In response to a devotional I emailed titled "The Prayer That Was Almost Answered," a lady wrote the following. She gave permission to share it to encourage others not to give up praying too soon.
"A friend of my college-age daughter called me early one morning. 'I know I'm going to lose your daughter as a friend,' she said, 'but I have to tell you that she is having an abortion this morning. It is scheduled for 7 a.m.'
"I began to pray. I called in to work to tell them I wouldn't be in and continued to pray until almost noon. At that time I cried and thought that the abortion was over and God had not answered my prayer.
"Around 4 pm--the time she usually got in from college--her boyfriend brought her home. He said she wasn't feeling very well and needed to lie down. He left right away.
"I confronted her immediately. 'I learned that you were going to have an abortion. I'm so sad for you.' She cried and I held her.
"She told me about the awful day. The procedure was scheduled for 7 a.m. They kept putting it off and doing other things. She thought she should just get up and get out of there, but at ten till noon, they finally took her in.
"Imagine that. I had stopped praying just a short while before noon. We did a lot of crying together."
However, that is not the end of the story. Today her daughter is a Christian, has a master's degree in counseling, and ministers to women.
Thank You, Jesus, for being the Great Redeemer. You can redeem any situation we give to You.
"But God will redeem my life from the grave; he will surely take me to himself" (Psalm 49:15).