One muggy afternoon in mid-summer, my husband accidentally locked the keys to our maroon Volvo in the car. We weren’t terribly worried, as he had a doctor’s appointment to attend to, giving the locksmith plenty of time to show up. Sure enough, once the doctor visit was over the truck arrived and the locksmith tried for about fifteen minutes (to no avail) to unlock the car. I was hot and tired, and had an appointment of my own to get to and I made the comment, “I’m going to pray for God to send us a car thief!”
Both men were more annoyed than amused by my comment, as I went to a pay phone (didn’t carry mobile phones back then) to alert the person I was scheduled to meet, that I would be late. As I was walking back, a Hispanic male about 23 years old walked up to them and said, “Are you trying to get into this car?” When they replied in the affirmative, he boasted, “Let me show you how we do this on the east side!” Within 30 seconds he had the door opened.
The locksmith was perturbed and embarrassed, so my husband quickly settled the bill with him and he was on his way. As we were about to drive off, our “rescuer” came up and asked very politely, “Did that guy actually charge you? Heck, I would have done it for you, just for the practice!”
As we drove off my husband looked at me smiling, knowing that I knew God had answered my specific prayer specifically. Half laughing and half irritated he said, “Don’t say a word; I know what you are thinking!” I kept silent, but inside I was rejoicing in what an awesome God we serve!
And when you are praying, do not use meaningless repetition as the Gentiles do, for they suppose that they will be heard for their many words. So do not be like them; for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him. (Matt. 6:7-8)