Prayers of a Faithful Saint *****(This is a story of really seeing the Spirit of God!!)
Chaplains had visited the
home of Miss Shirley, age 83, and met her daughter and daughter in law, who both
lives down the same street. The daughter shared how she had accepted Christ by
watching Billy Graham on tv as a young girl.
The chaplains had been told,
that day, that Miss Shirley's son was not a christian. The daughter in law
asked for prayer for her husband and Miss Shirley said she had been praying for
her son, Michael, for years.
A couple of days later, Samaritan's Purse
was doing a mudout on Michael's home. Chaplains came to visit and met Michael
on the front porch. Chaplains talked with Michael, listening to all that had
been going on in his neighborhood. Then, the chaplains asked him about heaven
and was he sure of his eternal home. Did he know for sure he would go to heaven
when he died. Michael said no and the chaplains shared with him the gospel of
Jesus. He smile and said his mother, Miss Shirley had told him about Jesus, but
he never listened. Chaplains asked Michael if he would like to pray and receive
Christ as his Lord and Savior. With his wife holding his hand, Michael prayed
the Sinner's Prayer and accepted Christ.
Living next door to Michael,
his sister Gayla, just happened to be home to meet an insurance agent. The
chaplains met Gayla and her husband in the yard. Gayla remembered the chaplains
an said they were so happy they came back to visit. Hugging the Gayla the
chaplain whispered into her ear that her brother had just prayed to receive
Christ. Gayla at first, could not believe it...she then sobbed. She said he has
not spoken to me in 15 years!! Chaplain said, "The Holy Spirit is working here,
let's go". Gayla hesitantly took the chaplains armed and they started to walk
across the yard into Michael's yard. Michael came out of the house and did not
turn back, but continued coming onto the sidewalk, stopping to look at the two
approaching. The chaplain and the sister stopped and the chaplain spoke to him,
"Michael it is time to get out of the boat and walk in faith". Michael took a
step toward his sister and stopped. She took a step toward him and said,
"Michael I am sorry, will you forgive me?" He said, "Yes" as she collapsed into
his arms sobbing.
The chaplains had been told that Miss Shirley had
fallen the day before and broken both her wrists and was in the hospital. Gayla
was so excited about what happened, she wanted to go tell her mother and invited
the chaplains to go to the hospital with her. Arriving at the hospital, the
group was walking in and looked up to see a large rainbow over the hospital.
While standing beside her mother's bed, with her sister
on the other side, Gayla said, "Mother, Michael prayed to receive Christ
today". The sister sobbed uncontrollably and the mother, cried and said, "My
prayers have been answered'. Gayla then said, "That is not the end of the story
Mother, I asked forgiveness from Michael and he forgave me and we hugged each
other"!! Tears were flowing in the room and mother said, "If I could get up out
of this bed, I would dance!"
Then, the chaplains asked the brother in
law, standing in the room about his relationship with Christ and his reply was,
"I am a Christian, but have not walked with the Lord as I should. Have not been
to church in years. " The group gathered around the bed of Miss Shirley,
holding hands and the chaplain led Dave in a prayer and he rededicated his life
to the Lord.
Miss Shirley said her prayers have been heard and during
the prayer, she said she felt as if someone kissed her on the cheek. His
Presence was in that place.
***Note: This above story of
salvation, rededication and family reconcilement was all filmed by BGEA media!!
They were crying too!