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God Answers Prayer: Jennifer’s Story

prayer partner is crucial

One of my favorite things to do here at Prayerfully Speaking is to encourage you with real stories of God answering prayers. Waiting on God is not easy work. Hearing how He has intervened in someone’s life gives us a fresh hope. Today I am SO excited to share my own testimony of how God is answering a few of the prayers I started praying in 2015.

Early last year, Lyn Smith and I began to pray together two times a week for God’s anointing on our recently published books. This was Lyn’s idea and I am thankful she approached me about doing it. I needed her leadership on this because honestly, I don’t think I would have done it otherwise. Without her, I doubt I would have crossed the hurdle from “should do it” to actually doing it. Our experience has taught me so much about the importance of a prayer partner.

prayer partner is crucial

Almost every Tuesday and Thursday, we talk on the phone about our needs and our dreams for Prayers for New Brides and Word: Psalm 119 – a Study in 22 Meditations and we pray. At one point, God inspired me to pray for “endless tidal waves of word of mouth that would lead to sales which and transformed lives and marriages.” Lyn and I have prayed for this consistently for months now.

One of my fervent prayers during 2015 was, “God, how do I connect my book to the movie, The War Room?” I  wholeheartedly believe that my book is a great supplement to the message of the movie. I talked to my publisher about what we could do to promote the book this way. I even worked on getting the book in the hands of the producers of the movie. I felt a lot of pressure about making this happen. It seemed like a enormous task and I was overwhelmed by it. You may not know this about me, but I’ve been known to complicate things when there is a very simple solution.

I watched the movie and loved it. It made me even more sure that my book would be a great read for someone who connected with the message of the movie. But I still didn’t know what to do. I just kept asking God to direct me. Then … suddenly while I was putting on my makeup … I knew what to do. God inspired me to write a blog post with prayers from my book that could be used in every wife’s war room. So I published 9 Prayers for Your War Room and my friends at iBelieve.com published too.

“For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.” Isaiah 43:19

I was thrilled that God directed my path very clearly. But, to be honest, it just seemed like this would be a small drip in the sea of blog posts. I wondered how this plan could result in a significant impact. I’m glad God is able to use a mustard seed sized faith.

Within a few weeks the blog post went viral on Pinterest! Ya’ll! What just happened?  I worked in marketing for years and never had success getting something to go viral. But God caused my simple blog post to be pinned or shared over 51,000 times (as of 01/08/16).

War Room Prayers Blog post goes viral

Those pins do not represent book sales — yet. But feel free to pray with me for that to happen! The great news is that so far 51,000 people have access to 9 prayers that will help them agree with God for their marriage. Just imagine the tidal wave of transformation happening for the ones who humbly prayed them.

Amazing God! Can you see “endless tidal waves of word of mouth” in those 51,000 pins? I sure do. As a result of this one article, several thousand people subscribed to my blog and/or began receiving Marriage Armor for the #PrayingBride daily prayers.

I have tried on my own to make that happen for months, … even years. But God, who is mighty in power reached into my life and used a few hundred words I had already written to impact the faith walk of all of these people.

I hope this doesn’t sound like bragging. It’s so obvious to me that I didn’t do this. God gave me plenty of time to try on my own to reach more people with my book and my blog. I was not able to do it. I wasn’t asking Him to do it either. I was focused on my own abilities and inabilities and proving myself. I was failing to “pray about everything“, even about a blog on prayer. Ultimately I was not humble enough or faith-filled enough to do it. I wasn’t intentionally avoiding praying about it. I was just not yet “awake” to the idea of it. “I once was blind, but now I see.”

God is so merciful. He is continuing to transform my heart, my faith is increasing and my prayers are changing. I’m learning to pray more often about more things.

Thanks for letting me share the beauty of this new level of humility and joy in my life. Thank you for rejoicing in God’s “more than we can ask or imagine” faithfulness with me.

I would love to hear how God has answered your prayers in 2015. Feel free to tell me in the comments of this post or email me.

Let’s Pray for Each Other

Would you join me in praying for God to stir up endless tidal waves of word of mouth about Prayers for New Brides that lead to sales, transformed lives and marriages?

What is your big prayer right now? Let me and the Prayerfully Speaking community pray for you? Tell us here in the comments section of this post.

Ministry Highlight

Have you heard of Heartfelt Ministries or Heart to Home by Dr. Joneal Kirby? This is a wonderful church-based ministry helping the younger wives and mothers to learn from the generations before them. I had the privilege of speaking at a few of local Heart to Home gatherings and I can’t recommend it enough.

I’m telling you today because I want you to check out the Heartfelt Conference, January 15 & 16 in West Monroe, Louisiana – just in case you live close enough to join us. The women of Duck Commander and Jeremy Camp are featured guests! Let me know if you are attending too. I don’t want to miss the chance to hug your neck!

About Jennifer O. White

I'm a simple wife who has discovered God's amazing gift of prayer. Here at Prayerfully Speaking I share my journey of unwrapping this gift. God invites us to ask Him, but His enemy works diligently to keep that from happening. I hope to offer you encouragement to believe God is ready to pour more into your life than you've ever imaged.

  • praying mom

    Please pray for my 16 year old son that he will follow truth and reject the lies he is believing. That he will be delivered from deception of the enemy. Also restoration for our family. Thank you.

  • Megan Autry

    Please pray for reconciliation for the marriage of my husband and I. Pray for trust to be restored and for God to rekindle a love for Him and each other in us that we have never had before. In Christ Name, Amen

  • Kathy

    I am praying for my marriage to be restored and for my husband to find God and stop his adultery and to come home and for my 19yr son to know the lord and to find his path in life. Amen

  • Nicole

    Please pray for my friend & I that the promises God made to us will come to pass in regards to the husbands God has for us <3

  • Leeanne

    My Fiancee and I are praying that God will bring the money and the means for us to travel to Guatemala on a missions trip this summer. We are traveling for 11 days with the intent of making a permanent move into full time ministry in the future.

  • Shantell

    I would love for your assistance in prayer that God sends the Man/Husband He designed for me. Pray that I let God lead me to the right place, right time and in the presence of the right person. Pray for a God led union for me!!

  • Michelle

    Please pray for the restoration of my marriage and family. That my husband give himself to the Lord 100%. That my husband become that godly husband and father he is being called to be. In Jesus Might Name. Amen!

    • Oh yes Michelle. I am agreeing with you in prayer for his total reliance on God and the faith of Elijah!

  • Noah Martinez

    Please pray for my daugther Britneys salvation. Deliver her from fthe enemy to to our lord and savior Jesus Christ . Heal heal her mind so she may believe in the word . Please pray this restores our family which has been under so much stress and torn apart these last few months.

    • Noah, I am agreeing in prayer with you. We serve a mighty God who is ABLE!

  • C. O

    please help me pray for my marriage to be restored and for my husband to find God and stop his adultery and to come home. he has since converted to islam yet he was once born again. he is currently living with another woman and we miss him so much.

    • Lord, I thank You that You are able to restore this marriage. I praise Your Holy name, the name that every demonic force has to bow down to. So I say that by Your mighty power, Jesus, that no weapon formed against this marriage will prosper. You are mighty to save. You are the Deliverer. You are the defender of this marriage. Let Your mighty wind blow and wake this spouse from his slumber. Let Your perfect love and truth prevail in this marriage. Draw him to Yourself Lord and help him to resist the enemy’s lies. In Jesus, I pray and believe Amen

  • Yolanda Evette Thomas Swain

    please pray thet my hubsand jeffrey swain would stop cheating with Shun Hall and come home and stop the divorce he been gone 7 months he act like he hates me and blames me for his cheating.

  • Abigail

    So encouraging! Thank you!

  • Melisa Hidalgo

    Please pray that I have enough money to pay the cab company money I owe them from previous weeks of transporting my child to school. I don’t have a car and we had to move back with my ex-husband after losing my job. My daughter attends a Catholic elementary school and at that point had been there for 5 years. I was very fortunate to find a company that is very small and so the same person takes my daughter all week. More than that was the level of kindness this company has always showed us. Making extra trips when my child forgot her lunch bag and not charging me, giving her birthday gifts, making my daughter feel comfortable in a situation she felt anything but comfortable with initially. The owner has allowed me to pay at the end of the week if I was low on cash or pay up to a week late without so much as asking me even once for the money, instead only graciously saying no worries. Recently, I came across even worse financial times and owed the cab $300 then on the same day found out that $160.00 payment my ex had made had not gone through meaning I owe $460.00 total. I am completely horrified and embarrassed that it’s now been 2 weeks and still I have not paid them. I have about $250 give or take as it was my daughters golden bday on May 11th and I had to get her at least a cake and today had to get groceries for dinner ad her school lunch. I have paid my neighbor only a small fee of $20 and he took her to school 2 days this week and my dad who refuses to help on an everyday basis even though he is retired agreed to take her 2 days because it was her bday one of those days. With that said it is currently 12:33 am and I don’t have a ride yet for my child because my neighbor is at te casino boat therefore I have not been able to ask him yet. In addition, there is truly no one else…she’s have to miss a day if he cannot take her. The cab company is the only one in our area that will take my daughter to school by herself all of the others make me go to and I work from home so that is not a realistic option for me. Even if by a miracle my dad said he would drive her for the 3 weeks left of school I would still have to pay the cab company. I have applied to payday loans an don’t have enough credit so was denied and already sold 4 bins of both my own clothing as well as my daughters to have some cash hence the $250. I am asking that anyone who reads this offer up as many prayers as possible in the hope to persuade God to help me in this situation. I know the cab company wants their money because the owner has texted me and called but I just keep saying I’ll get it to him not knowing what else to do. I have been physically almost shaking all week staying up all hours of the night trying to make $5 here and there online to earn enough to pay the cab. I understand no one is responsible for this mess but myself but I am desperate for Gods help and graciously ask for prayers on my behalf. Thank you kindly!

    • May our God reveal Himself to you and your family as your Faithful Provider. Ephesians 3:16 says “I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit.” I pray that you will be strengthened by God to hear His voice leading you. That You will know that He is available to you at all times and that He can be trusted to help you financially and in all ways. I pray that His angels would direct people to help you in ways that you know it was from God. Psalm 107:20 says “He sent out his word and healed them, snatching them from the door of death.” I know the power of His Word has saved me from desperate situations. May God pour out His Word and a love for it into your life – for the purpose of saving you from a life of desperation and helping you to enjoy the abundant life He secured for you on the cross.

  • Kayreen kufa

    Please pray for our income to increase as we need extra money.
    Thank you

    • I know that God has all that you need and I pray He will release it into your life. I pray that God will give you wisdom to see where to get it and inspire you to hope in Him for all things.

      • Kayreen kufa

        Thank you Jennifer
        Bleesings

  • jecy

    Beloved in the Lord Please pray for my 15 year old son that he will follow truth and reject
    the lies he is believing. That he will be delivered from deception of
    the enemy. Also restoration for me and our family. Thank you.