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Desiring Someone’s Good


Written by Raymond Banner (1937-2022), an American pastor and Right to Life activist.

Prayer is expressed through various modes. There are petitions and intercessions; sometimes agony, tears, and fasting. I am especially intrigued by the prayer that comes wafting into our mind, that tugs at our heart as an inward desire to pray a particular blessing upon some individual, whether a loved one or a stranger. Often, we have no way to trace the efficacy of such prayers. But over the years I have occasionally discovered that such “inward desire” prayers for others have been answered in a definite way. I was reminded of one such incident when coming upon the March 8, 1988, entry in my journal. I was working at the Des Moines, Iowa post office. A number of weeks prior to the journal entry I had a quiet, easy, simple inward desire to pray for a woman that I knew only slightly upon seeing her working at a distance. My prayer desire was that she would seek and find God, supposing her to be a woman of the world and without any special interest in things spiritual. Several weeks later I happened to be working near her and heard her carrying on a conversation with a Christian man. She related that she had recently come to Christ, was attending church and attempting to read and understand the Bible.


Written by Leah DiPascal, a contemporary speaker and author.

Heavenly Father, thank You for answering my prayers and performing miracles in my life every day. Just the fact that I woke up this morning and can take a breath is a gift from You. Help me to never take my health and loved ones for granted. Help me to always stand in faith and keep my focus on You when unexpected circumstances arise. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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