It was 1972 and we were pastoring a small church in Fort Sumner, NM. With the addition of twins, we
now had four small children, the oldest barely three years old and our car really was not big enough for
our growing family. Tom's brother sold cars in Texas. One day he called - he had found the car we
needed - a Dodge stationwagon, late model, low mileage, excellent vehicle - just right for our growing
Our income was small and it didn't seem possible we could afford such a car, yet his brother found a
way to get the payments down to something we could handle. So we took the car back to New Mexico.
There was just one problem - it had to be registered in New Mexico which meant paying sales taxes,
title transfer, etc. At the dealership they had estimated that cost and we had no idea where the money
would come from. We could only trust that God who had made a way for us to buy the car, would
provide this need also.
Time was rapidly running out on our temporary tags and the funds were nowhere in sight. In
desperation, I entered the church and spread the matter before the Lord. I had just been reading in
Isaiah 37 how King Hezekiah laid the Asyrians' letters upon the altar and said, "Alright Lord. Here it is.
What are you going to do about it?" Actually he said, "Behold their theatenings." It was a serious
matter. The Asyrians were conquering nations right and left and there seemed no way tiny Israel could
stand against them. The letters said, "Give up or we will destroy you."
God, who holds the destinies of nations in His hands, was not alarmed. He told Hezekiah, "They are
not belittling you, they are belittling me." You see the Asyrians told Israel, "The gods of these other
nations didn't protect them so don't think your god is going to protect you." Sometimes God just turns a
deaf ear when people start saying things like, "God is dead." But not this time. He told Hezekiah, "Just
stay out of the way - I'll take care of this." And He did. That night the angel of the Lord visited the
Asyrian camp and when he left, 185,000 men lay dead. The next morning, King Sennacherib packed
his bags and beat a hasty retreat to Nineveh. A short time later, he was worshiping in the temple of his
gods and was murdered by his own sons. The Bible says it plainly, "It is a fearful thing to fall in the
hands of the living God." Heb. 10:31.
As I prayed I felt impressed to call the tax office and confirm the amount of money we would have to
pay. To my delight, the sales tax on a vehicle in New Mexico was, at that time, about half what it was in
Texas. So we actually had the money we needed. The verse comes to my mind, "And it shall come to
pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear." Isa 65:24
In one church we attended, we wrote down our prayer requests and placed them all in a big jar. We
didn't try to pull them out and pray over them one at a time - we just laid hands on the jar and prayed
over them all. God can read you know.
So if you have needs unmet -- financial or otherwise - maybe it's time to just spread them on the altar
before the Lord and just see what He will do.