Welcome to the Whyte House Family Spoken Novels podcast episode #238. Today we are reading chapter 8 of the novel “The Unspoken Prayer Request” by Daniel Whyte III with Meriqua Whyte.
“And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find;
knock, and it shall be opened unto you.”
– Luke 11:9
Kelli called Aubrey that Saturday with great news. “Trevor’s coming home in one month. God answered that prayer. He told me he had some great news for me; I can’t wait for him to come.”
“That’s great. I’m happy for you! After he returns, why don’t you all come over for dinner one Sunday,” Aubrey said rejoicing with her friend. “Will he be back for good?”
“I am praying he will. Girl, I am so happy, I do not know what to do with myself.”
It was a grand reunion between Kelli and Trevor. Everyone was overjoyed as they made the announcement at dinner at Mother Jamison’s house that they were getting married!
“Can you believe that?” Kelli asked, over their meal at Cherry Blossom Cafe. “I can’t believe God has answered my prayer this soon – at least one of them.”
“Ask and it shall be given you,” Aubrey said.
“The question now,” Simone said, “is which of us will be the maid-of-honor?”
“That is easy,” Kelli laughed. “We’ll just draw straws.”
Simone was happy for Kelli, but being an open and upfront person, she shared with them: “I’m a little jealous; I wish things could have worked out just as smoothly between me and Kelvin. Now that we’re no longer together, I want to marry him so badly it hurts.”
“We’ll keep praying for him,” Kelli assured her.
“Well, don’t let me dampen your day, Kelli. I am very happy for you.” Simone reached over to give her a hug. “Whatever you want me to do to help make your wedding day a memorable one, just let me know.”
“Hey, it’s all solved then,” Kelli said. “Simone, you’ll be my maid-of-honor; Aubrey, you can be my wedding planner; and Jennifer, you’ll be my first bridesmaid.”
The girls continued enjoying their meal. “I’m going to have a lot of good memories here at the Cherry Blossom Cafe,” Aubrey said. “We sure have done a lot of laughing, crying, planning, and fussing.”
“Even though you aren’t living together, are you and Kelvin at least still talking?” Jennifer asked Simone.
“I spoke with him on Wednesday. He keeps begging for us to get back together. He stopped by my job on Thursday to take me out to lunch,” Simone said. “I did go out with him. My emotions were so high I almost begged him to come back too. You all pray for me ‘cause right now, that is what I need.”
“We’re all praying for you, Simone,” Kelli said. “As Pastor Ashton says, God works things out in His time, and speaking of praying, Trevor also told me he rededicated his life to God. He had fallen back into some of his old ways: cursing, drinking, not praying, not reading his Bible, not even going to chapel. However, he said that when he finally visited chapel on base a few months ago, God told him to straighten his act up, and be the Christian he professed to be. He said God also told him we needed to get married. We’ve prayed so much since he’s been back it’s making my head spin. But you know what?” she continued, “praying with him has stabilized me. So now God has not only blessed me with a husband, but God has blessed me with someone who will pray with me,” she beamed.
“This calls for a celebration,” Simone said. “How about a slice of the cherry cheesecake swirl?”
All the girls chuckled as Jennifer told them, “I’m trying to watch my waistline, but what the heck, I guess I’ll just starve myself the rest of the week.”
After finishing her dessert, Aubrey said, “Okay, let’s see where we are in our ‘ask and ye shall receive’ test. You go first Kelli.”
“I only have one more request and that is that Trevor will come out of the military permanently so we can raise our child together.”
“Yes, but being alone will hopefully just push you to pray more,” Jennifer said.
“I know, but there’s nothing like having a strong, praying man around you,” Kelli said. “You’re next, Jenn.”
“Are you sure that’s it?” Simone asked with a smile.
Kelli gave her a puzzled look.
“You know what I’m asking,” Simone said, her smile turning into laughter. “You want Trevor around because you’re getting used to having someone to cuddle up to at night. Ain’t nothing like hugging on some muscles.”
“We got the picture. We got the picture,” Aubrey and Kelli said simultaneously.
“There was nothing like hugging on Kelvin all night,” Simone said. “But now that’s over with.”
“Tell me about it,” Aubrey said. “There was nothing like cuddling up to Jamaal when we weren’t arguing…but I say with Simone, ‘That’s over with.’”
Both women sighed as Aubrey said. “Well, let’s stop pining away before we shrivel up.”
“Oh, I wouldn’t give up so soon,” Jennifer said. “I’m still asking for you all.”
“Right. You aren’t in a relationship,” Simone said. “Well, girl, you have something to look forward to. Go ahead and tell us your ‘ask and receive.’”
“I’m still living the peaceful, quiet life…I just need a man to live it with.” Turning to Kelli, Jennifer asked, “Are any of Trevor’s friends single?”
Kelli laughed. “I’ll check on it for you.”
“I’m more focused on my new ministry at the church,” Aubrey continued. “I’ve decided to call it ‘Restoration Reset.’ You all have heard Pastor Ashton announcing it. The ministry officially launches tomorrow and I need all three of you there for support.”
“We’ll be there,” her friends assured her.
“How’s Bervoski going?” Jennifer asked.
“I’ve found out starting a home business takes time but it’s still in my plans,” Aubrey replied. “Your turn, Simone.”
“My ‘ask and ye shall receive’ is not going too well. I’ve asked but I haven’t received a thing – no promotion and no Kelvin. I’m hearing your testimonies but am still wondering if this prayer thing really works.”
“Don’t give up, Simone. Like we said, we’ll call and pray with you. God does not work on our time,” Jennifer said. “God has something better in store for you; just be patient. This is just a test to make you stronger.”
“Well, pray that I pass it with flying colors, and pray that this ‘something better’ God has in store for me includes Kelvin, because, girlfriends, I love me some Kelvin and I miss him.”
“We know you do,” Kelli said. “You two make the perfect couple.”
“Don’t you mean ‘made’?” Simone asked. “But I’ve been wondering, the first part of our challenge verse says, ‘Ask and ye shall receive.’ What about the second part: ‘seek and ye shall find’?”
“Why, you devil,” Aubrey exclaimed, picking up immediately what Simone was thinking. “Don’t tell us you’re contemplating seeking Kelvin out.”
“Or some Christian guy from your mother’s church. There are some delightful prospects there. But that was just a thought,” Simone added with a chuckle. “Just a thought.”
“Well, for right now, keep it a thought,” Aubrey said.
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:
- 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.