God’s Surprising Solutions to Prayer

From my home office, I could hear the racket.

Loud, clunking arrhythmic noises were coming from something big and mechanical.
At first, I thought the washing machine was out of balance
and trying to walk out of the basement again.
I quickly discovered the central air conditioning unit was the source of the noise.

Oh no!

It was 90 degrees outside and summer was just getting started.
I shut it off and called the repair man to look at it.
 

His assessment?

“Call a salesman. You need a new unit,” he told me.
“There’s no way to fix this one?” I ask hopefully.
“This unit is 20 years old. It’s served you well. Let it die in peace.”
“I see. Well, can you estimate what it would cost to replace?”
Without a moment of hesitation, he said, 
“I’d guess close to $3000.00.”

I nearly fainted and not from the heat!

Maybe you have $3000.00 waiting to be spent on a new air conditioner,
but I did not.
Summer is the slow season for speaking and
without much of an income,
every penny in savings had been accounted for till September. 

I’d just have to limp along without air conditioning.

 

The next day was another blinger!
Hot and humid.

Racket or not, 
I NEEDED a reprieve from the heat.
I tried to coax it on for just a few minutes of glorious cool, but it no use.
It mocked and clicked but
it wouldn’t whir, not a whit.

Well, you know I’m a praying woman, so I went outside,
laid my hands on that contraption and
prayed it back to life.

I said, “Lord, nothing is impossible for you.  I believe you can easily restore this machine.  But, if the machine is not to be resurrected, then I pray for a money miracle. Provide an unexpected windfall of income or benevolence to pay for a new air conditioner.  In Jesus Name, I pray and thank you in advance. Amen.”

Then I went back in the house and waited.

That night my prayer was answered,
but not in the way you’d expect
or even the way that I prayed.

The temperature outside fell into the 40s!
I opened the windows and let the cool air displace the heat.
The next morning it was so cold in the house,
I had to dig out a sweater to put on.

I laughed with delight at God’s creative solution.

I’d come up with solutions to fix my problem and presented them to God.
I even gave him alternatives, in case He needed options.
He came up with an answer I never conceived of.

I don’t know how long these unseasonably cool days and nights will last,
but they have been a sign from God that: 

He sees me.
He hears me.
He is concerned for me.
And …
He is working on my behalf.

I am all about big, bold specific prayers,
and I know I have to let God decide how and when to answer them.

  I’ll always keep pressing in for more,
but I wait for Him to respond. 

I’m still figuring out a way to get a new air conditioner, 
and as I wait,
God is teaching me a new lesson about trusting Him.

The end of my resources is only the beginning of God’s.

He creates and
solves and
delivers in ways
we couldn’t even dream of.

His storehouses are stocked beyond our imagination.

My job is to pray and trust.
God will determine how and when to deliver.

I’d love to hear your story of God’s unexpected answer to your prayers.
Leave a comment below so we can all learn to trust Him more.

Scripture Refresher: A man’s heart plans his way, But the Lord directs his steps. Proverbs 16:9(NKJV)

Prayer: God, I get so worried about things, help me to remember you have all the solutions to all my issues and problems.  Big dilemmas for me are nothing for you.  Remind me that nothing is impossible for you.  Amen.

23 Comments

  1. Roxanne Mills on June 17, 2016 at 12:22 pm

    I am praying that God will show me do I stay in Ludington or move back to Owosso. I pray my will does not get in the way of his. I know in my heart he wants me to be happy and at peace. God please show me that I will know clearly your will not mine. In Jesus name. Amen Thank you,Roxie

    • Robyn Dykstra on June 17, 2016 at 6:04 pm

      I agree with you that God would show exactly what to do and where to go.

  2. Lori Mendenhall on June 17, 2016 at 3:28 pm

    Yes, prayer prayer prayer! My son starting dating a girl his junior year of highschool 3yrs ago. I have a heart of compassion for the “lost” teens. I was one of them myself. But this Girl!!! was pure Evil, no other words to describe. I have been praying for 3years for God to work. She has many walls up, due to lack of parental guidance her entire life. She raised herself & thought my son should be able to Do whatever he wanted to do. NO Rules was her motto. He turned against me to be with her. She & I have had a LOVE / HATE relationship. My son preparing to go off to college & WOW she is pregnant!! NO!!!! After all those many years of prayer……I heard those words I longed to hear from Her…..You Know I Love You Lori!. I cried my eyeballs out that day. I now have a beautiful grandson, who was born on Easter Day 2016! She is a wonderful mommy. She & I communicate & she is learning she can trust & love me. The Power of Prayer is Amazing… Everything is in God’s Timing.
    Be Blessed ~
    Lori

    • Robyn Dykstra on June 17, 2016 at 6:02 pm

      Wow, what a great story of the power of prayer! Thanks for sharing with us.

  3. Susan on June 17, 2016 at 7:48 pm

    Robin, you’re deepening in Him and I can read it all over the pick-me-up, shake-me-off, get-me-back-on-feet-again with a glorious Halleleujah messages I receive from you. Thank you, Robin. Thank you, LORD, for bringing Robin to this place.

    • Robyn Dykstra on June 17, 2016 at 8:13 pm

      I agree!

    • Margarita Cantu on August 2, 2021 at 9:06 pm

      Please Father God Please help this man fixed my Ce.ntral Unit it’s too hot for my Grandbabies. You know I have been struggling since My Husband went to be with you. Please Lord don’t let him charge me too much…Amen??

      • Rosa on June 9, 2022 at 10:44 am

        I pray this all worked out well for you. I pray the same for myself today in Jesus Christ’s name Amen!

  4. Dinah Tobias on January 21, 2022 at 9:11 am

    Jesus please help me finish my novels and teach me to write novels. Jesus bring me billions in profit, fame, fortune. Jesus protect me, teach me, help me, save me. Jesus help me finish novels this month, and be a success.

    • Robyn Dykstra on January 21, 2022 at 2:55 pm

      Dinah, I do agree in prayer for you to write well and finish your projects.I pray for your books to be wildly successful and bring glory to God.

  5. Dinah Tobias on February 2, 2022 at 1:35 pm

    Jesus please make a way for me to see my friend I met in college. Jesus please help us be kind to each other and love each other and protect our relationship. Jesus please strengthen my finances so I can move near him, marry him. Jesus please make a way so we can meet, talk more, and spark communication, and go on dates more, and spend more time with each other. IN JESUS NAME.

  6. Kelsie on February 4, 2022 at 5:34 pm

    I am in urgent need of prayer for a miracle Please, please pray for me I am begging god to bring justin back and i know he sees my heart and sees that i have nothing but pure intentions but i still feel like hes not listening to my prayers. Justin is the first person ive ever loved and i messed things up with him really badly because i was selfish and immature. Weve been broken up for a while now and ive done a lot of learning and growing in that time and all i want is for god to soften justins hardened heart and give me one more chance to love him the way he deserves. I want to spend the rest of my life by justins side learning and growing with him and having a relationship that is built on godly love. I know god can do supernatural miracles that we could never understand and i am begging him for mercy in this time although i know i do not deserve it. Im praying that god puts me on Justins heart and that Justin will contact me soon. There’s nothing else that i can do because Justin blocked me on every single platform so i have no way to contact him. It would take an absolute miracle for god to bring him back because this situation is impossible. If he contacted me i would know it was only because of the grace of god. There would be no other explanation. Please help me. I am begging god to bless me with the miracle of bringing Justin back and i know i would never ever let him down again. And i know god says when more people pray he hears it. Please, please pray for me if you can. I would give absolutely anything without question to have Justin back as soon as possible. I need a miracle and i need gods help. I am desperate ive never wanted anything so bad and if god gave me another chance with justin i would do everything in my power to make sure our relationship honored him. Please help me i have never wanted anything more than i want this and i know god is capable of fixing the impossible please please help me I would do absolutely anything to have Justin back anything

    • Robyn Dykstra on February 6, 2022 at 12:37 am

      Hey Kelsie,
      I hear the hurt in your heart and I’m so sorry. I do pray in agreement with you for a miracle.

  7. Chanell Brown on March 1, 2022 at 9:12 am

    This is urgent!! Please pray for minister Rick, Apostle Vandross, his wife and ministers that they are protected from the devil, evil spirits, witchcraft and deception! Please pray that they have discerning of spirits! Please, please pray fervently in the Spirit! This is urgent!! They are doing MAJOR deliverance ministry!!!

    • Luis Quintana on March 26, 2022 at 3:02 am

      Im struggling with porn addiction and self gratification. I don’t want to be preverse spirit and soul no more.

      • Robyn Dykstra on March 28, 2022 at 2:18 am

        I’m praying for your courage to be an overcomer, Luis.

  8. Kelsie on March 10, 2022 at 10:04 pm

    I really, really miss my ex boyfriend. We broke up about three months ago and it was a really messy breakup, now he has me blocked on everything and we have no form of contact at all. It was my fault that we broke up because i was at a really low point in my life so i wasnt a good girlfriend to him. Ive done a lot of growing in these three months and ive been trying so hard to get over him but i just cant. I still love him and id do absolutely anything to have him back. He was so good to and for me and i took him for granted when i had him. Im scared its too late and ill never get another chance with him. Only a miracle could fix this, so ive been praying nonstop for about a month now for God to bring Justin back to me. Would you mind praying to God for favor and to restore my relationship with Justin? I know God is capable of opening all the doors needed and im begging him to soften Justins heart and lead it back to me so i can have a second chance to be a much better girlfriend because I just absolutely adore him. Adore. I know it sounds kind of pathetic but im desperate for God to open the doors needed to bring him back to me. i know what hes capable and i know he sees my heart and sees that i have nothing but pure intentions , how just how insanely deeply within my soul i love Justin and want him back asap. In jesus name.

  9. Kelsie on March 26, 2022 at 12:05 pm

    I messed things up really bad with my ex. He was so, so great to me and he loved me despite all i put him through and i ruined it at the end because i was in such a bad place mentally. We broke up a little over 3 months ago and ive grown a lot in that time. I really, really miss him. So much. Id give anything to have a second chance to be better to him because he deserves it after everything i put him through. He has me blocked, which I understand, and ive been praying for god to open the doors needed so that we could come back together. I have so, so much love for him, and if he came back to me i could honestly see myself spending the rest of my life with him. Ive tried moving on, but i look for him in everyone else i try to date and i dont want anyone else. I feel like our relationship ended way too early because of where i was mentally, and i just wish i could have a chance to do better now that i am better. Ive been praying for about a month now for God to restore our relationship and bless me with a second chance to be with him again. Im scared that its too late and that he may already be dating someone else. I couldnt handle knowing that. He was my friend for 3 years before we started dating, and i liked him the entire time. I know that if God allowed me to be with him again, I would do everything in my power to treat Justin the way he deserves and be a light of God in his life. Would you mind praying for God to open the doors needed and bless me with favor to restore our relationship? I know God sees my heart and sees how deeply I want this. I would do anything God asked of me to be able to have Justin back. I am absolutely miserable and i just want a second chance with him but im scared its too late and he may have another girl already. I couldn’t bare finding out he does. Id give anything to have him reach out to me since i cant reach out to him again. I need Gods help.

  10. Kelsie on March 28, 2022 at 9:32 pm

    I messed things up really badly with my ex. I still love him and id give anything in a heartbeat to be able to be with him again. Pls pray for him to forgive me and desire a relationship with me again. All I want is a second chance to be a better girlfriend to him, and hopefully his wife someday. He was so good to and for me and id give anything to be with him again. Praying he reaches out to me so our relationship may be restored.

  11. Terrence Matthews on April 7, 2022 at 8:02 pm

    I just wanna send a prayer for my girlfriend Kaylee Jones as she goes to the doctor that he will heal her from everything and that she will receive great news

  12. Kat Waddell on April 7, 2022 at 9:25 pm

    Dear Lord Please pray for me Kat W because my heart is heavy . I want the love I had from a man I meet back . We have been apart for 6-7 years . I want us to reconnect and get back to the love we shared . I truly miss him and have tried to move on. We had an on off again relationship since 2011. Please pray that Kamil D comes back to me god let this be your will . I truly need him .

  13. Linda on April 17, 2022 at 1:44 pm

    Pray that my daughter is not persuaded by Amy P. to work with her. Amy is a demon filled women, who destroys anyone who works with her. Save my daughter from Amy.

  14. Tami Kilburn on June 7, 2022 at 1:15 am

    no

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