“In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express.” Romans 8:26
The impression was clear, Pray! But what was she to pray about?
Kim was just finishing an errand of delivering breakfast and energy bars to some of the city’s homeless when she felt a clear call to prayer.
“But Lord,” she questioned, “What am I to pray about?” The only thought that came to her was, “Pray for these buildings!”
Again she questioned the impression, “This makes no sense. What am I to pray for these buildings?” And again there was no other thought than, “Pray for these buildings.”
So she parked her car in a parking lot next to a Perkins Restaurant, got out and started walking around a block of older brick business buildings, praying that God’s will and purposes be carried out through the buildings and their businesses.
After some time of walking and praying her way around the block, she returned to her car and left the area still questioning why she had felt that strong impression and what it meant.
Two or three years later Kim was contacted by a lady who she had worked with at a previous employment. This lady and her husband were starting a new business and were searching for a location to launch the business. All the locations they had found either were out of their price range or had already been leased out. Now they had finally found the one that fit their budget and needs. It was downtown by a Perkins Restaurant. You can guess what set of buildings it was in. The very ones Kim felt compelled to pray for.
Furthermore, they were wondering if Kim would be available to help them both in marketing the business and in the food prep for the day-to-day operation of their business.
As they worked and struggled to make a success of the business, many times they would recount how God had Kim pray over that building several years earlier. And not surprisingly, it would be prayer that would become a major part in keeping the business going.
(To be continued next month)