By Chris Thompson
It was 9:30 p.m. and I was stranded over an hour away from my home in Huntersville. My white 1998 Isuzu Rodeo, bragging over 200,000 miles, would not start.
In frustration, I punched my steering wheel and yelled some un-pastor-like words. Flinging my door open, I popped the hood and walked around to see if I could identify a solution. There was no simple solution.
In desperation, I leaned both hands on my car and voiced a simple prayer like this: “God. You know I am tired and want to get home tonight to Jenny, my wife, and my sweet children Cole, Noah, Sara and Jake. Please help me.”
With no other option, I got back in the car and it cranked right up. It was like a modern-day miracle. On my way home, I had visions of starting my own car-healing-ministry.
A few days later, I was standing as pastor, neighbor and friend at the foot of a hospital bed where my neighbor was suddenly facing some critical health issues. His wife and three teenage boys were huddled in the small ICU room. After a few minutes of conversations with the family, I asked if I could lead them in a prayer.
Circled around the hospital bed, with tears, I prayed a simple prayer like this: “God. I know you love this family. I ask that you heal this man and help this family.”
A few days later, he died.
Can you sense the tension?
The main point of prayer is not to make life easier, nor to gain magical powers, but to know God. I need God more than anything I might get from God. I think you can relate to this, too.
King David prayed; “O Lord, hear me as I pray; pay attention to my groaning. Listen to my cry for help, my King and my God, for I pray to no one but you. Each morning I bring my requests to you and wait expectantly.”
Chris Thompson is the lead pastor of Radiant Life Fellowship Church, which meets at Blythe Elementary School in Huntersville.