My daughter’s very existence is an answer to prayer. I prayed in earnest for a child, and was blessed with her. She lives every day of her life with the distinction of being an answered prayer. I tell her that. I want her to know that she has a place in the grand design, that when in all things God works, she is one of the “all things.”
You are one of the “all things” too. Listening to that teenager when no one else would, was an answer to his silent prayer. The widow in the grocery store to whom you gave kindness, had wept through the night because she thought no one cared. The skills you lent to a friend, the smile you gave to a child, your laugh, your tears, your insight, your talent, your presence, your life, are “all things.” Sometimes you will know, because someone will tell you, but regardless, the things that make you uniquely you, are the things that answer the prayers of others. As you move through your day, you are leaving traces of grace in your wake.
Try thinking of yourself as an answered prayer. Don’t dismiss the gentle whisper nudging you to action. It may be the result of someone’s urgent prayer. God, in His sovereignty, may have chosen you to be the transponder through which His mercy is dispensed. You may have been chosen to play a role in the redemption story of another. You may be the one that makes Christ irresistible.
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28
But in my distress I cried out to the Lord; yes, I prayed to my God for help. He heard me from his sanctuary; my cry to him reached his ears. Psalm 18:6
May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word. 2 Thessalonians 2:16