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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  • Khethy

    Amen may God use me to be answer to peoples prayer through my relationship with Him.

  • Elaine James

    Help me Lord, to truly, with all sincerity, be an answer to someone’s prayer today, this week, and always. May I truly have the mind of Christ, and be like Him in all I do, think, and say. Amen

  • Wonderful. It’s an exhilarating feeling when something you do ministers to another, sometimes without you even being aware of it. God is still using his people to answer the prayers of others. Praise the Lord.

  • Rhonda Alleyne

    God looks through time and completes the answers, to our questions and challenges. Let
    us glorified our heavenly Father.

  • PNB

    When we pray, that’s not the end of it. We partner with God in completing His work. It is an awesome privilege and sacred responsibility that is ours when we intercede on behalf of others. Let us pray that we will be ready to be at the center of God’s will as willing instruments of His love, grace and providence. – Peter Nigel

  • Marcia Mckenzie

    Thank for the encouragement this testimony. This year I dedicated myself and time to pray for people. Prayers indeed open heaven’s store house.

  • Letty Kaltonga

    Amen that is very simple and very powerful how God answers prayers and lead you to some someone extraordinary in His mission to touch and bless your heart. This is very uplifting, God knows our heart and soul even at this moment, He knows what we, each and individuals are going through. He will surely lead you to someone to be a blessing to you today. Be Strong in the LORD…With God everything is possible. Blessed day and God bless…

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  • Natasha

    What an inspiring testimony! Thank you! May God help us to yield that we may be vessels He can use.

  • Sally

    Amen! We should learn to trust God more!

  • Thembie Mapingire

    Amen, what a testimony. May we learn to listen to the Holy Spirit as we continue to pray for each other.