Welcome to the Whyte House Family Spoken Novels podcast episode #240. Today we are reading chapter 10 of the novel “I Need Someone to Pray with Me” by Daniel Whyte III with Meriqua Whyte.
“Hear my prayer, O Lord, give ear to my supplications:
in thy faithfulness answer me, and in thy righteousness.”
– Psalm 143:1
Simone remained faithful to church attendance. She shared with Aubrey and Mother Jamison over Sunday dinner, “It’s no fun coming home to an empty apartment, having no one to talk to, or to cuddle up with. The noise from the television is not so inviting now.”
“I know what you mean,” Aubrey said.
“God probably moved Kelvin out the way so you and Him could have a more solid relationship,” Mother Jamison told Simone. “There’s a verse in Psalm 37 that says to ‘delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.’ And Matthew 6:33 says to ‘seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.’”
“So,” Simone said with a smile, “if I put God first, He may just bring me and Kelvin back together.”
Mother Jamison laughed. “You could say that, but that should not be your goal. You put God first because you love Him, not to get something from Him.”
“I got you,” Simone said.
“We’re praying for you and Kelvin and for God’s will to be done,” Mother Jamison said.
Simone returned home to find Kelvin waiting outside the apartment.
“I thought I’d stop by to check on you after you didn’t answer my phone call,” he said. “I called several times.”
“Oh, yes. I was over at Aubrey’s for Sunday dinner. I turned it off during church and forgot to turn it back on,” Simone said, fumbling in her purse for her phone.
“I still have my key,” Kelvin said unlocking the apartment door as she cut her phone back on. “I guess you didn’t change the lock so I could be free to come and go, right?”
Simone did not answer.
Pushing the door open so Simone could enter, Kelvin asked, “Do you mind if I come in for a few minutes?”
“I guess not,” Simone answered with some hesitation.
“Well, what did Pastor Ashton have to say this Sunday?” he asked. “Anything that will bring us back together?”
“Nope. Not this Sunday,” Simone sighed. “In fact, what he preached on will only keep us further apart.” She avoided looking him directly in his eyes; whenever she did, it seemed as though he was peering into the deep recesses of her soul. He could read her like a book.
“Simone, you know I still have strong feelings for you,” Kelvin said softly, “and I believe you still have feelings for me.”
Simone did not answer.
“If I didn’t I wouldn’t be over here,” he continued.
“I still have feelings for you too, Kelvin and I’m not going to lie to you,” Simone said. “Your coming over here is stirring up those feelings for you. But I love God, and I really do not want to mess up my new life.”
“But what about our life together? Your new life is messing up our life,” Kelvin said.
“I’m sorry, Kelvin, but my mind is made up. It has not been easy on me since you left. It’s been kind of lonely without you.”
“Why put yourself through that torture when you don’t have to?”
“It’s not torture at all,” Simone said. “I can’t say I understand it all, but Pastor Ashton says God does not call us to understand it all — just to obey it all. The understanding will come later.”
Kelvin shook his head. “Well, I guess I’m going to have to move on with my life,” he said walking towards the door.
“We could move on together if you’d become a Christian.” Kelvin noticed the pleading look in her eyes. “You remember the message Pastor Givens preached at Jamaal’s funeral? All you have to do is believe in Jesus and you will be saved.”
“I remember,” Kelvin said. “It’s just so easy — too easy.”
“Why wouldn’t a loving God make it easy?” Simone said. “I mean simple people like me need to get saved also.” Despite the emotions she was having, Simone was surprised at how boldly she spoke.
“Oh, you’re not simple, baby,” Kelvin said, reaching out to hug her. “You’re the smartest person I know.”
He reached down and gave her a kiss and would have let it linger, but Simone was on her guard.
“Stop, Kelvin!” She pushed him away. “I’m serious about this. This might be a final goodbye.”
Kelvin stepped outside the door, but stopped for a couple seconds to say, “I hope not, but I can’t wait to find out.”
Leaning against the door, Simone turned the lock. “Thank You, Jesus, for giving me the strength to take a stand for You,” she prayed.
The phone rang as she said “Amen.”
It was Aubrey.
“We just finished praying for you,” Aubrey told her.
Simone told Aubrey everything that had happened. “I knew somebody had to be praying for me.”
“And we’ll keep praying for Kelvin,” Aubrey assured her. “Why don’t you come live with us? It’s not safe to be there by yourself right now. We’d love to have you. Plus, what if Kelvin turns up and pressures you?” Aubrey continued. “Mother says she will not take ‘no’ for an answer.”
By Wednesday, Simone had moved all her personal belongings out of the apartment. She felt it was only right to let Kelvin know she moved out of the apartment and he could have it if he wanted it.
“Are you sure about this, Simone?”
“Well, give me a call sometime and feel free to drop by.”
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.