A PRAYER YOU’LL WANT TO KEEP IN YOUR TOOL POUCH: “LORD, GIVE THEM A GOOD OFFER THEY CAN’T REFUSE”
When Jane worked at the university library there was a young man who insisted on annoying everybody. David was one of those guys who argued about everything. No matter what project needed to be done, his way was a better way to do it and he let everyone know it. And he constantly argued the rules with the boss, Pat.
We didn’t want to pray anything against him but we just wanted him to not be around if he was going to continue to be so obnoxious. Jane was talking to Pat one morning and casually made the comment, “I need to start praying for him to get an offer he can’t refuse.”
Pat looked at Jane with doubt, but Jane and I prayed every morning, “Lord, give David a great offer he can’t refuse.” It was amazing. Jane got another job at the university but two months later she ran into Pat, who told her that David had handed in his resignation. He had been offered a teaching job at a university in the South Pacific, something he’d always dreamed of. So David got his heart’s desire and those who still worked in the library were happy to be free from his pestering.
This prayer benefits both parties and we’ve prayed it successfully many times since the library incident. Only God knows the true desires of a man or woman’s heart. Only the Lord would know for each person what would be an offer they can’t refuse. “For thou [God], even thou only, knowest the hearts of all the children of men” 1 Kgs. 8:39).
And God always answers our prayers. He says, “Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you” (Jer. 29:12). Psalm 66:19 tells us, “Verily God hath heard me; he hath attended to the voice of my prayer.” And Psalm 6:9 says, “The Lord hath heard my supplication; the Lord will receive my prayer.”
The Lord is concerned about every detail of our everyday lives. Luke 12:7 says, “even the very hairs of your head are all numbered.”
WINGS: A JOURNEY IN FAITH