An Answer to Prayer

My brother-in-law likes to tell a story about how God answers prayers but how we need to be ready to recognize the answer to prayer. It is a familiar story.

A house covered in flood watersTrapped on his roof with floodwaters rising around him a man cries out to God for help to rescue him. God says, ”I will rescue you.” Soon a boat comes along and offers to help the man. “No,” he says, “God said he will rescue me,” and the boat moves on. The man prays again, and God says a second time he will rescue the man. A helicopter arrives to rescue the man but he again declines the help as he is waiting on God’s miracle to save him. The helicopter moves on. The flood waters continue to rise and soon the man is overcome with water and drowns. When he gets to heaven, he asks God, “Why didn’t you save me?” God said to the man, “I tried. I sent a boat and helicopter to save you. Next time, work with me.”

At Boys and Girls Homes we see the power of answered prayer daily. There are people all over this country and the world asking for God to help heal those suffering abandonment or brokenness caused by life circumstances. We pray to God for peace and his intervention to make the world a better place.

Boys and Girls Homes is one of those places where those prayers are answered. It is where God’s children come to find refuge, to heal, and then to go out and make the world a better place. Here they are cared for, loved, nurtured, and encouraged to grow and find peace in their lives.

This answer to prayer does not happen through an instantaneous transformation or rescue. It happens through the people God has sent to restore hope in young people’s lives. The answer to prayer is the day-to-day, challenging work, performed by the people God sends to Boys and Girls Homes to rescue abused and abandoned children. Answered prayer happens through the facilities, food, clothing, education, counseling, and spiritual guidance that becomes part of the daily routine for children. Answered prayer comes from a consistent life model that removes the drama, conflict, and doubts from their lives. Answered prayer happens through the donations from individuals, civic clubs, corporations, foundations, and state-supported programs that provide financial resources to do God’s work for children in need.

So, the next time you pray for God to provide healing, or peace, or to help the homeless, or to comfort children, know God hears you and he has sent his people. Some of them are at Boys and Girls Homes and they are the agents of God’s plan to answer your prayer.

Mike Garrell is the Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations at Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina.


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