Welcome to the Whyte House Family Spoken Novels podcast episode #239. Today we are reading chapter 9 of the novel “The Unspoken Prayer Request” by Daniel Whyte III with Meriqua Whyte.
“The righteous cry, and the Lord heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles.”
– Psalm 34:17
Aubrey threw herself into her work at Katrina Bervoski’s. Before long she was the top employee at the company with many clients.
“Girls, I think I’ll convert mother’s spare room – the long den – into my office, and work from there three days out of the week. That’s something new Bervoski’s added to the job,” Aubrey shared with her friends.
“I have a better idea,” Jennifer said. “Since you haven’t sold your house yet, why don’t you convert it into a kind of model home. Redecorate each room to have its own theme, and customers can get an even better idea of the work you do.”
“I thought about that, but there are just too many bad memories there,” Aubrey said.
“Right. Sorry, I wasn’t thinking,” Jennifer said apologetically.
“I am excited about this new Restoration Reset ministry I’m starting at the church,” Aubrey said, changing the subject. “Mother thinks it will help me heal as well.”
“That’s a great thing to do, Aubrey,” her friends agreed.
“Are you going to call Quintin Rodney and let him know you took his advice?” Simone asked trying not to smile.
“Simone, if you don’t drop that hopeless thinking of yours,” Aubrey warned.
“But we’re still praying ‘Ask and it shall be given unto you,’ Simone interrupted with a smile. “Then after that ‘Seek and you will find.’”
Pastor Ashton was very excited about the new outreach ministry as Aubrey shared the details with him.
“As it expands, Aubrey, you could even hold meetings at women’s shelters and even at some of the surrounding churches. And you are correct: No telling how many women sitting in the pews are silent victims of domestic abuse. Just the other day, I heard of a pastor who preached a series on domestic abuse and over four hundred women stood up acknowledging that they were victims. And some of them stood up with their abuser sitting right beside them. You’re the perfect person to head it up, seeing that you have experienced it.”
Aubrey had to agree with Pastor Ashton. She silently suffered the abuse from Jamaal because she did not feel there was anyone who would understand what she was going through.
“You know, there’s a verse in Second Corinthians chapter one that speaks about ministering to others; that is, reaching out to comfort others who have a similar hurt as you did.” Reaching for his Bible, Pastor Ashton continued, “It reads, ‘Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the father of mercies, and God of all comfort; who comfort us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort, wherewith we ourselves are comforted by God.’”
Closing his Bible, Pastor Ashton continued, “I only ask that you introduce those women to Jesus. Let them see the hurt you went through as an avenue to minister to them about how Jesus can heal them, and restore their marriage and family.”
“You all have to come and support me at the first meeting,” Aubrey said to her friends.
“Of course, we’ll be there,” Jennifer said. “What are you going to talk to the ladies about?”
“There are so many things floating around in my mind. I don’t know exactly where to begin or where to end,” Aubrey confessed. “I tossed some things out at Mother, but she had to remind me that I was mainly speaking to married women.”
“She’s right,” Kelli said.
“You know, you could talk about prayer and how important it is for a husband and wife to pray,” Jennifer suggested.
“That’s what Mother suggested too. She said it wouldn’t be wise to just jump into the abuse issues, but to give them something encouraging starting out.”
Aubrey and her friends showed up at church early. They laid out notebooks and pens, and had refreshments and cakes ready for the visiting ladies. Ten ladies showed up at the start of the meeting, but there were eighteen present by the end of the meeting. Not bad for a first meeting, Aubrey thought. After the introductions were over, Aubrey stood up to speak.
“Some of you may be thinking how unfair life is and how in the world did you end up in the abusive relationship that you are in. But the mere fact that you are still with that husband of yours is because you have hope that things will get better. You caught a glimpse of a light at the end of this dark tunnel you are going through. Ladies, yes, there is hope; there is a light, and this hope is to be found in Jesus Who is the light of the world. Some of you are discouraged and are just going through the motions of life, but be encouraged, Jesus is there with you.”
“Amen,” Mother Jamison said.
“I am reminded of David. You know David who killed the Philistine giant and wrote the Psalms. Now David had a lot to be down in the dumps about. The king, King Saul, who also happened to be his father-in-law, was after him and trying to kill him. David had to go into hiding, but David always found something to praise God for. In First Samuel chapter thirty, when David and his men returned to their city, they found the city burned down to nothing and their wives and children taken captive. The whole city was destroyed and David’s men wanted to kill him. Yes, David felt discouraged. He probably felt like he had failed his men, but the Bible tells us that David encouraged himself in the Lord.
“Ladies, during this discouraging time that you are going through you can encourage yourself in the Lord too. How? you may ask. By prayer. Stay in touch with God by talking with Him daily. Don’t let a day go by when you do not touch base with God.
“Along with prayer, read your Bible everyday. Study and memorize Scriptures. Remember, God wants to hear from you because He loves you. He knows that you need Him and thus He wants to guide you into a successful life. God also wants to bless your life with good things and good relationships.
“Things may not be going smoothly in your marriage right now, but trust God and remain faithful to Him by prayer, reading your Bible, and, of course, attending church.
“And for those of you who do not have a relationship with Jesus Christ, the Bible says to ‘believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved.’ God loves you and we do 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.