“On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side.” And leaving the crowd behind, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. Other boats were with him. A great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that the boat was already being swamped. But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they woke him up and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” He woke up and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” Then the wind ceased, and there was a dead calm. He said to them, “Why are you afraid? Have you still no faith?” And they were filled with great awe and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?” -Mark 4:35-41
Thanks for praying about the wind and fire situation for my friends in NPJT. After I left the village on Tuesday, as soon as I could get signal on my phone again, I called other people to ask them to pray. When I got home, there was no way to get in contact with my friends in NPJT as the mobile phone reception had gone out. So that was when I posted about the crazy wind and asked people to pray about the advancing fire.
Meanwhile, once my friends arrived back at their house, they went to see where the fire was at and assess the situation. The people who live in the house nearest the approaching fire were quite concerned and weren’t sure what to do. But then the wind changed direction! In the end, the wind sent the fire away from the house and down into an uninhabited valley, where it eventually fizzled out! Praise God! This was a very clear answer to prayer!
I remember reading something somewhere once about prayer and one of the reasons as to why we pray and ask God for specific things as a part of our prayers. [I wish I could be more specific about my source but that’s just about as good as I can do right now – my apologies.] Anyhow, the thought from whoever this person was went something along the lines of this: “If we don’t pray for something, we miss out on the joy of knowing that we asked our Father in Heaven for something and that He answered us.” So my point is that it may have been possible that the Lord would’ve diverted the fire and made it go out on its own without us praying BUT there is such joy in knowing that we prayed for the Lord’s help in this dire situation and HE ANSWERED! Thank you Lord!