Friday, February 1, 2013

Jesus Heals Vans

I write this as an encouragement to those out there who wonder if Jesus really answers prayer. I am happy to say that from the following experience and others, He most certainly does!

My wife and I own a Dodge Caravan, almost a decade old, and it has been having some trouble. We could hear the trouble start with the brakes quite a while back. As the pads wore down we began to hear squealing as we applies the brakes. That steadily grew and grew. We could tell that both the front and rear on the driver's side and at least the front on the passenger side were going bad. Unable to afford to fix them, we let them go. Recently, we found that if we put the brakes on hard, we would hear a grinding noise. We knew that we needed to take care of the brakes soon.

But the major problem came when my wife was driving and began hearing a tremendous thumping sound when she applied the brakes. That was enough, and we took the van to the shop. We did not have money to have them look at it, so it sat there for over a week. During this time we prayed at home and at church and thanked Jesus for his abundant provision. Sometimes it's hard to thank Jesus for that which we cannot yet see, but I find those prayers are the kind that build faith. I want to always pray in faith rather than just begging God to fix things for me.

So then the time came when we had a little money which we could use for them to look at the van. We knew we would not have enough to fix it, but we were praying and trusting for provision.

I got a call that afternoon from the mechanic and was surprised at the question he asked me, "Why, exactly, did you bring your van in here?" I was confused and explained about all the obvious brake problems. He told me that they looked everything over and found a small piece of metal stuck in one brake which was causing minor squealing sometimes, but that was it! He then told me the van was absolutely perfect and safe and we could come by and get it any time!

So what's the point of this story? JESUS HEALS VANS! There is no problem too large for his power, or too small for his love. Jesus said in Matthew 7.7-9, "Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened."

God does not get annoyed when we ask Him for what we need, He is pleased to have the opportunity to show us love! So let us follow Jesus wholeheartedly in bringing our requests to our loving God and then praising Him when we see them answered.

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