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Child's Prayer of Faith

Child’s Prayer of faith
I had an experience as a young lad that is imprinted into my very soul. We were driving back from New Jersey from a drive thru zoo. It was an incredible experience that day. On our way home to New York City I heard a loud pop from the rear tire. Just then the car began to swirl as my dad was trying to keep it straight. To my right were the Palisades cliffs. The next thing I see is the car sliding toward the railings. My father screams, “Brace yourselves!” My mother screams, “Lord, have mercy on us!” At first I thought it was an amusement ride, but that quickly changed when I saw the side of the cliff as we slightly hit the railing. All I could do was cry out to God, “Dear Lord, protect us”. Just then a peace came over me. I closed my eyes as the car lifted up on the rear end. My father regained control of the car, crossed the road, and pulled over to a rest area. My mother was speechless. My Dad was crying to God. “Thank you, thank you.”
My father explained later as he walked around the car that the tire exploded. However, when we prayed, the rear end lifted up, and he was able to guide the car to the other side of the road, to a break down area. He explained in humility that he didn’t guide us to safety, but that the steering wheel turned on its own. I never forgot that day. I heard the explosion, I saw the side of the cliff, I felt the rear rise, and the next thing I know we were safe. Jesus tells us in Mark 10:15 “Verily I say unto you, whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein.” I didn’t understand this text until years later. A child has a simple but very trusting faith. If the Bible says it, he believes it. Too often as we become more educated in the sciences we become more empirical in our thinking and observations. We lose the eye of faith, and it turns more into the eye of physical scrutiny. Science has its place, and true science doesn’t conflict with the Creator of science and the Bible.
What happened to me that day was beyond empirical scrutiny; it was an issue that we pleaded with the Lord. We came to Him by faith, and the invisible God, the unseen Creator, came to us in a physical way to preserve us. I remember coming out of the car, and looking at the tire that was shredded to pieces. As we walked across the road to the railing, and saw the edges of the cliffs, God came to me and I realized beyond the shadow of any doubt, that He protected us. One of my favorite authors writes in the book called “Prayer”. “If we would come to Christ with the simplicity of a child coming to its earthly parents, and ask for the things that He has promised, believing that we receive them, we should have them.” Prayer p.98
May God bless your today as you come to Him by faith

Angel J. Rodriguez, D.Min

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j "For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11



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