I apologize to all of my readers. I don’t know what it is about this week, but I haven’t had the day of the week correct in my head all week. Monday felt like Wednesday, so did Tuesday. Yesterday felt like Thursday. Blah…blah…blah. I just now remembered it was actually Thursday and that I hadn’t posted here with my Author Guest Post. 🙁 So please forgive me and help me welcome my guest for today.
Ada Brownell has been writing for Christian publications since age 15 and spent much of her life as a daily newspaper reporter. She has a B.S. degree in Mass Communications and worked most of her career at The Pueblo Chieftain in Colorado where she spent the last seven years as a medical writer. After moving to Springfield, MO in her retirement, she continues to freelance for Christian publications and write non-fiction and fiction books. She occasionally writes op-ed pieces for newspapers.
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WHAT PRAYER CAN DO
By Ada Brownell
I interviewed a supposed expert on rehabilitating child molesters and other criminals in our society. He told me the space training program was being used to help change the behavior of this sort of person.
“It has to do with observing what a person’s eyes follow,” the so-called expert said. “We train them to be aware of where their gaze goes, and to concentrate on seeing only the important things, and to avoid the potentially harmful.”
A person could be in that training for an extended period.
“So, when the training is complete that person is changed and won’t molest again?” I asked.
The expert paused and then said, “Well, we can hope.”
I was flabbergasted hope was all they had.
“I go to church with former wife beaters, and other guys I wouldn’t have wanted to meet in a dark alley before they became Christians,” I told him. “Now they’re wonderful men of God, great husbands, fathers, and outstanding members of society. I’m as comfortable in their presence as I would be with one of my brothers.”
Then I explained what happens when God intervenes in a person’s life and quoted this scripture: “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new” (2 Corinthians 5:17 KJ.)
In addition to being a newspaper reporter, I’ve spent years of my life as a freelance writer sharing testimonies of people who were changed the moment they confessed their sins, invited Jesus into their hearts and made a commitment to follow God and His Word. God intervened in their lives.
I compiled quite a few of the testimonies about lives changed for the better, along with other miracles, in my new book, What Prayer Can Do.
Some of the chapter titles: “The Meanest Man in Town. Crazy Charlie. Delinquent Delivered. From the Brink of Disaster. A Babe in Christ at 92. I Searched for the Supernatural. Jewish Psychiatrist Finds Jesus. God Made Eddie Over. The Woman Who Hated God.”
You’ll enjoy these amazing true stories about God’s miraculous intervention and answers to prayer reprinted from The Pentecostal Evangel.
More about What Prayer Can Do:
Ennis L. Surratt clutched the cool metal handle of his .45 pistol. Through the weeds he could see three men coming. He knew they would come near where he crouched because they would be coming after the barrel of whiskey that had disappeared from his still the night before.
When the men were only a few feet from the barrel, Ennis stepped out in front of the man who seemed to lead the way.
“You’re not taking this barrel,” Ennis growled, keeping his right hand next to the gun. “You stole it last night, and we’re going to settle it right here.”
He drew his gun and aimed it at the thief.
“Shoot!” the thief yelled as he whirled with his double-barreled shotgun.
An explosive charge sounded from the shotgun and Ennis fell to the ground. Pain surged through his neck and chest, and hot blood trickled from the wounds, but Ennis raised up on one knee and fired the pistol.
With a cry of anguish, the thief dropped the shotgun and fell into the weeds.
Ennis fell back again, and both men cursed and writhed with pain until they were taken to town for treatment. Ennis was filled with buckshot but not hurt seriously. The other fellow, however, was in serious condition.
Events like this were why the bootlegger became known as “the meanest man in town” and that caught the attention of two lady evangelists holding a tent revival there. The women decided if the meanest man in town would be changed by the power of God, there would be revival.
God reached down one night and struck Ennis upside the head like He did the Apostle Paul. Ennis changed so much he became a fiery gospel preacher that won not only many others to God, but his own children, who became ministers as well. One of his sons pastored the author’s church several years.
Read the story of Ennis Surratt and many other testimonies and truths in What Prayer Can Do, on sale now at http://ow.ly/9CEI30h4IdL