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E-vangie Tales #29 McPrayer

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Sometimes a simple prayer may be the best witness…

Nettie had a sad, somewhat grumpy face as I picked up the egg, bacon and cheese biscuit from the drive-thru window at McDonald’s. I wanted to encourage her a little and find out if there was a way I could lift her spirits. “How are you today?” I asked.

She said nothing and gave me a frown.

Not knowing exactly what to say, I said something like, “Are you happy to be at work today?” (Of course she wasn’t happy to be at work! Remember, I didn’t know exactly what to say…so please, just keep on reading.)

She replied, “I had to be here at six this morning.”

“Oh. That’s pretty early,” I said with genuine concern. Still wondering what I could use as a hook to transition into a short spiritual antidote for her depressed condition, I received a bit of inspiration and asked, “Do you have anything to hope in today? Something to give you hope?”

Nettie thought about it a little then declared, “I have my driver’s test today!”

“How old are you?”

“Nineteen,” she said, handing me the bag with the biscuit.

“Can I pray for your driver’s test?”

Nettie turned her back to get another order and didn’t answer my question.

“If you want me to pray, you have to stay right here,” I said gently. She stayed.

I began praying, “Lord, I ask that you would bless Nettie today on her driver’s test and allow her to pass it. In Jesus’ name, Amen. I hope you do well. I want to find out how you did, okay?”

“Okay.”

I checked back a few days later to find out how it went and found that the Lord did indeed answer my prayer. He said no.

Nettie didn’t pass.

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