Being the Answer to Someone Else’s Prayer – by Dwain Esmond

There is something truly wonderful about being the answer to someone’s prayer. I recently had such an experience, and it was deeply faith affirming. Here’s what happened.

One of the members at my church had been going through a difficult challenge in her life — one of those situations that makes you question whether God is real. I had heard from others that she was struggling, but not knowing her too well, I wasn’t sure what to do except pray for her.

I remembered E.M. Bounds’ much-quoted adage: “You can do more than pray after you have prayed; but you can never do more than pray until you have prayed.” So I was by no means discounting the power of prayer when that is all that can be done. It literally sets the table for everything else that God wants to do in a given situation. So I prayed.

To my great surprise, the member for whom I was concerned approached me at church one Sabbath morning. We exchanged pleasantries and wished each other “Happy Sabbath!” She then paused, looked at me quizzically, smiled, and walked away.

I thought nothing of it at the time, but a few weeks later we bumped into each other again at church. This time she asked if we could talk sometime. I agreed, and we later met at church to study the Bible in an attempt to find God’s will for her life. That’s when she told me the “rest of the story,” as the late Paul Harvey would say.

She had been asking God to show her who to speak with about her situation. She felt impressed to share with me, but she was hesitant.

“If Dwain is the person to speak to,” she prayed, “let me see him at church this Sabbath.”

I was the first person to greet her at church that day, and that’s why she gave me the quizzical look.

Sometimes God allows us to be the answer to someone’s prayer. May we always be ready to serve others in their hour of need.

Dwain Esmond is associate director of the Ellen G. White Estate.

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