Welcome to the Whyte House Family Spoken Novels podcast episode #254. Today we are reading chapter 24 of the novel “I Need Someone to Pray with Me” by Daniel Whyte III with Meriqua Whyte.
Roger started to shake Keron off of him, but changed his mind as Keron continued whispering, “Don’t worry, Roggie baby. Kelvin will be back. He has to take me home.”
“You wait right here,” Roger told her. “I have to get something out the trunk of my car.”
“Don’t worry, lover boy, I’ll be waiting for you unlike your lady friend.” Keron said.
It was after midnight when Aubrey was awakened from her sleep by someone banging on her bedroom door. Before she could get out of bed, Simone was frantically shaking her.
“Aubrey, Aubrey! Get up! I just received a phone call from the paramedics. Something about Kelvin being rushed to the hospital and going into the operation room right away. We need to go.”
Aubrey bounded out of the bed and they rushed to awaken Mother Jamison. “Pray as you get dressed,” Mother Jamison shouted at them as they hurried out of her room.
All three were in Mother Jamison’s car headed for the hospital. Once at the hospital, they headed for the third floor to find Alphonse pacing the floor.
“Alphonse, what are you doing here?” Simone asked in surprise.
“What are you doing here?” Alphonse redirected the question back to her.
“I received a phone call about Kelvin being taken to the emergency room.”
“So did I,” Alphonse said. “The police called me and said he had been shot. They told me there was a party going on; apparently a fight broke out; it seems Kelvin got caught in the middle. The fellow who started it all has not been located yet.”
Aubrey gasped. She looked around for a chair as her knees suddenly felt weak. After letting the nurse at the desk know where they would be, they headed for the waiting room. Alphonse picked up the conversation.
“Kelvin did tell me he was headed for another party—this time at Billy Jr’s. He has been going to one almost every weekend. If I had not gotten saved, I would have been at the party myself. I don’t know if you knew this, Simone, but Kelvin has been staying at my place since you both split up.”
Simone shook her head no.
“I have invited him to church and to Bible Study, and he’s come a few times. I have been praying for his salvation; I believe he’s searching for meaning and direction for his life.”
“We have been praying for him, too,” Mother Jamison said, placing an arm around Simone’s shoulders.
Aubrey was quiet for a while. “It’s probably my fault why Kelvin’s in the hospital,” she said quietly. “Roger saw both of us talking and told Kelvin to leave me alone and told me not to talk with him anymore because he did not trust Kelvin. Kelvin gave me a ride home. Keron saw us leave. She must have said something to Roger. I was under the impression Kelvin was going home. I had no idea he had returned to the party.”
“Well, we don’t know for sure what took place,” Alphonse said.
Simone sniffled. Mother Jamison hugged both girls. “Don’t worry. God is still in control. Let’s just pray for his recovery and for Roger as well.”
After about thirty minutes, Nurse Mikelton came to give them an update.
“Your friend was shot in the chest,” she said. “Thankfully, the doctors were able to remove the bullet and they are sewing up the torn muscles now. He is unconscious and he has lost a lot of blood.”
Mother Jamison thanked the nurse, and she, Simone, Aubrey, and Alphonse continued in prayer.
It was four in the morning when the nurse summoned them to Kelvin’s room in the intensive care unit. “He’s still unconscious,” the nurse said. “You can only pray for a miracle. Dr. Rayburn will be in shortly.”
They entered the room to find various tubes hooked up to Kelvin. Simone closed her eyes as she placed a hand on top of his. Now is not the time to cry. I have to be strong, she tried to tell herself. Aubrey stood next to her. It seemed as though all the blood had been drained out of his face. It’s all my fault, Aubrey kept thinking. She placed an arm around Simone’s shoulders. Simone could no longer contain herself; she let the tears flow freely. Aubrey joined in. They continued to wait quietly.
Around six thirty, Alphonse left to go pick up some coffee and sausage biscuits from McDonald’s for everyone.
“Lord,” he prayed, “for some strange reason, You had me up all night praying for Kelvin. Now I know why. Lord, he knows how to get saved, but he refuses to simply believe and ask You to save him. If he dies without You, his life will have been wasted. Please give him another chance. Amen.”
Upon his return to the hospital, Alphonse gave Pastor Givens a call. “Yes, Pastor Givens, he’s the young man who has sometimes come with me to Sunday services. He’s in room 214. His life is hanging by a string.”
Everyone ate their breakfast in silence.
Later, Pastor Givens came by to pray and offer words of encouragement to the waiting friends. “I’m going to be flying up to Washington state for a preachers’ conference and I should be back late Wednesday night. I’ll stop by on Thursday morning, but rest assured, I will be praying for him. I have faith that God will answer our prayers for his recovery. This may be a wake-up call for him. He has asked me questions about salvation on several occasions. I know he has been searching.”
A few minutes after Pastor Givens left, Simone encouraged Mother Jamison, Aubrey, and Alphonse to go ahead and attend Sunday services.
“There’s no need for all four of us to sit here waiting when there’s nothing we can do,” she said.
“Are you sure you’ll be all right?” Mother Jamison asked.
“I can’t leave you here alone,” Aubrey said.
“I’ll be all right,” Simone said. “Go on and get filled up on Pastor Ashton’s preaching and then you can come back and give me the Word. Plus,” Simone continued, “someone needs to tell Jennifer and Kelli what has taken place.”
After they left, Simone flipped through the local news channels to see if there was anything about the shooting at Billy Jr’s. Nothing. She left the television on one of the Christian channels where a pastor was preaching.
“Lord,” Simone silently prayed, “ I chose You over Kelvin, which was a very hard thing for me to do. I have given up all hope of us ever having a life together. I turned him over to You. Anyway, I still pray for his salvation even as I am praying for his full recovery. I know nothing is too hard for You. Amen.”
Simone was encouraged as the pastor on the television quoted this single verse from Psalm 65:1: “O thou that hearest prayer, unto thee shall all flesh come.”
“Thank You, Lord. Thank You even now for Kelvin’s salvation,” Simone whispered.
Simone was awakened from her nap by a tap on the shoulder.
“Simone, it’s Mother Jamison.”
Simone smiled as she opened her eyes to see Aubrey, Jennifer, and Kelli, and behind them, Quintin Rodney.
“We couldn’t leave you down here all by yourself,” Jennifer said giving her a hug, and then stepping aside so Kelli could do the same. “We love you so much.”
“How are you, Simone?” Quintin said. “I have been praying for you.”
“I’m okay. Thank you all for coming,” Simone said. “Kelvin’s still the same.”
“Pastor Ashton has the whole church praying for him,” Mother Jamison said. “He’ll be stopping by later. We’ve given everyone here an update on the whole situation, so there’s no need to rehash the story; plus, we don’t know all the details. Roger’s parents, Brother and Sister Hawthorne, have not heard from him, so we’re praying for him as well.”
Simone appreciated the light and friendly conversation as it kept her mind off Kelvin’s unstable condition. After a couple hours, Alphonse showed up.
“Okay, Simone, I’ll sit with Kelvin until eight in the morning. You need to go home with Mother Jamison, eat a solid meal, and get some rest. We all don’t need to hang out here. There’s no need for you to let your body get run down. We want you good and strong when Kelvin recovers.”
“I’m in agreement,” Quintin said. “I can tell somebody has been talking with the Lord.”
“Yes, my brother. That’s all we can do at a time like this. Draw closer to the Lord through prayer,” Alphonse said. “By the way, Simone, Billy Jr. called. He and CJ and Corey are in jail right now. Billy Jr. sends his apology and says if there is anything they can do to let him know. They’ll be stopping by as soon as his father pays their bail to get them out. They are only being held for passing drugs.”
After Quintin and the ladies left, Alphonse continued in prayer for Kelvin’s recovery.
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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.