Jesus Did It!
"LORD - JUST ONE POLICY - PLEASE"
By: Don Williams
I have to share an experience with you that made me a believer of the power of prayer.
Since I moved, things have not been going well for me and my family. I moved here on a dream; was offered a job that turned out not to be as advertised, so I lost my job. I have been submitting my resume any and everywhere to try and find work. In the meantime I was contacted by every insurance agency around, wanting me to become a agent with them, all on a commission base. Now I am not against commission based work at all; however, in my position, not knowing anything about insurance - well, I felt I needed something a little more secure.
So I continued to search. I had three interviews with three different companies, and two of them I had follow-up interviews. I was sure one of them was going to offer me a position, but nothing. Running out of options, I went and talked to one of the insurance companies contacting me, as they had been the most persistent in trying to get me to work for them. I talked to the manager and I was interested in what she said -- again it was a commission based position, but the support they offered was really good.
So the first of April (after a month of trying to find a job) I decided to try it. I figured that it would at least be something to do until something better came along, but there was still hurdles to get over. I had to get my Insurance license, get a background check, etc. This cost me a total of about $200 (which I really didn't have), but I forked out the money and proceeded. I studied for a week, took the test and passed it, so I thought I could start selling, but I needed to get my writing number before I could start earning any money, which takes 7-10 days to receive after you pass your exam.
So I waited another 7-10 days, riding around with other agents just to get a feel of what they do, all the while hoping something better would come along -- still submitting my resume to any new jobs I found. Finally I receive my writing number. Now I was thinking I could start earning money, but then I found out I had to go to a week of "Sales School" where you learn about the products, and how to sell them.
I went to sales school and finished it, finally in the position to start earning some money. It was the last week of April, the 26 (Monday), 2010. I called 10 people trying to sell them insurance; no one was interested. I came home really worried about how I was going to pay rent. My wife said she put in a application to work nights cleaning a club house. I just couldn't let her do that, but I was running out of options. Coincidentally - one of the leaders from church had emailed me, but I never mentioned my struggles to anyone at church, because of my stupid pride. So he was just emailing some info about our bible study group.
But I started opening up to him about our financial struggles. He said he would pray for my wife and I, and he wanted me to keep him posted.
Tuesday was the same. I make phone calls -- garnering no sales interest at all.
Wednesday, my manager gave me a "bone." She set an appointment and said that if I went with her - and they bought anything - she would give me the commission on the sell.
I was $200 short on making rent and one policy sold would give me about $150, so I was really hoping I would sell a policy. Then I remembered what our pastor said in church the previous Sunday. He said that were a lot of non-believers out there, even in this church, so he challenged the church to pray to God for something specific and wait for a sign. He cautioned that we may not like the answer, or the sign God gives, but he guaranteed that we would get a sign from God.
The next morning I had one appointment to sell insurance and I needed to sell one policy to make it through the next month, so my wife said that we should pray for the selling of one policy from God.
We held hands and we prayed, "God, thank you for the gifts you have given us throughout our lives, but we are really struggling right now. I don't know if I made the right choices moving here, or signing up to sell insurance, but if you could see it right to help me sell one policy today at my appointment, so I can make the rent payment, I would be ever so grateful, and if not ... I will know and accept it."
Because of that prayer, I went from being completely broke on Wednesday -- needing $200 to make my rent by Friday -- to a $279 windfall, and the blessings continue!
I know ... had I not prayed ... none of this would have happened, as I did not have any prospects for sales at all.
I have told this story to my two bible study groups. I believe God has done this for me so I will be a vehicle of His true power, and through testimonies of this miracle is how I am to deliver the message. This is why I am writing this; it is my payment back to Him, for the blessing He provided for me.
Please believe! Pray for what you need and He will answer your prayers. It may not be the answer you want, but He will answer.
I have been struggling for the last two years, and I have prayed time and time again. I now see that He was listening, and He waited for the right time to answer. I believe He led me here to become closer to Him, as I was not a part of a local church before I moved, much less a bible study group. NOW - six hours on Sunday I devote to Him, through church and two bible study classes that we attend.
He will answer when HE feels the time is right, but He always listens. Make it a priority to always be thankful when you pray to Him. God sometimes will delay answering our prayers if we have a thankless attitude. Take the time to thank God for what you HAVE ... not focusing always on what you would LIKE to have. It's fine to tell Him what you would like ... but also tell Him you'll be thankful for what He gives you ... even if there is a delay in getting it from Him.
God's time is rarely our time. But God's time is ALWAYS the right time. Believing THAT is also very helpful in moving toward a more confident prayer life.
I hope my story is inspiring to you and you take it to heart. Don't stop praying and trusting God is listening ... and He WILL respond. Be patient, and be willing to make any changes He is asking you to make. Sometimes He either delays answering our prayers, or outright doesn't answer them the way we would like ... because He is trying to get our attention about one or more matters we may be unaware of.
Remember ... God knows what is best for each of us.
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died for sinners] shall be preached in all the world for a witness
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(Quote from Jesus Himself: Matthew 24:14).
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