Last week I had an encounter with the Lord and He was preparing me for a big faith test. He showed me that He would do a financial miracle at the last minute to pay for our room. He said that He would send the “rain” of provision we needed for that morning, but that we would just barely make it. Then the Lord said to me, “I will meet you there but you are going to have to come out of your comfort zone”.
I was resistant to His plan at first because the thought of going through a last-minute financial crisis to cover the room again was pure agony for me. It took several days of God whispering promises to me and comforting me before I was ready to walk through this faith test.
The Lord prepped me by taking me through the story of Elijah praying for rain. The famine had been excessively bad in Samaria, so God told Elijah that He was going to send rain. Before Elijah even started to pray, he decreed what God had told him. Then Elijah said to Ahab, “Go get something to eat and drink, for I hear a mighty rainstorm coming!”(1 Kings 18:41).
After Elijah made his decree, he climbed up the mountain, bowed to the ground with his face between his knees and persistently prayed. After the 7th time of checking with expectancy for his prayer request to happen, he saw the small sign of a tiny cloud. By faith, Elijah knew that the fountains of heaven were about to pour out and he instructed Ahab to get into his chariot and go back fast.
Similar to famine, the conditions for me were completely impossible and there was no foreseeable way that we could survive this. However, Jesus kept leading me to decree what He had promised me, about sending us money to cover our room. The decree of faith was like the staff used to draw the water out of a rock, an utterly impossible place. The words of faith are like the fire that consumes the water soaked sacrifice. So for an entire day, I walked up and down the road, decreeing by faith what God had promised.
The next morning, the pressure really came on. At that time that the Lord moved me into a placement of prayer. As I was praying, I remembered my encounter with the Lord from earlier and how God said to me, “you just have to keep going’. For nearly 5 hours that morning, when money was due for our room, I was on my knees in the bathroom praying with persistent expectations. There was a scripture that the Holy Spirit kept showing me in Matthew 7:7, called “The Effective Prayer”.
Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for.
Keep on seeking, and you will find.
Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you.
I won’t lie to you, I was not always a faith hero with complete expectancy. I went through times of expectant faith prayers and there were times when I was weeping in anguish about what we would do if money didn’t come. I honestly felt like there were bricks being piled on my chest, as time started to run out.
The check out time was 11 am and I thought that surely God would show up before then. Just a little before 11 am, there were a couple of “raindrops” that came in to help, but it wasn’t enough to cover my debt. At 11 am, I went down the hotel front desk with big fat tears in my eyes. I had come to the end of anything that I could do.
I was in pain and deeply disappointed in God because He had made me a promise that we would not be homeless and that He would send money to my bank account. I asked the gentleman if he would give us an hour to evacuate the room and explained to him that I didn’t have enough money. The walk back to my room was crushing because I knew that I was going to have to say something to the kids. My heart was so broken at that moment. I truly felt like God failed me.
So we started to pack the room and I just couldn’t stop crying. What was really disappointing is I had no choice but to toss out the food that we had, leaving us with nothing. It was exactly 11 minutes until we had to be on the street when I got notice of a donation that came in to pay our room. The relief of that moment was simply indescribable. God did just what He said that He would do and it was exactly as He foretold it. We barely made it today, but even so…God was still faithful to His promise.
My words cannot even describe how thankful I am for your help. It shows me that there is still hope. Thank you again for your help and for your prayers. I could feel your prayers this morning, helping me to keep peace and strength through the traumatic experience. I love you!
All my love,
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and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.