I prayed for a surprise

I’m anticipating a major lifestyle change soon (go ahead mom, you can cringe) and to make it happen I need extra financial stability. In addition to my normal prayers, I decided to pray every single day for one month, as often as I could throughout the day, for money. Not tax return money. Not rebate gift cards. Cold, hard, cash from nowhere. I wanted a check in the mail. I wanted a miracle.

So on January 22, 2010, I started praying. I’ve had prayers answered before and I know God wants to give us the things we desire, but it was still hard to ask for money. Especially (and thankfully) because I’m not in a desperate need. Nonetheless, I prayed.

The following Sunday I tithed at church. It was more than I had ever given, mostly because I never have a lot of cash and that seems like a good excuse. I purposely brought my checkbook and gave $50, which isn’t chump change to me but it didn’t kill me either. I folded the check and prayed as I put it in the offering plate.

I prayed every day. I prayed first thing in the morning and gave thanks, then I discussed with Him why I need the financial cushion. I looked at my bank account throughout the day and visualized it showing more. I prayed when I heard someone talking about money; I prayed when certain songs reminded me to.

My one-month quickly dwindled without any major changes. Even worse, I received much less in this tax return than in past years. With only days left I reminded myself that praying this steadily wasn’t testing God, I was testing myself. I was glad that although I hadn’t received anything tangible, I followed through hardcore on a commitment. And even if no changes occurred, I hadn’t lost anything. In fact, I now understood how to pray relentlessly.

On Tuesday evening I walked in the house and saw the stack of mail Roommate John brought in. I shuffled through the envelopes while contemplating the dinner I was about to make.

It finally arrived with five hours to spare.

A surprise reimbursement check from escrow (still don’t know what that is) on my house! The amount was nearly 10 times the amount I gave at church. I just sat there, staring at the check, when I realized the date: February 22. I knew it!

I’m sure some people could discredit my surprise blessing. They could say reimbursements happen during this time every year, but I didn’t know that. I simply asked. If we knew for a fact that our prayers would be answered, how much more diligently and seriously would we pray? And if we’re constantly looking for blessings, how many more would we see?


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Learning to give more and spend less, one day at a time
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9 Responses to I prayed for a surprise

  1. Melody says:

    I love it! I’m so proud of you and I’m happy to watch you fulfill your dreams! Keep praying, girl. He’ll always come through…

  2. Taz says:

    I think this by far is my favorite blog from you. Thank you for being a blessing to me.

  3. jennib85 says:

    I’m glad you liked it 🙂 I told Him the first day that if I did receive something I’d make sure to tell as many people as I could. So this is my outlet!

  4. gina says:

    first of all – i like your new background. is that daytona beach up there? it made me miss the beach. : )
    praying without ceasing is difficult! Praise the Lord for being faithful!

  5. Sherrie says:

    Amen Sister… daughter! I would never cringe at your dreams Jenni, you know me better than that, just want what’s best for you. All I know (and all that matters) is that you’re in good hands, His.

    I love you , Jenni! ~ Mom

  6. Leila says:

    Very nice Jenni! I very much enjoyed reading this post. And congratulations on the windfall!

  7. Rizalenio says:

    Oh wow. An answered prayers. This is very inspiring.

  8. gramma says:

    Being faithful and unceasing. His wish is to give us happiness (and all that we NEED, not want. He knows best. I’m very proud of you Jen – to [pray without ceasing, even though you didn’t see any changes. You found out something, too. To pray relentlessly, for whatever He gives you – .. Amen

  9. Mel B says:


    Awesome word. Thanks for the encouragement too. Just remember to P.U.S.H. (Pray Until Something Happens)

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