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Grace to Carry it Through

keysLast week, I had a great time going to comedy charity event with my brother in Tulsa. We had a little dinner, saw Ed Wiley (and his family) perform, and turned around to drive the hour and a half back to my brother’s house where I had left my car.

It was around 11:15 PM when we pulled into his driveway. Tired and ready to be home, I started checking my pocket for my keys. They weren’t there. What?! I looked in his floorboard. I looked under the seat and all around. I got out of the car and looked all over the ground as best I could in the darkness. I checked my car… Over and over… Nothing.

Because when we bought the car there was only one key, my poor brother had to drive me and the two boys with me home, and the next day I called the restaurant and the comedy club to see if anyone had turned in keys. Nobody had seen them. Later that day, we thought the restaurant had confirmed they had them, but it was a mixup.

I’ve heard amazing testimonies of people praying for lost things and they show up out of nowhere. I’ve experienced where I’ve prayed and God will lead me right where the missing thing is, but nothing showing up on its own. Didn’t happen this time.

Saturday came and we checked back with both places and the police just to see if anyone had seen these keys, but again, nothing. In an absence of options, we opted for getting a tow truck to take my keyless vehicle to the dealership to get new keys made. That was its own ordeal, but we got it dropped off and awaited Monday so I would have a vehicle again.

Sunday at church, God dropped in my spirit that I couldn’t give up praying for those keys to return. I thought, “Yeah, I guess I figured we’d moved on so I stopped praying.” So for several more days, I prayed the keys would be returned to me–however that may happen.

Wednesday–exactly a week from when I lost the keys–I got a call from the man at the comedy club that someone had found the keys and turned them in! My mom was actually in Tulsa so she picked them up for me. It all taught me about the power of prevailing prayer once again.

With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints… –Ephesians 6:18

I can think of too many times, I prayed then moved on to “plan B” when it didn’t work out the way I thought. I wasn’t mad at God. I may not have even been that disappointed, but I let go and this little incident this week reminded me that He still cares even when I stop.

Obviously there are much more important and eternal things for which I pray. Relationships, family, the broken, God’s promises to be fulfilled–God hasn’t moved on but it’s for us to do just that.

I’m encouraging myself and encouraging you today: ask and keep asking, seek and keep seeking, knock and keep knocking (Matthew 7:7, 8 AMP). He is good and He will answer.

How about you? Do you find it difficult to prevail in prayer? Why or why not? What are you thankful for this week?

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  1. Great reminder. I felt so bad about the whole situation. Glad that God moved
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    • Ha! It wasn’t your fault. It was a weird deal for sure. I’m glad too! Thanks Philip. 🙂

  2. Such a great reminder for us, Jason, to never stop praying. I’m seeing the results of some prayers I’ve been repeating for quite some time, and I am so, so grateful to our loving God who answered in the most remarkable way.
    Glad your keys were found, too!
    Martha Orlando recently posted..This Old StoveMy Profile

    • That’s awesome. There really is no such thing as a small testimony. They all point us to the greatness and compassion of our Father! Thank you and blessings to you too, Martha!

  3. I needed to read this today, have given up on a certain prayer. Think I will pick it back and carry it to the throne room again, and again, and again. Thanks brother.

    • That encourages my heart, Betty! Thank you and I’m agreeing with you that His will is done swiftly for that which you’re praying in Jesus’ name! Thanks again.

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