Welcome to the Whyte House Family Spoken Novels podcast episode #220. Today we are reading chapter 14 of the novel “The Unspoken Prayer Request” by Daniel Whyte III with Meriqua Whyte.
When your heart was filled with anger,
Did you think to pray?
Did you plead for grace, my brother,
That you might forgive another
Who had crossed your way?
1 Chronicles 16:11: “Seek the LORD and his strength, seek his face continually.”
Aubrey sat on her bed examining her latest purchase. Holding the Smith & Wesson revolver she recalled the crash course in self defense she had taken with Jennifer at the indoor gun range. She had no real desire to use the gun, but Jennifer would not stop pressuring her until she did something to ensure her own safety.
The phone rang.
“Hello, Jennifer, have you had to use it yet?” Aubrey asked her friend jokingly.
“Nope, not yet,” Jennifer said. “I feel safe now. I won’t worry about a thing now. I hope I never have to use it though.”
“Yeah, me too,” Aubrey said.
“Are you going to tell Jamaal? You know, kind of put him on notice,” Jennifer asked.
“Are you crazy?” Aubrey said. “He may just use it on me in a fit of anger. He gets crazy enough to do that.”
“I really hope you two can work things out,” Jennifer said before saying goodbye. “Don’t be afraid to use it in self-defense—not to kill, only to stop him from hurting you. As I told you before, you are welcome to come over to my place anytime,” Jennifer said.
“Thanks a lot, Jennifer. I thank God for you,” Aubrey said.
Aubrey told her mother about the can of Mace she had bought, but not the gun. She and Jennifer had been going to the shooting range for the past three weeks. Only Simone knew about it.
Mother Jamison chuckled. “I can just picture you aiming and spraying. On a serious note though, Aubrey,” her mother said, “you know the Bible says ‘safety is of the Lord’. The Lord wants us to be wise and prepared for unexpected negative situations, and He wants us to take the necessary precautions, but He wants us, more importantly, to put our trust in Him. I am really praying for you and Jamaal and I have the church family still praying for you all also. Don’t worry, I have not put your business out in the street. I presented it as an unspoken prayer request. Remember, Aubrey—prayer changes things.”
After a few days of peace in the marriage, Jamaal’s drinking and out-of-control behavior picked up again. His anger and jealousy seemed to have increased. Things took a turn for the worse one evening when he started accusing Aubrey of flirting with one of her male clients. The client came in to Katrina Bervoski’s one morning seeking help in turning a spare-room in his home into a home office for his wife. It was to be his anniversary gift to her. Aubrey was sent to take a look at the room and to offer suggestions for the best furniture, color scheme, carpet and curtains. Jamaal, who had been driving by Aubrey’s job site to keep tabs on her, happened to pass by the moment she was leaving to visit the client’s house. He ended up seeing her leaving the house with the client before driving back to her job.
Once he saw that she was back at work, he headed to the bar.
Aubrey got home half an hour later than normal having stopped to pick up a large pizza, salad, and iced tea. She placed her portfolio and purse on the kitchen table and went to find Jamaal. Jamaal was in his usual spot—seated in the leather recliner in the game room. Aubrey pushed the door open and stuck her head in the room. The television was blasting and Jamaal was sound asleep.
“It’s a miracle you’re not deaf yet,” she muttered as she put the television on mute.
“Jamaal, I’m home. Your phone must be off because I could not get in touch with you. Want to join me for pizza? I made another room sale today.”
Jamaal barely opened his eyes. “Don’t worry ‘bout me. I’ll be eating soon.”
Aubrey noticed three empty cans of Schlitz Malt Liquor Bull laying on the floor as well as a half-finished bottle of MD 20/20, also known as Mad Dog 20/20, resting on the side table. She decided to leave him alone hoping he would just stay there and sleep off his drunkenness.
Back in the kitchen she called Jennifer, Simone and her mother in sequence to share the good news with them, while enjoying her pizza. “I know how to pull those customers in,” she bragged.
“I am so happy for you,” her mother said. “I’ve been praying for your success.”
“Well, God is answering your prayers,” Aubrey said.
“He can answer yours, too, if you’ll pray to Him,” said Mother Jamison.
Aubrey did not hear Jamaal enter the kitchen until he staggered over to her, snatched the phone from her hand, and said loud enough for Mother Jamison to hear, “Who are you talking to? Your new boyfriend this time, huh?” Jamaal slammed the phone onto the receiver and put her in a headlock. Caught off guard and struggling to free herself Aubrey yelled, “Jamaal, what are you doing? What is the problem now?”
“Oh, you don’t know! I saw you leaving the man’s house. I followed both of you back to your office. You’re using this job as an excuse to fool around with other men behind my back.”
Aubrey was shocked to find out that Jamaal had been following her. She knew that trying to explain the situation to him was useless. Right now it was survival time. Jamaal’s grip around her neck tightened.
“You’re choking me!” Aubrey gagged.
“That’s my plan,” he sneered.
Aubrey clawed at his arm as best she could. She got a few good scratches in, but not enough to make him release her. Mace. Where’s my Mace?
As they struggled, the open box of pizza and the open bottle of iced tea were knocked to the floor. Aubrey managed to sink her teeth into the fold of Jamaal’s elbow.
Jamaal groaned in pain. He loosened his grip around Aubrey’s neck just enough for her to grab for her open purse which was sitting on the table. She managed to tip the purse over and catch the can of Mace as it rolled out. Jamaal swung her around towards him intending to deliver a few blows to her face. Aubrey sprayed frantically. Jamaal’s grip loosened as he clutched his face. She swung out of his grasp and spun around to the other side of the table using it as a shield. Jamaal rubbed his left eye with one hand while grabbing aimlessly with the other in an attempt to regain his hold on her. “You gonna pay for cheating on me,” he yelled.
Aubrey sprayed furiously while backing away, but he staggered towards her using his arm to shield his face. Aubrey ran around the corner of the table to grab her gun which had fallen on the floor when she grabbed the Mace.
She held the gun with both hands, the barrel pointed towards Jamaal. “If you don’t stop right there, I am going to shoot, Jamaal!” she said.
“A gun, huh? You don’t have the guts to pull the trigger,” Jamaal scoffed, still approaching her. “Where did you get the gun anyway? Did your new boyfriend give it to you? Huh?”
“I’m warning you, Jamaal. If you don’t stop right there, I am going to shoot.” Jamaal hesitated and then lunged for her.
Aubrey tightened her grip on the gun and slipped her finger over the trigger. God, please make him stop. I don’t want to do this, she prayed. She closed her eyes, preparing to shoot. Suddenly she heard a sickening crack and her eyes flew open in time to see Jamaal’s head bouncing off of the corner of the dining room table, a piece of pepperoni pizza flying out from underneath his foot. Jamaal grasped the air with his fingers desperately attempting to regain his balance, but he fell backwards with a heavy thud, his head striking the ceramic tile floor.
Mother Jamison had heard Jamaal’s last words before he hung up: Who are you talking to? Your new boyfriend? She spent the next few minutes dialing and redialing their house number as well as Aubrey’s cell number. “Come on, pick up. Oh, God, let her be alright,” she prayed over and over.
Seeing that she was having no success in reaching her daughter by phone, she jumped in her car and sped to her daughter’s home. As she drove, she dialed 9-1-1 and gave them her daughter’s address.
“We’ll send a couple of officers over immediately,” the dispatcher assured her.
“I’m on my way over there myself,” Mother Jamison said.
Aubrey was exhausted and terrified at what took place. She tossed the gun aside and ran to where her husband was lying motionless on the kitchen floor. Her heart pounded in her chest when she saw the fast-growing pool of blood surrounding Jamaal’s head.
Aubrey wrapped her arms around his torso. “Oh, no! Jamaal,” she cried, shaking him. “Jamaal, Jamaal. Wake up!”
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Now, dear listener, please know that God—the divine Author of all things—wants to write a great story with your life as well. But first you must give Him the pen by trusting Him with the life He gave you and surrendering your heart to Jesus Christ as Savior. Here is how:
1. Accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Ecclesiastes 7:20: “For there is not a just man upon earth that doeth good, and sinneth not.” Romans 3:23 reads: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
2. Accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”
3. Accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” The Bible says in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
4. Accept the fact that you cannot do anything to save yourself! The Bible states in Ephesians 2: 8, 9: “For by grace are ye saved through faith: and that not of yourselves: it is a gift of God. Not of works, lest any man should boast.”
5. Accept the fact that God loves you more than you love yourself, and that He wants to save you from hell. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
6. With these facts in mind, please repent of your sins, believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and pray and ask Him to come into your heart and save you this very moment. The Bible states in the book of Romans 10:9, 13: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.”
“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
Dear friend, if you are willing to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation, please pray with me this simple prayer: Heavenly Father, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.
If you believed in your heart that Jesus Christ died on the cross, was buried, and rose again, allow me to say, congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour! For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”
May God bless you until next time.