Jim Wilson is the retired director of Community Christian Ministries in Moscow, Idaho. He will be posting regularly, so check back in soon!

Friday, April 21, 2017

Worry & Answered Prayer

“So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them” (Matt. 6:31-32). There are two reasons not to worry. First, that is what the pagans do. Do you want to be like the unbelievers? Second, your Father knows that you need all these things. “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well” (Matt. 6:33).

I remember 4 January 1958. We lived just off Piney Branch Road on Aspen Street in Washington, D.C. It was a Saturday morning. We had a little food in the house, but it was not the kind that our three preschool children like: no peanut butter, milk, bread, eggs, or orange juice. We had no money to buy food. Standing in the dining room, Bessie and I read this passage from Matthew to God. We told Him that we were not anxious and that we were seeking first His kingdom and His righteousness.

The morning mail arrived. It included an envelope postmarked Lancaster, PA. The envelope included $3 and a tract on hell by Bishop J.C. Ryle. It had no return address. We thanked God and bought the food.

The following Tuesday evening, we were still out of money and again out of food. We explained the problem to the children and asked Douglas to pray. He was 4 ½ years old. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, Douglas thanked God for milk and bread.

On Wednesday morning, I made pancakes with no milk and no eggs. After breakfast, there was a knock at the door. Bessie went to answer it. It was the milkman. He said that he had four quarts of milk for us. Bessie told him that we had not ordered it and he must have the wrong address. He answered that he had the correct address. Someone else had ordered it for us. We put the milk in the entryway and held a praise meeting around it. We thanked God for the milk and reminded Him that we had also asked for bread.

I went back to my room for study. A few minutes later, Bessie came running up the stairs with a $5 bill in her hand. She had found it under a lamp while dusting the end table. In the next four hours, there were two more answered prayers for us and another answered prayer for a friend.

In the years before 1958, I had been anxious several times. That was the last time I was tempted to be anxious. God is and has been faithful.

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