As believers, we should be praying regularly while waiting for answers to our prayers. But did you ever think that YOU may be the answer to someone else’s prayer?
Here’s how I learned that not only is God’s timing perfect, but He is generous and creative. When my son started middle school, I became the parent coordinator for his S3 club. At a S3 meeting for parent coordinators, I met Tara who also had a son and was the parent coordinator at a different middle school in our district. Fast forward to when our sons were high school freshmen, and they were attending Summer Band Camp. One day they were on a much needed break for food and from the heat, and Tara offered to take both boys to get something to eat. My son called to get permission since he knew I was pretty strict about not riding with strangers. He didn’t know that this mom wasn’t a stranger to me so of course I said it was fine! Tara later told me that she had been praying that her son would find a godly friend in high school, someone who shared his beliefs so they could encourage one another and build each other up. She looked up in her rear view mirror and realized that the answer to her prayer was sitting right there in her car! My son! Yes, I had been praying that prayer as well, and God is so good that He orchestrated for these two boys to meet. They were from different middle schools but both loved Jesus, were involved in S3, played the same instrument, and they met and hit it off during that first week of band camp. They have both since graduated from different colleges, are living in different cities, but are still friends and make the effort to keep in touch and support each other in their various missional activities. And his mom and I? We’re still friends too!
God promises to answer our prayers. He might answer yes, no or wait. In the waiting, God just might be getting everything lined up so that when your prayer is answered, it answers someone else’s as well!