(Editor’s Note: The following is an excerpt from the book The Intercession Chronicles, by Joseph Parker which is both an evangelism and discipleship tool about prayer. The book is meant to help strengthen a believer’s prayer life and set it on fire of the Holy Spirit. Scenes from the book regularly switch from earth to heaven. The characters are believers with the exception of Daniel and Isaac who are angels.)
“Uncle Jessie, I want a cat” said Lizzie, my 8 year old niece.
“Well, Lizzie, you need to talk to your Mom – and the Lord about you getting a cat,” I told her. I had been visiting with my sister Elaine, and her family for three days and really enjoyed talking with little Lizzie. Lizzie had only recently accepted Jesus into her heart as her Lord and Savior. And I saw how she seemed to have a great hunger for the Word of God. She was reading her Bible every day, faithfully reading her three chapters a day. And she was really learning how to pray.
“If your Mom says you can get one, the Lord has a lot of cats.”
“He does? Well, where does He keep ‘em?”
“Well, I suppose that He’s got lots of them in heaven” I replied.
“Okay. Well, I’m gonna ask Mom!” she said as she hurried out of the room.
“Mom,” Lizzie said to her Mother very enthusiastically. “Can I have a cat?”
“No, you may not. We don’t need a cat” said Lizzie’s Mom very firmly.
“Uncle Jessie said that he thinks God has a lot of cats in heaven” she responded very seriously.
“Oh he did, did he?” Elaine said with a slight smile on her face.
“No, we don’t need a cat.”
“Please, Mom. I would take good care of him. And you wouldn’t have to do anything for her” pleaded Lizzie.
“Lizzie, I tell you what. Uncle Jessie thinks the Lord has lots of cats in heaven. You can have one if the Lord sends you one” said Elaine. And with that Elaine assumed the matter was over.
Little did Elaine realize that her words simply fired up her daughter Lizzie. Lizzie left the room where her mother was and went and told Uncle Jessie “I’m going to pray for the Lord to send me a cat! Mom said I could have one if the Lord sent me one.”
“Well, Lizzie I’m going to pray and believe the Lord with you for one” replied Uncle Jessie.
Lizzie them marched out of the house and into the back yard, walked onto the back patio, and got down on her knees, and began to petition her heavenly Father – for a cat.
About ten minutes later Lizzie hurried back into the house. “Mom!” she shouted. “The Lord sent me a cat!” There in Lizzie’s arms was a pretty grey and white very frightened small kitten.
“Where did you get that cat?” shouted her mother.
“I was in the back yard and I had just finished praying for the Lord to give me a cat. Then all of a sudden, this kitten came flying from the sky and landed in the bushes! God sent me a cat from heaven and he answered me real fast!”
Elaine was speechless. And she was also very unhappy with herself for her words she had shared with her little Lizzie just a little while before.
“Daniel, what is your main assignment today?” asked Isaac.
“Well, my main task today is I am to deliver a cat to Lizzie, Jessie’s niece.”
“Do you know yet where you are going to get the cat?”
“I do indeed” responded Daniel with a smile.
Pastor Johnson, a retired pastor who lived in the neighborhood was a little frustrated. His cat had a litter of five kittens. However one of the little kittens seemed to be stuck up a small tree. A dog had frightened and chased the little grey and white kitten up a tree and Pastor Johnson could not get the little one down.
Well, an idea hit him. “I’ll take a rope, and tie it to a tree, tie the other end to my car bumper. Then I can slowly pull the car forward and bend the little tree down low enough to rescue the kitten.” Pastor Johnson said to himself “I am a genius!”
Pastor Johnson’s “bright” idea seemed to be working just fine – at first. He slowly pulled his car forward and the little tree did slowly bend down to a point where the little kitten could be reached. He then put his car in park and marched around to retrieve the little kitten.
His great plan seemed to be working fine. However, just before he reached the tree to rescue the kitten, the rope tied from his bumper to the tree – snapped! The little tree became a catapult, snapped back upright and the little kitten went sailing through the sky.
Pastor Johnson looked and looked – and could not find where the little kitten went. And that was that.
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