...men ought always to pray, and not to faint. Luke 18:1
My husband and I have been having problems with a dryer we recently purchased, so we decided that we will purchase a new one. One thing we usually do before we purchase anything is to pray about it. As we set out yesterday to purchased one, we didn't pray before we went in the store. The first store that we went in, as soon as we walked in, I didn't feel comfortable in my spirit. I didn't say anything to my husband about it, and preceded with him to look at the dryers. We found one that we liked, but it wasn't in stock. There was another one that we could have settled for if the price could be negotiated. As my husband talked with the salesman about the dryer, they couldn't come to an agreement on the price, therefore we left. I told my husband when we left that I didn't feel good in my spirit as soon as we entered the store. I went on to tell him that though he didn't say anything, I could tell he didn't feel good about it either. He wasn't rude or anything, but he wasn't as nice as he usually is. This wasn't the first time we had been in this store. We had purchased a dryer from them years ago. But it was different this time. The atmosphere was different. The vibe was different.
As we were leaving, my husband and I discussed what had just taken place in the store. As we were talking, I told him that we didn't pray before we went in like we usually do. We had allow errands we had done earlier, distract us from praying for God's guidance and favor in our decision making process. As we pulled into the parking lot of another store, we prayed before we went in. I stilled didn't feel like this place was where we should purchase our dryer from and I told my husband that. As we were on our way to another store, I heard a whisper in my spirit that told me where to go to purchase the dryer. As I told my husband, he said that he was about to say the same store.
As soon as we walked into the store, I immediately knew we were where we were suppose to be. The salesman that helped us gave us the best service that we could have asked for. He was pleasant, nice, helpful, and had a really good spirit. As they were loading the dryer into the car, I was listening to some gospel music that he commented on. He said that that was some good gospel music we were listening to. We then found out that he is a Christian and had pastored the youth ministry for fifteen years. That's why our spirits connected. It was Christians helping Christians. It was the Holy Spirit flowing through us all. Needless to say, what had started out being frustrating and unsettling, became the meeting on Jesus' children. Never underestimate the power of the Holy Spirit!
Hopefully you will learn from our experience three things: men ought to always pray, God is there willing and waiting to help us if we ask, and third, you never know how Jesus will work on your behalf; just know that He will!
IN JESUS' NAME, AMEN.
Pray without ceasing. 1 Thessalonians 5:17