"If ye abide in me and my words abide in you,
ye shall ask what ye will and it shall be done unto you." John 15:7
After serving in our first church for twelve years, God moved us to Eastern North Carolina to serve in a small church in a farming community. We found it hard to adjust to the new customs of the "down-Easterners". After many months had gone by, my husband was invited back to our former church to help them celebrate Homecoming Day. I was thrilled at the thought of seeing old friends again and being able to visit with my parents.
I really wanted a new outfit to wear on that special day at our old church. Our finances would not stretch to allow that purchase so I just talked it over with my Lord. I prayed, "Lord, thank you for the opportunity to go back to Cherryville again. I sure would love to have a new dress to wear. You know how sparse my wardrobe is and I know you can make it possible for me to have something new for that occasion." I did not really ask Him to give me a new dress; I just expressed how much I would like to have one.
Several weeks went by and one afternoon the telephone rang. Two of the women of the church were on the line and they told me that God had told them to buy me new outfit with the extra money they had made tying tobacco that fall. They had already bought it and brought it home with them and they wanted me to come over and try it on to see if I liked it and if it would fit. I squealed my delight and told her that if God told them to buy it for me then I knew it would fit because He knew my size!
I was right. I put on that new brown knit suit, with a suede jacket and it fit to a "T". I did not have to hem it, take in the shoulders, or move any buttons. I felt that I was dressed in love when I wore my new suit on Homecoming Sunday. My God had taken care of my desires in a wonderful way.
He truly is interested even in the mundane everyday things in our life and when he promised "ask what you will and it shall be done unto you" He meant just what he said. Our problem with unanswered prayer is that we don't abide in Him and read and study His word before we come with our requests.