Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Ask And You Shall Receive

"Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you…
Mathew 7:7

Carolyn and I had decided to sell our farm in Bryson, Texas after owning it eight years. So, we placed it with the same realtor that had arranged our purchase.

Two years went by with some lookers, but no contracts. The contract with the realtor expired, the prospects vanished, the drought occurred, the grass died, the tanks almost dried up and the cost of hay skyrocketed to over $100.00 per bale!

I was overloaded with work at my office, the demands on my time, civic wise, were overwhelming  and it became difficult just to be able to make the one hour drive to check on the place!  I was tired, disgusted and needed relief!  So…I turned to God!

Perhaps one is not to “make deals” with his Lord, but I pleaded to Him that I had to sell that farm and I needed to soon.  I was tired, I did not have the time and I did not have to make money on the sale, I just hoped to break even on the deal! “Lord, if you’ll sell that place, I promise to donate $ XX,XXX.XX to my church, even if I show no gain on the sale”!

TWO DAYS LATER, the realtor called and asked if he could show the place, even though the contract had expired. I told him certainly and he showed it that day.  The following day, we had a contract for the asking price, no appraisal required, no inspection required, a large cash down payment, a note receivable with a fair interest rate and the buyers wanted to purchase the farm equipment as well as any household goods we would leave remaining! What a deal!

We closed in just over two weeks with a fine Christian couple that was just looking around Jack County, Texas for a weekend retreat for their family from Midland, Texas.  They had prayed to find a “house on a hill, with a flagpole, a windmill and a barn”!  Guess what? We had a house on a hill, a flagpole, a working windmill and a barn!

The Lord had answered two prayers from two families.  I sure honored my pledge to Him and He sure heard my plea! “Ask and you shall receive”!

Scripture to Claim:
Therefore I say to you, all things for which you pray and ask, believe that you have received them, and they will be granted you.  Mark 11:24

Submitted by Deacon Bob Glenn

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