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God still answers prayer



A young man had been to Wednesday night Bible Study.
The Pastor had shared about listening to God and obeying the
Lord's voice. The young man couldn't help but wonder, "Does
God still speak to people?"
After the service he went out with some friends for
coffee and pie and they discussed the message.
Several different ones talked about how God had led them
in different ways. It was about ten o'clock when the young man
started driving home. Sitting in his car, he just began to pray,
"God... If you still speak to people speak to me. I will listen.
I will do my best to obey."

As he drove down the main street of his town, he had the
strangest thought to stop and buy a gallon of milk. He shook
his head and said out loud, "God is that you?" He didn't get
a reply and started on toward home.

But again, the thought, buy a gallon of milk. The young man
thought about Samuel and how he didn't recognize the voice of
God, and how little Samuel ran to Eli. "Okay, God, in case that
is you, I will buy the milk."  It didn't seem like too hard a test of obedience.
He could always use the milk.  He stopped and purchased the gallon 
of milk and started off toward home.
As he passed Seventh Street, he again felt the urge, "Turn down that
street."  This is crazy he thought and drove on past the intersection.
Again, he felt that he should turn down Seventh Street.
At the next intersection, he turned back and headed down
Seventh. Half jokingly, he said out loud, "Okay, God, I will".
He drove several blocks, when suddenly, he felt like he
should stop. He pulled over to the curb and looked around.
He was in a semi-commercial area of town. It wasn't the best
but it wasn't the worst of neighborhoods either. The
businesses were closed and most of the houses looked
dark like the people were already in bed.
Again, he sensed something, "Go and give the milk to
the people in the house across the street." The young
man looked at the house. It was dark and it looked like the
people were either gone or they were already asleep. He started
to open the door and then sat back in the car seat.
"Lord, this is insane. Those people are asleep and if
I wake them up, they are going to be mad and I will look stupid."
Again, he felt like he should go and give the milk.
Finally, he opened the door, "Okay God, if this is you,
I will go to the door and I will give them the milk. If you
want me to look like a crazy person, okay. I want to be
obedient. I guess that will count for something but if
they don't answer right away, I am out of here.  "He walked
across the street and rang the bell. He could hear some
noise inside. A man's voice yelled out, "Who is it? What
do you want?"
Then the door opened before the young man could get away.
The man was standing there in his jeans and T-shirt. He
looked like he just got out of bed. He had a strange look on
his face and he didn't seem too happy to have some
stranger standing on his doorstep. "What is it?" The young
man thrust out the gallon of milk,
"Here, I brought this to you."
Then the man took the milk and rushed down a
hallway speaking loudly in Spanish. Then from
down the hall came a woman carrying the milk toward
the kitchen. The man was following her holding a baby.
The baby was crying. The man had tears streaming down
his face. The man began speaking and half crying, "We were
just praying. We had some big bills this month and we ran
out of money. We didn't have any milk for our baby. I was
just praying and asking God to show me how to get some milk.
" His wife in the kitchen yelled out, "I ask him to send
an Angel with some.  Are you an Angel?"  The young man
reached into his wallet and pulled out all the money
he had on him and put in the man's hand. He turned and
walked back toward his car and the tears were streaming down his 
face.
He knew that God still answers prayers.


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