There sat the silver Camaro, nose down in 3 to 4 feet of water. The t-tops were removed and our daughter Brooke, and son, Jordan, were sitting on top, to stay out of the water. Water was up to the bottom of the dashboard. The looks on their faces, and the look on mine, was that of total dismay! In an effort to take a new shortcut home, they took a road that was cut out of the midst of some rice fields. This low spot had standing water that filled a dip in the road. Thinking it was only a few inches deep, they drove in, and submerged quickly. Fortunately, Brooke had the presence of mind to immediately turn off the engine, before it took in water. Now what were we going to do? I made a call for help. I called David Knox, a dear friend, who had helped me in many fixes. He took my call, came to the rescue, and helped me get the car out and home. He threw out a life-line and towed the car out of the water. My call was a request for help. His response was an answer to my request. The outcome was relief and joy for me, Brooke, and Jordan. To our pleasant surprise, there was not engine damage; only a musty smell that hung around in that car until the day we sold it!
Apostle Paul refers to a “call for help.” It’s called prayer! Here are his words to the Corinthian believers in 2 Corinthians 1:11. “And you are helping us by praying for us. Then many people will give thanks because God has graciously answered so many prayers for our safety.” That is exactly what prayer is. It’s a call for help. When you call on God for help, that prayer becomes the life-line through which God can send an answer. This is a great encouragement and reminder to always pray. When praying, be specific, be persistent, and pray with expectation. God can certainly move without our prayers. But, he has chosen to respond to the prayers of his people. For this reason, it’s time to “throw out the life-line!” Pray!