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Here's a message that will bring you chills.

Have you ever felt the urge to pray for someone and then just put it on
a list and said, "I'll pray for them later?"

Or has anyone ever called you and said, "I need you to pray for me, I
have this need?"

Read the following story that was sent to me and may it change the way
that you may think about prayer and also the way you pray. You will be
blessed by this.

A missionary on furlough told this true story while visiting his home
church in Michigan.

"While serving at a small field hospital in Africa, every two weeks I
traveled by bicycle through the jungle to a nearby city for supplies.
This was a journey of two days and required camping overnight at the
halfway point. On one of these journeys, I arrived in the city where I
planned to collect money from a bank, purchase medicine, and supplies,
and then begin my two-day journey back to the field hospital.

Upon arrival in the city, I observed two men fighting, one of whom had
been injured. I treated him for his injuries and at the same time talked
to him about the Lord.

I then traveled two days, camping overnight, and arrived home without

Two weeks later I repeated my journey. Upon arriving in the city, I
was approached by the young man I had treated. He told me that he had
known I carried money and medicines. He said, 'Some friends and I
followed you into the jungle, knowing you would camp overnight. We
planned to kill you and take your money and drugs. But just as we were
about to move into your camp, we saw that you were surrounded by 26
armed guards.'

At this, I laughed and said that I was certainly all alone in that
jungle campsite. The young man pressed the point, however, and said,
'No, sir, I was not the only person to see the guards, my friends also
saw them, and we all counted them. It was because of those guards that
we were afraid and left you alone.'

At this point in the sermon, one of the men in the congregation jumped
to his feet and interrupted the missionary and asked if he could tell
him the exact day this happened.

The missionary told the congregation the date, and the man who
interrupted told him this story:

"On the night of your incident in Africa, it was morning here and I was
preparing to go play golf. I was about to putt when I felt the urge to
pray for you. In fact, the urging of the Lord was so strong, I called
men in this church to meet with me here in the sanctuary to pray for
you. Would all of those men who met with me on that day stand up?"

The men who had met together to pray that day stood up. The missionary
wasn't concerned with who they were, he was too busy counting how many
men he saw. There were 26.

This story is an incredible example of how the Spirit of the Lord moves
in mysterious ways. If you ever hear such prodding, go along with it.
Nothing is ever hurt by prayer except the gates of hell. I encourage
you to forward this to as many people as you know.

If we all take it to heart, we can turn this world toward God once
again. As the above true story clearly illustrates, "with God all
things are possible."

More importantly, how God hears and answers the prayers of the



Malachi 3:3 says: "He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver."

This verse puzzled some women in a Bible study and they wondered what this statement meant about the character and nature of God.

One of the women offered to find out the process of refining silver and get back to the group at their next Bible Study.

That week, the woman called a silversmith and made an appointment to watch him at work. She didn't mention anything about the reason for her interest beyond her curiosity about the process of refining silver.

As she watched the silversmith, he held a piece of silver over the fire and let it heat up. He explained that in refining silver, one needed to hold the silver in the middle of the fire where the flames were hottest as to burn away all the impurities.

The woman thought about God holding us in such a hot spot; then she thought again about the verse that says: "He sits as a refiner and purifier of silver." She asked the silversmith if it was true that he had to sit there in front of the fire the whole time the silver was being refined.

The man answered that yes, he not only had to sit there holding the silver, but he had to keep his eyes on the silver the entire time it was in the fire. If the silver was left a moment too long in the flames, it would be destroyed.

The woman was silent for a moment. Then she asked the silversmith, "How do you know when the silver is fully refined?"

He smiled at her and answered, "Oh, that's easy -- when I see my image in it"

If today you are feeling the heat of the fire, remember that God has his eye on you and will keep watching you until He sees His image in you.