Confident Faith in God Stories

STORY #4--Jesus Fulfills a Child's Request

    Posted by Klaus Issler on March 23, 2010

JESUS:     “If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples. . . . You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit — fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you.”    (John 15:7-18, 16 )

    And these answers to prayer show that God does care about the so-called “small” things of daily life.  As an example, here’s a moving account given to me by a doctor friend of mine:
Our daughter, Ashley who was probably about 10 years old at the time, had two parakeets.  One of them had just died.  She told her mother that she wanted to get another one so that she would have a couple again.  Mother, however, had had enough pets for the time being and told Ashley that we weren’t going to get another parakeet at this time.  Ashley, however, had a mind of her own.  She said that she was going to pray to God for another parakeet, which she did.  The next day, Ashley was playing outside with her friends when one of the kids saw that there was a bird in the tree.  They all knew that Ashley had just lost her pet.  It was a parakeet, the same color as the one she had just lost!  (To this point, no one could remember ever having found a parakeet in the neighborhood before—and this occurred just the next day.)  You can imagine her sense of triumph as she brought the bird home and announced that God had answered her prayer.
    My doctor friend shared the sense of utter surprise and awe that he and his wife experienced as Ashley brought a exact duplicate of her lost parakeet into the house the next day, carrying the bird on her finger!  Ponder something with us for a moment.  Stop and think about this for a moment.  How could an unbeliever explain this away?  It would stretch all credibility to claim that this was just a happy coincidence.  When was the last time you heard of a parakeet flying around in someone’s backyard, one which looked exactly like their deceased pet, one which came the very next day after their pet died, one which came the very next day after a family member specifically asked God for a new parakeet, and one which allowed a little girl to capture and bring it into the house! 

© J. P. Moreland and Klaus Issler, 2008.

In Search of a Confident Faith: Overcoming Barriers to Trusting in God, (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity), pp. 144-45.

“Ask and you will receive; everyone who asks, receives. This is the eternal law of the Kingdom. If you ask and receive not, it must be because there is something wrong or missing in the prayer. Let the Word and Spirit teach you to pray properly. But do not lose confidence He wants to give you, that everyone who asks, receives. . . . As a child has to prove a sum to be correct, so the proof that we have prayed correctly is our answer. If we ask and get no answer, it is because we have not learned to pray properly. . . .  Christ had good reasons for speaking so unconditionally. Be careful not to weaken the Word with human wisdom. . . . Lord! Teach me to pray.”

Andrew Murray (1828-1917),

With Christ in the School of Prayer,
(New Kensington, PA: Whittaker, House, 1981;
originally published  London: James Nisbet, 1887), 40, 44.
Dr. Klaus Issler