Welcome to the Whyte House Family Spoken Novels podcast episode #247. Today we are reading chapter 17 of the novel “I Need Someone to Pray with Me” by Daniel Whyte III with Meriqua Whyte.
Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving. – Colossians 4:2
Apart from her job at Bervoski’s and church obligations, Roger filled up the rest of Aubrey’s waking hours.
“I’ll be by to pick you up at about 5:45,” Roger told her over the phone.
“Tonight’s Wednesday prayer meeting, Roger,” Aubrey reminded him. “I’d love to relax a little before church; plus, I have already eaten.”
“Be ready to go by 5:45.”
Roger turned up promptly at 5:45 and tooted his horn.
“I’ll try to be back to ride with you to the church,” Aubrey told Simone and her mother as she exited the front door.
“This had better be good,” Aubrey said to Roger with a smile.
“Mother Jamison, I don’t like this at all,” Simone said after Aubrey left. “Roger is jerking her around quite a bit. I am amazed she does not see that yet.”
“So you noticed that too?” Mother Jamison asked.
“I mean, it’s not that she doesn’t know she shouldn’t let him pull her around on a string like that. She hardly has any time to herself anymore. She caters to his every beck and call. This is really getting me upset,” Simone said.
“Don’t get worked up, Simone,” Mother Jamison said. “Let’s just pray that she does not make the same mistakes she made with Jamaal, and that she will take heed to the talk she gave the single ladies at the last meeting.”
“Okay,” Simone said reluctantly. “I just do not like how things are going between them.”
“Where are we going that’s so important that it couldn’t wait?” Aubrey asked.
“Can’t I take my girl out when I want to?” Roger said. “Or do I have to get her permission? Next, I guess I’m going to have to get your mother’s permission.”
Aubrey looked at him in surprise.
“I’m just asking, Roger. I don’t like going out just before prayer meetings unless it’s an emergency, and…”
“Well, consider this an emergency then,” Roger interrupted her.
“Just make sure I’m back at the church before seven,” Aubrey said quietly. “I hate being late for services.”
“I’ll get you there when you get there,” Roger replied.
Aubrey was taken aback at his abruptness. She went over in her mind the last time they spoke and the last time they went out. She could not place a finger on anything that took place that may have stirred such a change in him, but she was determined to have a pleasant time.
“Is everything on the up and up, Roger? You seem a little disturbed about something.”
“Me, disturbed about something? No, I never let anyone or anything disturb me,” Roger said, “but I can’t have my girl questioning me every time I decide to take her out.”
Aubrey managed a half smile. “I don’t recall questioning you every time you’ve wanted to take me out. I’ve just kindly reminded you that I have other obligations, and it would be thoughtful of you to consider my schedule when you make plans.”
“Well, Aubrey, you need to be ready to go whenever I want to take you out,” Roger said. “Any girl of mine has to be available when I am.”
Aubrey raised her eyebrows. “Do you plan on going to prayer meeting tonight? I haven’t seen you there on Wednesday nights unless I keep missing you.”
“Naw, all that praying is not that important. You pray when you need God, and for me, that’s not very often.”
Aubrey could not believe what she had just heard. She allowed those words to sink in before replying, choosing her response very carefully.
“Roger, the Bible says that, as Christians, we should pray without ceasing. I know you do believe in God because you come to church and have been coming for years now.”
“Yes, but I’ve had some questions lately.”
“What about? Maybe I can help you come up with some answers,” Aubrey said. “I’m no Bible scholar, but…”
“But the answer is, no. I’ll come up with my own answers,” Roger said curtly. “Look, Aubrey, I did not pick you up to have a Bible study. If I want one, I’ll go to church. Okay?”
“Okay,” Aubrey replied quietly.
Roger drove aimlessly around town before stopping at Billy Jr’s Bar-B-Q Pit Stop.
“Just wait here,” he said, slamming the car door shut.
Aubrey watched him stride into the restaurant. She kept her eyes on the door, glancing down once at her watch. It was 6:43.
This is unbelievable. This is just unbelievable. This new Roger is certainly a new Roger. He is starting to take over all the free time that I have. And on top of that, he does not see the importance of prayer. What have I gotten myself into? Aubrey thought.
Aubrey anxiously watched the customers go in and out. It was a busy evening. She was about to glance at her watch again when she saw Kelvin exit the restaurant with Keron hanging on his arm.
Well, I’ll be. She watched Keron give him a kiss on the cheek. I’ll put a stop to this, she thought, rolling the car window down.
“Hey, Kelvin!” Aubrey shouted, waving at him.
“Aubrey, what’s up?” Kelvin said as he approached her. “It’s been a while. How’s Simone? I have not heard from her nor seen her in a while.”
“She’s doing great!” Aubrey said. “Did you know she got the promotion at the bank?”
“Yes, she did tell me she had put in for the promotion. I need to call and congratulate her.”
Keron cleared her throat.
“Excuse me, Aubrey, this is Keron. Keron, this is Aubrey.”
“Pleased to meet you again, Keron,” Aubrey said.
“Who are you here with?” Kelvin asked.
“A friend named Roger. And here he comes,” Aubrey said, nodding her head in Roger’s direction. Roger had a brown bag in his hand.
“Oh, yeah. I met him a few days ago,” Kelvin said, greeting Roger. “Billy Jr. introduced us.”
Turning to Roger, Kelvin continued. “I didn’t know you knew Aubrey. She’s a good friend of mine. I won’t hold you two up any longer. I know you’re probably headed on out to prayer meeting on this Wednesday. You tell Simone I say ‘hello’ and tell her my number is the same.”
“I will,” Aubrey said. “Her number is the same also.”
“I hope that’s all he is—just a friend,” Roger said as he drove off, “because you are all mine.”
Although Aubrey pretended to laugh it off, she took note of how seriously Roger said those words. “I’m pretty sure you saw him with Keron. He and my friend, Simone, used to go together. Are we headed to the church now? We’re late as it is already.”
“As soon as I put some gas in the tank. Why are you so whiny?” Roger said. “I should have followed my instincts and left you alone.”
I wish you had, Aubrey thought.
While Roger went to pay for the gas, Aubrey’s hand brushed against the paper bag Roger had left on the seat between them.
The contents did not smell like Bar-B-Q, and curiosity got the better of Aubrey. She peeked into the bag and noticed a vial full of liquid, two syringes, and a plastic bag with some kind of powder.
Drugs, Aubrey immediately thought. She recognized it from her marriage with Jamaal. Aubrey quickly refolded the bag and pretended to be doing a touch-up on her make-up in the visor mirror. I don’t want to believe that I am another statistic, but why is it that I always somehow go for the same kind of man? It’s like I have a sign on my back that says, ‘I don’t want a good man; I want a drug addict.’
“Here,” Roger said, tossing a bottle of fruit juice at her. “I’m gonna head on to my place. We can hang out together there and get to know each other better.”
“No, Roger! You’re taking me to the church right now and I mean it. You know I came with you under the assumption that we would be back in time for prayer meeting,” Aubrey said adamantly. “And if you don’t take me there, this is the last time you’ll see me.”
Roger laid his hand on the bag and seemed to be thinking about what to say next.
“Okay, whatever you say. I had something special planned for us, but it can wait for another time…if I don’t share it with someone else.”
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.