Welcome to the Whyte House Family Spoken Novels podcast episode #232. Today we are reading chapter 2 of the novel “I Need Someone to Pray with Me” by Daniel Whyte III with Meriqua Whyte.
Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.
– Matthew 7:7
It seemed everywhere Aubrey turned, prayer was being emphasized. Television preachers were preaching on it. Pastor Ashton was praying more and encouraging the church family to pray more as well. She even noticed her own mother praying more. What is it with all this praying? she wondered.
“You know, Aubrey, you’re twenty-three years old now. You can’t ride on my prayers for the rest of your life. Just like you couldn’t ride on my salvation and you had to make sure of your own salvation, you have to get to know God for yourself through prayer,” Mother Jamison told her.
Surprising to Aubrey, Simone, of all people, seemed to have gotten a hold of prayer. Simone was always making fun of those television preachers who claimed to have the gift of healing. “I tell you all something,” Simone shared with them at one of their meetings, “I used to think people were just bluffing and making up stuff to try and spook people with this prayer thing, but I’m thinking differently now and that’s thanks to your mother, Aubrey.”
“Yes, girl, I just could not bring myself to pray or talk to someone I could not see. I felt funny on the inside when I tried to pray. I asked your mother about it and this is what she told me. She said, ‘that is where faith comes in; you just have to believe God is there and that He hears you.’ The Bible says, ‘without faith it is impossible to please God,’ and she also shared that I just have to believe that God is and that He exists, and that He eagerly waits to hear from me.”
“That is faith alright,” Kelli said. “You know, just knowing we all are Christians now has encouraged me to pray more. I’ve even started going to chapel services on base more regularly.”
“Why don’t you start coming with us to Mt. Salem?” Simone asked.
“Yes,” said Jennifer. “Pastor Ashton can get with it. He’s been doing a series on relationships. In fact, the next few Sundays, he’ll be preaching on the ‘sanctity of the marriage bed.’”
“That should be interesting,” Kelli said. “If nothing happens, count me in.”
“Mother Jamison quoted a verse from somewhere in Matthew chapter seven I believe. Anyway,” Simone said, “it says, ‘Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.’ Why don’t we put that verse to the test by each of us asking God to do something for us over this year.”
“Yeah, that’s a great idea,” they all agreed.
“You go first, Simone,” Jennifer said.
“Well, I’ve been hoping for a promotion for over a year now. Pray that I’ll get it and pray also that Kelvin and I will have a long life together.”
“We’ll pray that you get married,” Aubrey said.
“I’m still not sure about that,” Simone said. “Your turn, Kelli.”
“Let’s see,” Kelli said. “My prayer request is that Trevor and I will get married and provide a happy, loving, and prayerful home for Justin…that’s pending on him coming home safely and permanently. You know what? I also want him to get out of the military and just live a regular civilian life.”
“Oh, Kelli, let him enjoy his time in the military serving his country. Trust God to keep him safe,” Aubrey said. “Your turn, Jennifer.”
“I really want to finish medical school,” Jennifer said. “Your turn, Aubrey.”
“My request is…“
“Wait a minute,” Jennifer interrupted, “If I get a man, I want a praying man, because when I pray my prayers seem so dry. And, at the same time, I want him to be a man who can take care of business in the bedroom. I don’t want a man who is so heavenly-minded he ain’t no earthly good.” They all laughed.
“Ok, now it’s my turn for real,” Aubrey said. “My request is that I’ll get over my hurt and disappointment from a failed marriage and that I’ll get a handle on my prayer life. I also want to get my own home interior design company going.”
“Is that all?” Simone said with a smile. “How about asking God for a praying man to replace Jamaal? We’ll pray one in for you.”
The girls all laughed as Aubrey replied, “It will be a long time before I trust any man enough to marry him. But,” she added, “you are welcome to pray that for me.”
Thank you for joining us for this episode of Whyte House Family stories. You may purchase a copy of this novel and any other Christian fiction books read on this podcast from Amazon.com.
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.