The Lord spoke to Manasseh. (2 Chron. 33:10)

I had often prayed, “God, I want to hear your voice,” but had only been met with silence. This changed when I was visiting churches in the Transkei of South Africa. The road I was on was in fairly good shape until I approached the top of the mountain. Due to heavy rains a large patch of the road had been washed away, and it was impassible. Putting my car in reverse I began backing down the mountain road since there was little room for me to turn my vehicle around. I was doing so well that that I decided to speed up. My foot pressed down on the accelerator. After traveling about one hundred feet, I heard a voice say, “Jim, stop!”

At first I thought it must have been one of the Xhosas yelling at me. However, they would never have called me “Jim.” Was someone playing a trick on me? I stopped the car to investigate. There was no one around. As I walked to the back of my car I noticed that one of the rear wheels was close to the edge of the road. If I had gone another foot my car would have cascaded down the mountain with me in it, probably ending my life. I am so thankful that God chose that moment to answer my prayers for Him to speak to me!

Take time to thank God for a time you experienced an answer to prayer.

Jim “Umf” Lo is a professor, cross-cultural leader, intercessor, and author of several books including Unholiness: Overcoming the Forces That Attack Your Soul (WPH).

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