Prayer Stories with Excellent Outcomes
by Capazin Thornton
Today I am impressed to share a bit of my past and a few prayer stories with excellent outcomes.
For ten years, I worked as a paralegal in entertainment law. During that time, I rededicated my life to the Lord. I soon found myself praying for all the people in my world, which included many people in the entertainment community. From this community came many of my prayer stories.
One of my Facebook friends worked at the same law firm as me. She was an aspiring actress. Like many aspiring actors, she worked office jobs between screen calls and acting gigs.
The firm represented rock & roll artists, R&B artists, big-screen actors, television stars, singer-songwriters, and artist managers. It was common to see celebrities at the firm, City National Bank next door, or dining at Hamburger Hamlet, Mirabelle’s, or some other eatery along Sunset Boulevard.
On any given day, we might see Christopher Reeves, Jon Voight, Sidney Poitier, Debbie Reynolds, Cher, Billy Dee Williams, Marvin Gaye, Anthony Quinn, or Paul Newman.
Most of the celebrities we saw or interacted with were friendly and seemed amazingly normal. I found myself praying for all of them and believing God for some great prayer stories.
On one occasion, June and I were riding down Hollywood Boulevard when she saw Sammy Davis Jr. riding in the lane next to ours. June stuck her head out the window and shouted, “Sammy, Jesus loves you!” Sammy just smiled. Later we heard that Sammy received Christ. I don’t know if he’s tap-dancing in heaven, but I am sure he is happy as a lark.
For a while, our office was next door to the French Consulate. We evacuated the building from time to time because of bomb threats to the Consulate. That kind of environment encourages prayer.
It is amazing to pray for someone then later interface with others who were instrumental in bringing about salvation to that person. I’m thinking of the late actor Rock Hudson.
When I first heard the news that Rock Hudson had Aids, admittedly, I was indifferent. But I soon became overwhelmed with compassion for him.
One Sunday after church, I asked my friend Barbara to go to UCLA Hospital to visit Rock Hudson. When we got there, the nurse told us that he had gone home the day before.
At first, we rejoiced. But then we realized that Rock Hudson went home to die. Unable to get his home address, I asked God to surround him 24/7 with nurses who would pray for him and with him. Shortly after that, Rock Hudson died.
Months later, I went to a Norvel Hayes meeting in Santa Monica. During that meeting, Norvel said he heard prayer stories from people everywhere about how they had a burden to pray for Rock Hudson.
Norvel then introduced Toni. She was one of two nurses with Rock Hudson around the clock. Toni led Rock Hudson to Christ and prayed with him before he died.
Wow! Amazing grace!
Today, I pray passionately for people everywhere. I see people as either saved or potentially saved. So long as these people are alive, hope remains they will receive God’s generous gift of His Son and salvation and eternal life through Him. This exquisite offer is available to everyone. Exclusive, yet all-inclusive!
What an extraordinary privilege we have to work with the Lord to open people’s eyes and turn them from darkness to the Light. The reward is eternal.
Do you have any prayer stories with excellent outcomes you can share? Please do.