So how does this prayer stuff work…really? How does God take our simple requests and make them a reality here down on earth? Recently I did a quick read on an incident that happened in a small town named Cokeville. In 1986 it was a ranching community of 550 people. A man and his wife had planned for years to take out the youth population of the community and in the process die themselves. It was a very short but disturbing story for me to read as the book was very detailed and I read only this chapter on this miracle. I want to remind you that it is not people that our emotions need to be directed to when we hear this stuff but Satan. He is the one at the very heart of the evil in our world. 1 Timothy 4:10, Ephesians 6:12 and 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 are good verses to read to understand beyond the here and now. So with the bombs that eventually went off and the destruction that hit that small town…the only people killed were the man and his wife, who thought they held all the cards. The story tells of the kids praying and God answering their prayers by the sending of angels to instruct and protect the kids. One quarter of the town’s population was held hostage in a school classroom. The chapter in the book tells of the amazing accounts of God being present to prepare this small town for the coming events that were later reported as a miracle. “They saved us. I said a prayer and they saved us.” was one small child’s account of the horrific event that shook that small town. “They” being God’s angels sent to protect us (It was later revealed that the children saw angels in the classroom who instructed, guided & protected them)…to God be the glory as He answers prayers. God is at work all the time and very involved with the things that affect us from seemingly small stuff to large scale stuff like this. “To say it was a miracle would be the understatement of the century, ” said bomb expert Richard Haskell…As I study prayer and especially strategic prayer, it encourages my heart to hear of the protective nature of God as He holds the whole world in His hands. He brings strength and courage when we need it but He also offers comfort, rest and encouragement. May this blog post bring both to you….for God’s glory!!