Welcome to the Whyte House Family Spoken Novels podcast episode #259. Today we are reading chapter 29 of the novel “I Need Someone to Pray with Me” by Daniel Whyte III with Meriqua Whyte.
A few days later, Quintin voiced his thoughts to Aubrey. “I believe the patient in the next room is Roger. His eyes were closed and his head was bandaged except for his face. Why don’t you come with me, Aubrey, and see if it’s him. I vaguely recall what he looks like. You should be able to tell better than I can.”
Quintin’s suspicions were confirmed. It was Roger. His eyes were opened when they arrived in the room.
“Roger, it’s so good to see you again. Don’t try to talk,” Quintin said.
“How are you, Roger?” Aubrey asked. She laid a hand on his arm. “Just relax and continue to get your rest.”
Noticing the fear in his eyes and the tenseness in his face, Quintin said, “We just came by to pray with you.”
After they prayed Aubrey said, “Your parents are worried about you. I know they will be glad to finally know where you are. Kelvin and Keron are doing well.”
Quintin’s mind was already racing ahead. This fellow is going to need a lawyer. I’ll see if I can find him a good one to get him out of this mess. Even though it was late in the evening, Quintin and Aubrey visited Keron to let her know Roger was alive. They returned to the hospital with her. On seeing Roger, the reality of what had happened suddenly hit her. “I’m sorry! I’m sorry!” she kept saying over and over as she broke crying hysterically.
Aubrey hugged her until she quieted down. “It’s going to work out. We all make mistakes.”
Quintin was touched at the genuine care Aubrey showed towards Keron. Keron, not used to getting such a show of love, just cried some more.
“Let’s go outside, Keron. The fresh air will do you good,” Aubrey told her.
Meanwhile, Quintin said goodbye to Roger. “I’ll work on getting you a good lawyer. You’re going to need one.”
After dropping Keron off at her house and assuring her that she was not in any trouble with the law, Aubrey and Quintin headed for the Hawthorne’s residence.
“Thank you so much, Quintin, and you’re right, we have to let the police know as soon as possible. I’ll definitely be calling your lawyer friend,” Mr. Hawthorne said before he and his wife left for the hospital. “Let me go see what explanation my son has for all this mess he got himself into.”
“That’s just like Mr. Hawthorne,” Aubrey said as Quintin drove her home. “He’s always been a no-nonsense type of person.”
“I’m a no nonsense person, too,” Quintin said, “So how about lunch tomorrow at twelve, if your schedule permits?”
“Sure,” Aubrey said without hesitation.
Quintin Rodney soon became a regular visitor of Mt. Salem United Methodist Church and also a regular Sunday dinner guest of Mother Jamison. He and Aubrey spent more time together dining at restaurants, visiting museums, and enjoying their nights out at movies or plays.
“I try to expand my mind,” he shared with her as they took their seats at the Civic Center to enjoy an evening listening to a classical music presentation.
On one of their outings, Aubrey asked the question that had been on her heart: “Quintin, maybe you can answer this question. Obviously you seem to have a handle on prayer. You pray just about every time we get together and I have never sensed you doing it to try to impress me. My friends seem to have a handle on prayer, too. Why is it that I’m the only one who seems to be struggling with prayer?”
Quintin smiled. “I still struggle with it. I believe all Christians struggle with prayer.”
“Oh, yes. I don’t feel like praying most of the time. And if I followed my feelings, I would not pray most of the time, if at all. But I have found out it is best for me to pray whether I feel like it or not.”
“So, in a sense, you force yourself to pray?” Aubrey asked.
“You could say that. When I do pray the Holy Spirit does something within me. I respond better to people; my thinking is clearer; I become more solution-oriented; I have a better attitude about things.”
“I can’t imagine you not having a good attitude,” Aubrey said with a smile.
“Believe me when I tell you that my attitude was not the best. In fact, in my younger days, I had the worst attitude a teenager could have. I would chew people up in a heartbeat. I had no time for those I considered ‘small people.’ I was just full of myself.”
“What happened? I believe it’s more than prayer that made you change or at least learn to control your attitude,” Aubrey asked.
Quintin laughed. “Very insightful. I grew up in a Christian home, but somehow Christianity never rubbed off on me. My friends and what they had to say were more important to me than my parents’ Bible teachings.”
Aubrey’s eyes opened in disbelief.
“I know it’s hard to believe, but it’s true. One day I decided to steal this pair of sneakers from the store. I didn’t need it and I definitely did not need to steal it. We could more than afford to purchase a pair of sneakers. I just loved the thrill of getting over on the store people. Little did I know, the cashier was a young lady who attended our church and she recognized me as I was running off with the sneakers. She told my parents about my theft, and my father reported it to the police. He took me down to the police station and made them put me in jail. I spent five days in jail. I was terrified, but that was the best thing my father could have done.”
Aubrey could not imagine this clean-shaven, well-dressed gentleman as a rebellious teenager behind bars.
“I was in jail with some grown men—tough and rough-looking men. I was scared—scared enough to say, ‘No way was I visiting that place anymore.’ Anyway, to make a long story short, after I got out, I committed my life to Christ and I was the most obedient and the most respectful teenager on the face of the earth.”
Aubrey was unsuccessful in stifling her laugh.
“It’s okay to laugh at me,” Quintin said with a chuckle. “I laugh at my stupidity sometimes when I think about it. But that experience marked the turning point in my life. That’s what led me to go into law.”
Aubrey waited for Quintin to unfold the rest of his story.
“The future plight of those rough-looking men would not leave my mind. For one thing, they could not afford a lawyer. They were sitting there wasting their lives. Some told me they were innocent of the crime they were placed there for, but had to serve the time because they nor their family could afford a lawyer. One gentleman broke down crying as he told me he had a son about my age who had grown up without him being in his life. That really touched my heart.”
Aubrey felt the compassion in his voice for those people who had briefly crossed his path.
“Even though some of them were hardened criminals, I saw most still had a heart. Many of them told me, ‘son, we don’t want to see you in here again. You do not belong in here. Go out and do something great with your life and make us proud of you.'”
Smiling, he continued. “That’s when I told God I would serve Him the rest of my life when I got out. I also told him if I became a successful lawyer, I would dedicate my practice to helping those I once considered ‘small people.’ God has done His part; I have to do my part. I guess that’s one of the reasons I pray so much—to show God appreciation for all He has done for me. To answer your question, you’re not the only one struggling with prayer. Prayer is warfare because, when you pray, you’re not only praying to God, but you are praying against the devil,” he said.
“I’m curious,” Aubrey said, “where did you learn to pray as much as you do?”
“My parents,” Quintin said. “I sure hope you get to meet them soon.”
“I’d love to meet them, too,” Aubrey said. Then she continued, “You seem to have some mixed blood in you. I mean you’re not fully white nor are you fully black, and you are definitely not Spanish.”
“I have an interesting family line,” Quintin said. “My grandfather, who I am named after, is of Middle Eastern descent. He came to America to flee persecution from his Muslim parents because he started to show some interest in Christianity. He began questioning some of the Muslim teachings. A friend of his stumbled upon a Bible left by some missionaries who spent some time in Saudi Arabia but who had to flee when persecution against them heightened. The friend, well educated and fluent in English, began reading the Bible in secret. He would share his findings with my grandfather. The more the true God was revealed to them the more they questioned the teachings of Islam. Both were warned about questioning the Muslim faith, but neither took heed to the warnings. To make a long story short, they heard through a little bird that there was a death sentence on their life.
“Both my grandfather and his friend planned how to escape this death sentence. Back then, they would be stoned if they rejected their Muslim teachings for the teachings of Christianity. The night they were to run away, they got caught and they were stoned. Grandfather’s friend died, but Grandfather said that his friend died calling upon Jesus.”
“Amen,” Aubrey whispered.
“Miraculously, Grandfather survived. The crowd, including his parents, left him for dead; but a secret believer who was planning on burying them noticed that Grandfather was still alive. He made plans to fly him to the US. The plan to get him to America was a success, and Grandfather dedicated the rest of his life to sharing the Gospel with everyone—especially with Muslims.
“That is very interesting,” Aubrey said. “Now back to my original question, Where do you come in?”
Quintin chuckled. “I’ll tell you part two later over dinner on Saturday.”
Aubrey graciously accepted his invitation but under one condition: that he would be the guest speaker at the Restoration Reset Ministry meeting that Saturday morning.
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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.