Pastor believe prayer

What do you do when the Pastor praying for you does not really believe that the prayer will be answered?

I am not sure if you know, but it actually happens and one pastor told us a story a few days ago.

But first, let me tell you about how I got the Visa to Canada at the very first attempt a few weeks ago. Actually, there is not much to tell. I applied, visited the processing office to give my bio-metrics data and went back a few days later to pick up the visa. It was just normal procedure.

That was exactly what the ‘devil’ wanted me to believe. But I refuse to believe it, because I know what it means to get visa rejection letters for 7 years (back to back x 7) applying to multiple countries. That is why I am so grateful to God because it is a miracle to me every time this happens. At one point, I did not believe that I can apply for a visa and get it without stress. I prayed, but I just did not believe.

Side Note: Some of you may be rolling your eyes at me, like, when will he ever stop talking about visas! Lol. Don’t be upset oooo. This my own story and I have seen God in many ways through this. I can also tell you my work story, or how I married my wife story, but I need permission :). So, endure this one for as long as you are in my life. 😊

Back to praying and not believing.

To realize that I am not the only person who prays without really believing sometimes is a relief. Rev. Steve Mensah was ministering at the Qedesh Church and shared the story about one of his church members. He described what this ‘short, single, fragile looking forty something’ year old woman looked like in Twi (Ghanaian Language) so I couldn’t make out most of what he was saying, but from his description and the reaction of the people in Church, this woman is older, and does not have many attractive physical features. However, every time he prays for people looking for their beloved, this woman comes out, gives an offering, prays and whenever he sees her, he also doubts whether anyone in the Church would find her attractive.

Side Note: In Nigeria, I am used to people (Pastors) saying ‘if you are looking for a husband or wife’, but in Ghana, they don’t really say it like that, instead they use the word ‘beloved’. It sounds more cool actually.

So, this ‘short, single, fragile looking forty something’ year old woman would pray, come out to the front to claim her miracle, but all this while, the pastor admired her courage, prayed for her, but didn’t really believe that she would get her ‘beloved’. Then one day, this lady approached the pastor. When the pastor saw her, he wanted to know what to pray for (again), and as the woman opened her mouth, she simply said:

Pastor,  Praaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiise the Lord. (x 3)

Rev Steve was pushing for her to get to the point, when she said I’ve found my beloved!

Rev Steve: You?

‘Short, single, fragile looking forty something’ year old woman: Yes

Rev Steve: Somebody found you?

‘Short, single, fragile looking forty something’ year old woman: Yes!

Rev Steve: Is he here?

Short, single, fragile looking forty something’ year old woman: Yes!

Rev Steve: You brought him to this church?

‘Short, single, fragile looking forty something’ year old woman: Yes!

Rev Steve: Where is he?

She shyly beckoned to the man who found her and it was beyond extraordinary! He is a tall, good looking, white South African and World Bank official!

Rev. Steve Mensah really wanted to find out how they even met. The ‘Short, single, fragile looking forty something’ year old woman went evangelising to people in the pineapple farms and on one of such trips, this World Bank official came to one of the farms to introduce new technology on how to improve pineapple farming.

Where is your wife? Rev Steve asked the man. She died of cancer a few years ago, and I told myself I would not get married again, but when I saw her (‘Short, single, fragile looking forty something’ year old woman)…………

3 months later, they got married and Rev. Steve officiated their wedding!

So, what do you do when the Pastor praying for you does not really believe that the prayer will be answered?

Well, the pastor is not God.

God is able to do just what he said he would do. He’s gonna fulfil every promise to you. Don’t give up on God ‘cos he won’t give up on you! He’s able!

Ibukun, you also said that you didn’t believe your own prayers at one point, so how do I overcome this?

Hmmm…. That’s why I wanted to share this story with you. You are a believer, and while we all struggle at some point, testimonies like this and many others you come across will help you.

That man prayed to Jesus ‘I believe, but help my unbelief’ (Mark 9:24) so while you are struggling to believe, still continue to P.U.S.H (Pray Until Something Happens).

Has God ever answered a prayer you prayed but didn’t really believe? Please share in the comments to encourage others.

ibukun

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