He will respond to the prayer of the destitute; he will
not despise their plea.
(Psalms 102 : 17)
Once when I was the visiting preacher in a church, the pastor's
wife invited me to the pastor's office. There the pastor
asked me to pray for a lady. "For what shall I pray?" I
asked. "Well, she wants to get married and she still hasn't
found an eligible person." "Ask her to come in," I said.
A single lady who was over 30 years old walked in. "Sister,
how long have you been praying for a husband?" I asked.
"For more than ten years," she answered. "Why hasn't God
answered your prayer for more than ten years?" I asked.
"What kind of husband have you been asking for?" She shrugged
her shoulders, "Well, that's up to God. God knows all."
"That's your mistake," I said. "God works through your request.
God is the eternal Source, but He works through your specific
requests. Do you really want me to pray for you?" "Yes."
"Okay, bring me some white paper and a pencil and sit down
in front of me."
She sat down and I began, "If you write down the answers
to my questions, I'll pray for you. Number one: Now you
really want a husband but what kind of husband do you want?
Asian, Caucasian, or Black?"
"Okay, Write it down. Now, number two: Do you want your
husband to be as tall as six feet or as short as five feet?"
"Oh, I want to have a tall husband."
"Write that down. Number three: Do you want your husband
to be slim and nice looking or just pleasantly plump?"
"I want him to be skinny."
"Write down skinny. Number four: What kind of hobby do you
want your husband to have?"
"Okay, write down musical. Nomber five: What kind of job
do you want your husband to have?"
"Okay, write down school teacher."
I went through ten points with her and then said, "Please
read aloud your list." So she read each point one through
ten aloud. Then I said, "Close your eyes. Can you see your
husband now?" "Yes, I can see him clearly." "Okay, let's
order him now. Until you see your husband clearly in your
imagination you cannot order specifically. If you are not
specific, how would you know when God would answer? You
must see him clearly before you begin to pray. In other
words, you must be specific in your request before you pray
because God does not answer vague prayers that you yourself
are not sure of."
So she knelt down and I laid my hands on her and prayed,
"Oh God, now she knows specifically what kind of husband
she would like. I see her husband by faith. You know her
husband. We order him in the name of Jesus Christ. Sister,
take this written paper to your home and paste it on a mirror.
Every evening before you go to sleep read those ten points
aloud, and every morning when you get up, read those ten
points aloud, and praise God for the answer."
One year passed and I returned to that area again. The wife
of the minister called me on the telephone. She said, "Pastor,
would you please come and have lunch with us?" "Of course
I will," I said. So I went to have lunch with them. As soon
as I arrived at the cafeteria she said, "Oh, she got married!
She got married!" "Who got marrried?" "Do
you remember that girl you prayed for? You asked her to
write down those ten points? She got married!" "Yes," I
said. "Now, I remember. What happened?"
That particular summer at the church a high school music
teacher came with a quartet staying in that church for a
one-week singing revival. He was a single man and all of
the young girls were crazy about him. They wanted to date
him, but this guy was nonchalant to the young girls. Yet
he was fascinated with the older single girl. He was always
hanging around her and before he left, he asked her to marry
him. Eventually she, not so reluctantly, gave her consent.
They got married in that church, and on their wedding day,
her mother took that paper written with the ten points and
read it publicly before the people and then tore it up.
It may sound like a fairy tale but it is true. It really
I want to remind you of one thing: God is within you. He
never works anything independently of you that concerns
your life. He wants to work through your thinking, your
faith and your clearly defined requests. So, whenever you
want to receive answers from the Lord, place a clear-cut
objective before Him specifically in prayer. Do not just
say, "Oh God, bless me, bless me!" Do you know how many
blessings the Bible has? There are 8,000 promises. If you
say, "Oh God, bless me," then God will ask you, "Out of
the 8,000 promises, what kind of blessing do you want?"
Though He knows your heart, the Bible says you must ask:
"Ask and it shall be given you..."(Matthew 7:7) and this
includes asking specifically. So be very definite. Take
out your notebook, write it down, and see it clearly.