Our congregation is one of several that helps a shelter for the less fortunate. Besides volunteering to cook and serve meals, we give stuff. About a month ago, it was decided that we would collect toothbrushes, shavers, shaving cream, deodorant, shampoo and conditioner etc. Several boxes were collected last Sunday and on Tuesday our Pastor decided that he had time to take it in to "The Bridge."
The Bridge closes for an hour each afternoon while the staff gather to pray for the homeless people they serve. As it happened, our Pastor pulled into the ally just when they were closed. He tried the door and it was locked. He walked around the building and looked in a window. He could see the staff gathered around a table with their heads bowed. It's not a great area of town and he didn't want to leave the car alone in the ally so he tapped on the window and interrupted the workers. Indicating he wanted to meet them at the back door he went around back again and when they opened the door, Pastor D. said that he had some donated stuff for them. He said it included several boxes and could a couple of them come out and help.
As he opened the trunk of the car, D. looked up to see the workers staring at each other with wide smiles on their faces. The explanation?
"We were in their praying, just now, asking God for help because we are all out of toothbrushes and shavers and shampoo."
The Bible gives several examples of God beginning the preparation to answer our prayers before we have even begun to ask. He knows what we need before we even know what we're going to need.
For those who are not yet saved, preparation to provide for our needs includes Jesus dying for us while we are still His enemies.
One day, it may be you who sees your need for a Saviour; a need for which God has already provided the solution.