Welcome to the Whyte House Family Spoken Novels podcast episode #242. Today we are reading chapter 12 of the novel “I Need Someone to Pray with Me” by Daniel Whyte III with Meriqua Whyte.
“Call unto me, and I will answer thee,
and show thee great and mighty things,
which thou knowest not.
– Jeremiah 33:3
June 25th was a memorable day for Kelli. It was on that day that God answered one of her prayer requests. She and Trevor tied the knot before he returned to Afghanistan. Aubrey took control and put her designing skills to work for the wedding. The auditorium looked like a picture out of ELLE Decor magazine.
“When I return on a longer leave, we’ll take a cruise to the Bahamas — the honeymoon you’ve always dreamed of,” Trevor assured her as they left for their three-day honeymoon to California. Mother Jamison had given them a three-day all-expenses paid vacation package for their wedding gift.
“There’s no rush now,” Kelli told him. “I only wish you didn’t have to return to Afghanistan. I worry every time you leave especially now that things are so unstable over there.”
“I hate to leave too,” Trevor said brushing her cheeks, “but as Pastor Ashton said, prayer will keep us together even though we’re apart from each other.”
“Have you noticed how much he prays?” Kelli asked.
“Yes, I sure have. There has to be something powerful about prayer for him to pray so often..”
“There sure is,” Kelli agreed. “I know God has answered my prayer because now we are married.”
“Aubrey, you outdid yourself, girl! Wasn’t the auditorium beautiful, Jennifer? I can see why Bervoski wants to keep you. When I get married, I want you to design my wedding,” Simone said.
“You bet,” Aubrey said.
“Have you spoken with Kelvin lately?” Jennifer asked curiously.
“No,” Simone sighed. “I had to finally accept that I may never have a close relationship with him again. It was the toughest decision I ever had to make, but I’m glad I did. I am at peace about it.”
“We just have to pray harder to get him into the Kingdom,” Jennifer said. “Why don’t we pray for him right now.”
The women prayed for Kelvin’s salvation, taking God at His Word to ask and ye shall receive.
“Hey, Aubrey, have you noticed how extra perky Jennifer has been since the wedding?” Simone asked after they had finished praying. “I wonder what’s up.”
“I sure have,” Aubrey said, nudging Simone with her elbow. “I also noticed how she spent the entire reception talking with Trevor’s best man, Brett. What’s up with that?”
“Hmm, I’m not sure. Maybe it has something to do with our ‘ask and ye shall receive’ request to God for her–you know: a quiet life with a good, Christian man to live it with. Brett seems to fit that description: a handsome, good, church-going Christian, and hopefully, a praying man.” Both girls peered at Jennifer. “So, tell us something,” Simone said slyly.
Jennifer laughed as she slurped her smoothie. “Okay, okay. Yes, we spent quite a bit of time together talking at the reception; and yes, we did exchange numbers; and yes, we’ve spoken everyday since then; and yes, he was honorably discharged from the military a few months ago; and yes, he’s going to continue his studies to become medical doctor.”
“Talk about made for each other! Aubrey, do you see what’s happening before our very eyes? Two medical students attracted to each other. There’s going to be two doctors in the family. I know they have a lot in common. What do you think?” Simone said excitedly.
Aubrey smiled and nodded.
“And,” Jennifer continued, “no, it’s way too early to tell if we’re meant for each other, so you two can stop being nosy. Now, guess what?”
Aubrey and Simone were all ears.
“He prays every time before we say ‘goodbye’!”
“Oh, yes, you got yourself a good one,” Simone sighed dreamily. They all laughed.
God was not giving Kelvin any rest. Now that he knew what to do regarding salvation, he really had no excuse, and was reminded daily, “Today is the day of salvation, tomorrow is not promised you.”
Alphonse must have this place rigged, Kelvin thought as he opened the refrigerator one evening hoping to find at least one drink. He did see a change in Alphonse–the same change he saw in Simone: they seemed to be at peace with themselves. He heard and saw Alphonse pray and read his Bible just as he had seen Simone do. No matter the context of the conversation he had with Alphonse, it always somehow ended up on a spiritual note. Alphonse had even prayed with him a few times.
The radio that had before blasted out secular music, was now tuned to a Christian radio station. Alphonse would end up at one of the three Christian television stations after flipping through different channels searching for something to watch.
“The dirty music I used to listen to, I have no desire to listen to anymore,” he told Kelvin. “Even some of the movies I used to watch, I really have no desire for them. Not that I still don’t like to watch a good movie every now and then,” he laughed. “On a serious note though, Kelvin, it’s not so much what you have to give up as a Christian, it’s just that your priorities become different.”
Surfing the internet one evening, Alphonse came across a few churches that had internet campuses. One was Pastor Givens’ church.
“There he goes,” Alphonse said to Kelvin. “There’s my preacher. Why don’t you come with me this Sunday to church. I’ve been praying for a church to begin attending.”
Kelvin accompanied Alphonse, hoping his attending would quiet that still, small voice that kept convicting him.
“He’s still preaching on how to get saved,” Alphonse said as they drove home. “So did you pray and ask Jesus to save you?”
“Not yet,” Kelvin said, “but I’ll get around to it. Keep praying for me to ‘see the light’ as the Pastor said.”
“God really has already shown you the light,” Alphonse said. “You just need to walk in it, now.”
“Things just seem a little cloudy,” Kelvin said.
“Okay then, I’ll pray for God to remove the haze that’s over your eyes and mind so that you’ll clearly see the light.”
“Please do,” Kelvin said. “By the way, Corey called me yesterday. He mentioned something about having a party with all the works the next two Fridays. He says to be sure to tell you, seeing he couldn’t get you on your cell. Are you going?”
“No, sir. Like I told you, some things I used to do, I don’t do them anymore, and partying is one of those things. My Fridays will be spent with Pastor Givens at prayer meeting or witnessing for the Lord from now on. One of the men of the church I was talking with said they had a basketball team that practices on Fridays after the prayer time.” As an afterthought, Alphonse added, “I still play with you guys on Thursdays and Saturdays. Why don’t you come with me to the prayer meetings?”
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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:
- 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.”
- Accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”
- 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.”
- 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.”
- 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.”
- 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.