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FAMILY FAITH:Pray and He will intervene

May 26, 2007|By KIMBERLIE ZAKARIAN

Have you ever experienced the divine protection of God? Most of us as Christians would acknowledge that we have, at one time or another. Can you look back on a specific moment where you were in physical danger and you prayed and God intervened? Maybe it wasn't a miracle, but you knew God had answered prayer and protected you.

I recall one such event. It was before I was married. I was driving home from the beach with a girlfriend from church. We had spent the evening at Manhattan Beach having dinner. As we drove home, north on the 405 Freeway, I looked in my rear-view mirror and noticed a large amount of traffic for a Saturday evening. I even made a comment to her regarding the large amount of cars that night. We were driving in the fast lane.

All of a sudden, about 20 yards in front of us in our lane I saw, of all things, a grocery cart on its side. My immediate reaction was to pray, "Jesus help us!" aloud. This was my wise move. My unwise move was to swerve across three lanes of traffic. But once we arrived safely in the slow lane, we were able to thank God as we realized something: There had been no traffic when we swerved across those lanes. In fact, the traffic I had seen earlier should have been exactly where I had just swerved. Instead, there were zero cars as I made that hasty maneuver.

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Skeptics, you may explain this any way you like. I am convinced God answered my prayer. Either way, we were safe, I had prayed, and the Lord had protected us. The Bible is filled with such instances.

Think of David and Goliath. God not only protected David from a man much larger than he, God also gave David the victory (I Samuel 17). He protected the Israelites on their long journey out of Egypt, "He protected us on our entire journey and among all nations through which we traveled. And the Lord drove out before us all the nations, including the Amorites, who lived in the land." (Joshua 24:17-18). And God protected Jesus from harm until the appointed time of his crucifixion — to fulfill His will for man's redemption.

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