I have a friend whose family lives a rich prayer life every day. They pray over their children and grandchildren each morning … pray for safety when one of their kids is out driving in the rain … sit quietly with God and let Him plan their day … ask God to remind them of important tasks … and ask Him for what they need. This includes asking for help in finding lost items, like car keys and wallets.
Recently, my friend told me her son-in-law had lost his keys. He was in a panic and she calmly said, “We’re going to stop and ask God to show us where the keys are.”
He seemed to wonder whether God would really help retrieving lost items. He had already looked everywhere and the keys were nowhere to be found.
She shared with him a story I had experienced several years before. I was setting up a PowerPoint presentation for a guest speaker who came to teach a healing seminar at our church. She had handed me her thumb drive and I took great care to place it in the computer and test it in advance.
I was called to the front of the building to help with an issue. When I returned only a few minutes before the class was to start, the thumb drive was gone.
I’m pretty sure I stopped breathing. Quietly, without wanting to alarm the guest teacher, I alerted a few of my associates and asked that they help me search for the missing thumb drive. I ran upstairs, downstairs, retracing my steps from the entire day. I looked in every crevice, drawer, under chair cushions, in the restroom. The tiny electronic device was nowhere.
We double-checked the area around the computer. Several of my friends agreed with me: It is not anywhere in this room, let alone in the computer where I left it.
The teacher arrived to form a prayer circle. I was just about to break the horrifying news to her when I glanced back at the computer.
The thumb drive was right where I had left it.
It had not been there only a few minutes before, as my friends had confirmed.
I signaled to them and we all sighed quiet prayers of thanksgiving. I don’t know where the thumb drive had gone but I have no doubt an angel brought it back. That healing seminar was life-changing for many people, including me, in ways I had not expected. I know the enemy wanted to shut it down. But we asked and God answered. He retrieved our missing thumb drive.
After my friend had shared this story with her son-in-law, he went back to the place where he had last seen his keys. They were there! God had retrieved them.
There is so much God will do for us if we will just ask Him and trust Him. He wants to be intimately involved in every detail of our lives. Why? Because He loves us. He is interested in us. He wants to spend every hour of every day with us.
“’Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.'” – Matthew 7:7-8 (NKJV)