I wanted to share something really cool that happened to me earlier this week. As some of you may know, my husband recently found work after several months of searching.
In fact, he found two jobs. Unfortunately, both positions are temporary so we have already started planning our next steps. Step one: reactivate my husband’s CPA license.
I spent many, many hours on the phone calling all over the place trying to figure out how it could be done. When I finally reached the bottom line, I was slightly discouraged.
In order to reactivate his CPA, my husband would have to take 80hrs of CPE training. To compound matters, his license is in TN, one of only a few states that doesn’t accept self study courses.
So now, my poor hubby, who’s already working 70+ hour weeks, had 80hrs of class work to look forward to as soon as things calm down. Plus, we had no idea how much these courses would cost.
There was one ray of hope: the second job my husband took was at H&R Block and as a prerequisite for being hired, he had to take a 75hr long tax course. After being hired, he took several more hours of training.
Eagerly hoping all that work would count for something, I called to find out if these CPEs qualified. The reply was “Only if they were taken live in a classroom.” Unfortunately, his 75hr long course was a mix of live and self study, so I didn’t know what if any of it would count. All the other training he took was self study.
Nevertheless, I got together all my husband’s recent certificates and found four that looked promising. After going through the criteria, I calculated that best case scenario 61hrs would qualify. Worst case, only 4hrs.
As I sat in front of my computer, preparing to send the certificates, I began to pray for those 61hrs. But something stopped me.
I’ve been thinking lately on the power of prayer and about how I’m really timid in my prayer life. I’m not given to bold prayer. My prayers are wimpy.
I’m more apt to pray “Lord, do whatever You want, just please don’t let it hurt too much.”
I don’t think God is pleased with this sort of praying. Praying that the Lord have His will is a powerful thing and I believe every prayer should end on that note. But the Bible says in James 4:2b, “Yet you do not have because you do not ask.”
Obviously this doesn’t mean that we should all hit our knees and ask for BMWs, but I believe that God wants His children to be honest with Him in prayer.
He knows our desires anyway, so why should we try to hide them from Him with weak prayers? Doing so is like telling Him we don’t think He’ll come through, so we aren’t bothering to ask.
So I started praying, “God, it would be amazing if all these hours counted. Please let the hours from these courses satisfy all the necessary requirements for the 80hrs. I know that Your plans for our future are good and I trust Your will.”
This for me was a bold prayer and after I said amen, I emailed the certificates. Within an hour I had my answer.
Best case scenario, 61hrs would count. I asked God for 80hrs. He gave me 82.
My husband’s application and required CPE hours are now on their way and I’ve been blessed with a very tangible illustration of God’s absolute goodness!
Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
Are you coming before God with bold prayers or wimpy ones?