Welcome to the Whyte House Family Spoken Novels podcast episode #255. Today we are reading chapter 25 of the novel “I Need Someone to Pray with Me” by Daniel Whyte III with Meriqua Whyte.
Monday morning was cloudy and overcast. Mother Jamison relieved Alphonse a little before eight so he would not be late to teach his first class. Kelvin’s parents flew in for a short visit. Aubrey went to Bervoski’s to wrap up her work with a client. Simone wanted to visit Kelvin too, but Mother Jamison encouraged her to go on to work. “It will help keep your mind occupied. Kelvin is in God’s hands. There is nothing we can do but continue to pray for him.”
Mother Jamison decided to take a prayer walk on the ICU floor praying for each person in each room as she passed by. As she neared the emergency elevators, an ambulance crew with a couple of nurses rushed out of one of the sliding doors pushing a young man on a stretcher.
“Get a new IV bag going before we lose him!” someone shouted.
“Get Dr. Pankins to the emergency room as soon as possible! Drug overdose. We will definitely have to pump his stomach!”
“I’ve never seen it this bad.”
“I think we’re losing him.”
Mother Jamison watched as they disappeared into the operating room. A doctor, who she presumed to be Dr. Pankins, followed by two other nurses, came running down the hallway and into the operating room. Mother Jamison stood off to the side as other hospital personnel rushed down the hallway and into the operating room. She uttered a prayer for whoever it was on the stretcher and for the family.
On her way back to Kelvin’s room, her phone rang. It was Mrs. Hawthorne, Roger’s mother.
“Mother Jamison, are you close to the television? Hurry and turn to Channel 7. They are talking about the place where Kelvin was shot. Aubrey said Roger was there too, but the police don’t list him among those wounded. I’ve been calling the police station all morning, and he’s not answering his phone either.”
Once in Kelvin’s room, Mother Jamison turned to Channel 7.
An announcer was reporting, “There was a party at 336 Akin Road late Saturday night into Sunday morning. A fight broke out and gunshots were fired. Two people are reported dead; others have been wounded. The police are still looking for the person responsible for starting this shooting. Stay tuned for updates.”
“I just hope Roger left before this all started,” Mrs. Hawthorne said.
“Aubrey said he mentioned something about going to Florida for a short trip. He may have taken off early,” Mother Jamison said, trying to console her. “Don’t be surprised if he calls you from down there.”
“Yes. He did mention that to me, but said he had not fully decided yet. I don’t believe he would just take off and not let me or his father know something,” Mrs. Hawthorne said. “Hold on, do you see what’s scrolling across the screen; read down at the bottom.”
The red ticker at the bottom of the screen read: 18-wheeler slams into vehicle at Exit 24; car totally destroyed.
“That’s something else. May God be with that family,” Mrs. Hawthorne said. “Well, let’s just keep praying for Roger and for Kelvin. God bless you.”
After three days in ICU, Kelvin’s condition stabilized enough for him to be transferred to the regular floor. His circle of friends kept on praying and trusting God for his complete recovery.
Aubrey was extremely grateful for Quintin’s frequent phone calls during this time of difficulty. She felt for certain that if she had not had Kelvin to take her home then he would not have gotten hurt. Or worse, yet, she could have been caught in the crossfire. She shared her concerns with Quintin. Maybe the lawyer in him can shed some light on this whole scenario.
“There might be some truth to that. Roger may have confronted Kelvin, if Roger was still at the party when Kelvin returned,” Quintin said. “Lawyers operate on the truth, and coming to the truth requires credible eyewitnesses. Evidence is what we go by, and of course, logical reasoning, and in my case, as a Christian—Godly wisdom, insight, and discernment.”
“Quintin, I really appreciate you taking time out of your busy schedule to call and check in on Kelvin and help us pray through this time,” Aubrey told him. “You just don’t know how much this means to us.”
“That’s what friends are for and it’s the Christian thing to do,” Quintin replied.
Aubrey reminded herself to be careful as Quintin was beginning to be her source of strength during this time. As Aubrey sat in Kelvin’s room, having given Mother Jamison and Simone a break, she got lost in her thoughts.
Quintin seemed to be naturally confident; Roger, on the other hand, often seemed unsure of himself. Quintin leaned on God for guidance, and he had a way of stabilizing her emotionally, spiritually, and mentally, sometimes without saying a word. He had a way of bringing her back into the spiritual realm and that’s what she needed at this time — not just for herself, but so she could be an encouragement to Simone and her other friends. Roger showed no interest in spiritual matters. As Aubrey thought about it more, she wondered if not having a strong prayer partner was one of the reasons she was struggling in having a consistent prayer life.
She smiled. Here I am, leader of Restoration Reset Ministry, supposedly ministering to hurting ladies, encouraging them to pray regularly and to spend regular time in the Word, and I am struggling with those things myself.
Quintin’s presence seemed to bring calmness and tranquility which helped Aubrey focus on her priorities instead of the trivial things that Roger seemed to give all his attention to.
“Mother, how come when I pray I don’t get the same results as when Quintin prays or even when you pray?” Aubrey asked her mother.
“I believe, Aubrey, it’s because you don’t pray in faith; you don’t believe what you are praying,” Mother Jamison said. “Besides that, you are the kind of person who likes to do things in your own strength. And your mind is going in a thousand different directions because you are concerned about getting what you want.”
“But I believe in God or else I wouldn’t even try to pray,” Aubrey said.
“You believe in God, but you do not believe God,” Mother Jamison said. “Prayer is not something you do as a meaningless ritual; it is something you live, eat, and breathe. It has to become one of those things that you cannot go without doing each day and throughout the day. That’s what Quintin has. Your Daddy had it too.”
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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.