Fire Contained: Prayers Answered

“Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” Matthew 18:19-20

Yesterday, Linda, Debbie and I were taking a lunch break at Linda’s home in Tualatin. We had a great morning planning for The Encouraging Word ministry. All of a sudden, Linda asked, “Is that smoke?” We looked outside and saw smoke rising through the trees. We stepped outside into smoke-filled air with pieces of ash falling like snowflakes. We went upstairs for a better view to see if we could see flames. Linda called 911 while Debbie and I prayed. Fire trucks were already arriving and many more were on the way.

We could not see the fire, but we saw and smelled the smoke. As the smoke and ash increased we could hear the crackling of the fire. We prayed for the protection of the neighborhood and the firefighters. We reached out to family to join us in prayer. We went outside to talk to the fireman that was assessing the fire danger for Linda’s neighborhood. He could not be disturbed.

We went back inside. We saw a drone flying above the smoke and firefighters on the other side of Linda’s fence. We felt helpless because there was nothing we could do nor did we know exactly what was happening. All we could do was trust the Lord to answer our prayers.

Later in the evening, we found out that three acres of woods behind Linda’s house had burned. The terrain was so difficult to get water to the area that they had used a drone to see where to access it with smaller four-wheel-drive vehicles to shuttle water in. Finally, the fire was contained: God answered our prayers!

Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for Your protection. Thank You for hearing our prayers. When we find ourselves in helpless situations, we can find peace in knowing that You hear our prayers and are always in control! Thank You! In Your Son’s name, Amen!

Published by Tiffany C. Schwander

Tiffany has a Masters in Counseling Psychology from Pacific University and has been helping families for over 20 years. She and her husband, Mark, are raising their teenage twin sons to be strong in their faith and knowledgeable in the Word to strongly face life’s joys and trials. Tiffany has been Linda Colby’s associate teacher for the past three years in a national women’s ministry leading and guiding women and teens. Tiffany enjoys encouraging, teaching and counseling women and children into a closer relationship with Jesus as they study His Word.

4 thoughts on “Fire Contained: Prayers Answered

  1. Thank you for your ministry efforts, you are storing up treasures in Heaven!
    These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world. 1 Peter 1:7

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  2. I have been in a similar situation and know how frightening it is to have a fire so close to your home. Praise God for His provision of those wonderful and talented firefighters! He supplies all our needs when we open our hearts to Him. He will rescue us in the day of our distress. Life is hard, but God is Faithful. Blessings, Susan

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