I suppose I’ve heard that before - and I never thought much about it. Maybe because I always remembered it being said after I helped someone though something pretty tough. But me? An answer to prayer? My 8 year old daughter asked me one night, "Have you called our neighbor to see how she is?” Why she thought to ask that, I don’t know. We hadn’t particularly talked about them in some time. But I decided to pick up the phone.
“Hello….um, this is Michael from next door. We just thought we’d call and see how you are. Can we bring you anything? Go get something for you?”
“You have no idea…you’re an answer to prayer.”
“Why do you say that?” I asked.
I then heard a story of a fall, broken bones, a run to the hospital, a husband that had taken a turn for the worse…
“I was just saying to dad that we don’t have anyone to call to help us. And not but two minutes ago, I just prayed that God would help us…and then the phone rang.” Tears welled up in me. Now I knew where my daughter’s question came from.
God really does use us to answer prayer. It’s Him, and His story, and we get to be a part of it.
As we sit in unique roles, leading our companies, our families, and others around us, God will use us to answer prayers, if we are open to the His voice. It will be at work, at home, at the gas station. Sometimes, we’ll know we part of the story, and other times, we may never know.
But, yes, we really can be an answer to prayer.