The words stand out on my website stat’s page, like a blinking neon sign.
Someone keyed their heart’s prayer into an internet search engine and wound up on my website.
I don’t know who this person is. They didn’t leave a comment. I don’t know their name or contact information. I don’t know if they found any of the answers they were looking for in my website content.
But I do know they are hurting and grieving. Although I cannot hear their voice, I can sense the desperation of their prayer in the words they’ve typed…words that I have cried out to God while going thru divorce, myself.
Although I know nothing of the circumstances of their divorce, I can sense their heart-break and despair…their longing for all to be “as it should be” rather than as it is.
So, I bow my head and take this request before my Father, asking Him to give this person encouragement, strength and wisdom both for the moment and for the road ahead. I ask Him to lead them in the paths of righteousness, for His namesake, even as they walk thru this valley of the shadow of death.
On average, I see about one search term query per day appearing to be someone either going thru divorce themself or hoping to encourage a friend going thru divorce. Each time, I am reminded of how that feels. Each time, I stop to ask my Father to encourage and strengthen this person, to use this experience to draw them closer to Himself, and to bring about His plans for their life.
Yes, I could view these as random events of search strings, google query stat’s, and my blogging topics that produced predictable results.
But, when I see a query string like this, I know…I just know. That wasn’t just a search…that was a heartfelt prayer. And they didn’t land on my site as just a random coincidence…it was ordained of God.
Why? Why did God, in answer to their prayer, direct them to my website?
Maybe so He could speak to them thru some of my blog content…or maybe so they could have another prayer intercessor who understands their pain.
I had no thought, when I started this blog, that God would use it to lead me into intercessory prayer for people I’ve never met.
But he has.
What cues does God use to prompt you to pray for others?