approximately forty-five Irish people have been baptized. However, in the last 15 years the Adventist church has shown remarkable growth due to the influx of ethnic groups of various nationalities.

Recently my wife and I have spent considerable time in a variety of multifaceted evangelistic outreach programs in Dublin. We are extremely thankful for the success God has given us in these endeavors.

One Sabbath, as I was walking to church, I specifically prayed that God would providentially bring me in contact with honest hearted Irish people who were interested in Jesus’ last day message. Little did I know that within an hour my prayer would be answered.

While I was sitting in Sabbath School preparing to teach the visitors class that day, two Irish women walked into church. I invited them to class and later discovered that they were searching for the true church. They knew a little about the Adventist church and wanted to know more. God miraculously led them in answer to prayer that Sabbath to the very church where I was teaching Sabbath School and preaching. Eventually they attended our evangelistic meetings, continued attending church, received Bible Studies from the pastor and now have been baptized. For me this was a direct answer to prayer.

The second experience is quite different.

My wife and I along with a small congregation in Warrenton, Virginia are building a new worship facility, school of evangelism and community health outreach center in Haymarket, Virginia. The total cost of the facility is over four million dollars. This past August it appeared that our fund raising had come to a halt. Very little was happening and I was troubled. Each month our contractor’s bills were coming due. While we were attending the ASI Convention in Spokane, I prayed that God would give me some indication that He would see this project through. I personally needed some assurance of His continued blessing. As a result I decided to spend some time alone praying as I walked along the river. As I prayed, I specifically asked God to lead me to someone who could help financially.

Within an hour I providentially met a man I had never met before who has now helped our project significantly. Mere coincidence? I certainly do not think so. I am convinced that in both of these instances God was at work.

Does God always answer my prayers so dramatically? No, but He does it enough to give me the assurance of His presence and the certainty of His love.

Answered prayer is much more than God responding to our specific needs. It is His revelation of love for us. It is His letting us know in concrete specific ways that He has not forgotten us in the joys and sorrows of life and that’s enough for me.

By Mark Finley, World Evangelist

Note: Mark Finley wrote this week’s prayer requests. To view, please click here!

Practical Application: 

If you are seeking to work for God, to see more souls brought into the Kingdom, or to further the spread of the gospel, don’t waste time trying to work in your own strength. Remember God has promised to do what we cannot do. Cling to His mighty arm! Plead for His Holy Spirit power.

Ellen White writes, “When we give ourselves wholly to God and in our work follow His directions, He makes Himself responsible for its accomplishment. He would not have us to conjecture as to the success of our honest endeavors. Not once should we even think of failure. We are to cooperate with the One who knows no failure” (Christ Object Lessons, p 363).

Don’t know how you are going to pay the bills to push God’s work forward?

In another place, she writes: “Let none waste time in deploring the scantiness of their visible resources. The outward appearance may be unpromising, but energy and trust in God will develop resources” (Prophets and Kings, p. 243).

Dear Heavenly Father, as we are seeking to be effective laborers for You, help us not to grow self-confident in our own resources or strength. Help us to remember that this is Your work, and it can only be accomplished in Your strength and power. Like Mark Finley shared in his testimony, may our eyes ever be upon You in humble confidence, for You have promised to provide. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Promises to claim: Phil. 4:13, 19, Isa. 45:2, 1 John 5:14,15

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  • Rosalia

    Amen. We serve God who answers prayers. We praise His Holy name

  • Cynthia Duncan Mercer

    Great is His faithfulness !!!! Trust less in self !!! More in God!!!

  • Phelicia

    Amen! This is what I needed to hear this month. When God calls He sustains!

  • Wojtek Janiuk

    Amen

  • williechii

    Thank you, Elder Mark Finley, for strengthen my faith in the Lord.

  • Victoria

    Amen.
    Thank you Pastor Mark Finley for this great reminder that, “answered prayer, is much more than God responding to our specific needs. (requests) It is His revelation of His love for us. It is His letting us know in concrete specific ways that He has not forgotten us in the joys and sorrows of life” this is so true as we surrender our life to The Lifegiver, to also work in His vineyard.
    I praise God for Pastor Mark and your wife. Your presentation especially on the Holy Spirit ( and evangelism) continue to be a blessing to me. I pray the Lord God continue to order the steps of all His people, in Jesus name. Amen

    • Desiree

      Amen.

    • Audrey Stewart

      Just this past week I too have experienced God leading in my life. Last Wednesday, I had a lot of things that I needed to do and so I prayed, “Lord please direct my every step today. I was blessed and encouraged as throughout the day, God led me from one task to another. I truly felt that he cared and that He answers prayer. I am so excited and encouraged. May God help each of us to experience His great love for us.

      • Victoria

        Father God, thank You for comforting us as You know best, when we pray. Glory be to Your holy Name.

  • kwame boateng

    Indeed we serve a prayer answer God. Praise be to His name

  • Sonia Brown

    Thank you Pastor Finley for that quote from Patriachs and Prophets, it has strengthened me Faith in God’s abality to provide.

  • Desiree

    Thank you for sharing Pastor Mark,it sure was an inspiration to me to keep holding on to my SAVIOUR in prayer.

  • Jill Simpson palffy

    Amen..this pulls at my heart as my husband and I did literature evangelism work just a few short months ago..but as our son was born and came down with meningitis at 2 weeks old,brain damage, partial seizures…and now infantile spasms..(he’s 7 months old)..everything has come to a complete stop. For awhile I was forgetting how important the work is..now that I am not out there, I miss it so much and I fear growing stagnant.
    We are in such a terrible financial strain, not even being able to pay for our oldest sons academy bill..depending on family to help recently..We had hoped to have a home by now.
    I ask for prayer please for Gods help in healing our son, Josiah..we’ve been admitted in the hospital 2 times in just a few weeks..he’s stopped smiling and regressing more..it’s heartbreaking..and for financial peace to pay the bills..a home for all of us..
    We need a miracle only God can provide..and I know prayer is the answer.
    Thank you for this story today to remind me of that.

    • nimy

      I pray for you,dear sisters and brothers to keep strenght the way,to have everything you need and the peace of Heaven in your hearts…after storm it comes the Sun,no dubt…our family life it was hard sometimes,but we tried hard to stay near His promises in spite of the reality… there are only few steps till the end of this dark life!

    • Bethune Davis

      Jill, your story has touched my heart. I don’t have a sick child, but I can just imagine your pain. I know financial hardship but I also know a God who is able. He comes through for us sometimes in the ‘fourth watch’s of the night. I want to encourage you today to keep faith alive. Keep on trusting and believing that God WILL come through for you and your family, even if in our estimation He is four days late. Our God is always on time. Josiah May be seven months, but do not be discouraged, God has a plan for His life and for you also. We will be praying for Josiah and the family . God bless you as you remain faithful to Him.

    • Patricia Renderos

      Dear Jill, I am so sorry about your baby boy Josiah, I know it must be hard for you as Parents to see the little one suffer. I as an adult know how being so sick can be, I have a cronic illness that has become worse with more physical problems during the last year and a half, and there have been times where the pain and the hopeless answers from Doctors made me almost loose faith, but as I said in my comment above, the Holly Spirit was there and is there to help us keep trusting and praying for an answer which always come in one way or another. Keep hoping and praying my sister God will answer and provide. Dear Lord I lift up my sister Jill baby son Josiah who is sick and also this parents who are in financial problems, please help them to trust and wait in you, because you are a loving Father who never leave us nor forsake us in any situation. I pray for healing of this beautiful Josiah whom you created and gave him as a gift to this couple, please provide according to your mercy and loving will. Thank you for listening and answered uor prayers in Jesus Amen.

      • tsholofelo

        Amen. I join you in this prayer and lift you up as well to the great Healer to heal you as you pray for Josiah. God bless you.

    • Namirembe

      Sorry to learn of this my sister! I may not have silver or gold to offer, but you can count on my prayers tonight!

      In the name of Jesus, it will be well with you and your family!!!

    • Tarisai

      i have prayed &will keep praying for you & your son Joisah. our God is ever so faithful

    • tsholofelo

      I am praying for you people. May God grant your request. Your story is so touching but God still reigns and has weighed that test before He allowed it to pass through your lives. And He is literally in it with you. Ready to lift you up every time you stumble. Keep trusting in Him and never let go.

    • Awiru George

      May God heal Josiah in Jesus name.

    • Letty Kaltonga

      Dear Jill, our prayers and thoughts are with you and the family especially little Josiah. In such time as this God is talking to you to trust Him completely fully and entirely depending on Him. Your FAITH will heal your baby, be POSITIVE, count it as a BLESSING. God has a purpose in our heartaches. The SAVIOUR always knows what’s best for us. Dear LORD, I know little Josiah is suffering in pain and hurting this very moment, I pray LORD, please kindly touch and embrace him and his family, comfort them, heal him/them. Let them feel the joy of Your divine presence and make them whole again. In Jesus Precious name I pray. Amen. Sis be strong in the LORD.

      • Caleb

        Amen

    • Caleb

      God knows your troubles, continue to have faith and your prayers will be answered. Praying for you son and family….

    • Dettie

      I lift you all up to our loving Saviour!

    • Natasha

      My dear Sis. Jill, my heart is greatly moved, I am sorry you have to go through so much at the same time. I wish I could do something immediately to assist. But I know someone who can. God still loves you and is fighting for you. Do not despair, trust your Redeemer, your Provider to work on your behalf. I am praying fervently for your family especially precious Josiah, it my only childs’ name as well.
      Be strong and of good courage my sister, miracles still happen today.

  • Patricia Renderos

    Amen Pastor, Mark. I don’t believe they were coincidence niether, I believe they were God’s answer to your prayers. I have seen that happenned to my prayers specially in times of pain and sickness where I am Ashe to say I doubted He was listening, but one of the things I believe kept me pleading and waiting and trusting for an answer was the Holly Spirit’s guidance and presence. I know God wants us to finish His work on earth and He will always provide and make the way, we just have to keep praying and trusting in Him. He is an awesome God and Father. God bless you Pastor Mark Finley.

  • Anddi

    So road are crowds then a very atrange in night time above elevation of hindreda feet ibthink? Sky turn bright with a bright light then many see above while cold are winding saturday night. We keep driving some stop to see night . We passed trough livestocks watermelon water eastern restaurants house of neighboors till a comfort house

  • Viveen McLeary

    Thank you Pastor Finley for sharing your experiences. They have helped to strengthen my faith in a great, big God Who owns this vast universe in which we live. He is awesome and has promised to see us through our difficult times.

  • Namirembe

    Amen!!!!!

    ’Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus,
    Just to take Him at His Word;
    Just to rest upon His promise,
    And to know, “Thus saith the Lord!”

    Jesus, Jesus, how I trust Him!
    How I’ve proved Him o’er and o’er;
    Jesus, Jesus, precious Jesus!
    Oh, for grace to trust Him more…

  • Cindy Tutsch

    This testimony from Pastor Finley is just what God sent to my heart today! May Jesus strengthen all of us, and give us courage for whatever challenge we face. He is able!

  • mayaka

    Thank you pastor for sharing. I have tremendous respect for pastor Mark Finlay. I know God must be with him for I cannot imagine where else he gets the energy to do all he does. May God continue to bless you pastor. You are a great blessing to the church and our president.

  • Letty Kaltonga

    Pastor Finley, you have touched and blessed my heart this morning. After cyclone Pam in Vanuatu, our little worship shelter has been damaged. We Praise God for answering our prayers for the 1 day church through our Vanuatu Mission we have our volunteers brothers from Australia came to build our church. It is not easy but today we have a sanctuary to worship our LORD, God Almighty. That is the blessing out of the disaster we have faced in Vanuatu, 50 churches will be build through this program. We are working on the inside part chairs etc. Your story has moved me this morning to ask the LORD in a different way to provide the chairs and fill His church with people from the village. We are few members the Harvest is plentiful but the labourers are few. Please pastor and everyone we need your prayers. Will be praying for you all too.

  • Wachiye Emmanuel

    Amen. Those are powerful Testimonies. I am also praying with you and God is always willing to help us when we call upon Him. Psalm 46:1.

  • Marsha Thomas

    Author unknown: There is a peace that cometh after sorrow, Of hope surrendered, not of hope fulfilled, A peace that looketh not on the morrow, but calmly on the tempest that is still, A peace that does not live in joyous excesses, nor in the life of love secure, but in unfailing strength the heart posses from conflicts known when learning to endure, A peace there is in sacrifice secluded, a life subdued from will and free, Is not the peace that over Eden brooded, but that which triumphed in Gethsemane–THY WILL BE DONE.

  • Caleb

    Wow, very inspiring, God bless you and your family for the hard work. I pray that God will use me in any way for His work. I’ve had some few answered prayers myself, we are serving a living God and His mercies endureth forever

    • nica

      Praise the Lord! For Pastor Finley’s testimony. It gives me an assurance that nothing is impossible with our Almighty God. Our Fil- Am congregation here in Chandler AZ is currently building a church and like Pastor Finley we’re praying that the Lord would lead us to the person that could help us in our financial need to complete the chuch building because the city gave us a deadline until March of next year. Please include us in your prayers.

  • Gleidson Carneiro

    Parabens Pr. Mark. Finley pelas experiencias. Orei pelos pedidos apresentados e desejo que Deus continue abencoando seu Ministerio. Gleidson de Jundiai Sao Paulo Brasil