Holy Ground

21 Days of Prayer Encounter at COS Day 10

Holy Ground

“Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.” Exodus 3:5 

Draw The Circle Key Thoughts:

“You never know when or where or how God will invade the routine of your life.” 

“A few years ago, I heard author Ken Gaub share one of the most amazing prayer testimonies I’ve ever heard. He and his family were driving on I-75 near Dayton, Ohio, when they decided to stop at a restaurant. Ken’s wife and children went right into the restaurant while he stretched his legs. As he walked passed a nearby gas station, he heard a pay phone ringing. The phone kept ringing, and Ken thought it might be some sort of emergency, so he answered it. He heard the voice of the operator, who said, “Long distance for Ken Gaub.”

“Ken almost passed out. He said, “You’ve got to be kidding me. I was just walking in the middle of nowhere and heard the phone ringing.” The confused operator said, “Is Ken Gaub there?” After making sure there weren’t any candid cameras, he said, “This is Ken Gaub.” 

“A voice on the other side of the line said, “Mr. Gaub, my name is Millie. I’m from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. You don’t know me, but I need your help.” She went on to explain that she had written a suicide note but had decided to give prayer one more shot. She said, “God, I don’t really want to do this.” And as she prayed she remembered seeing Ken Gaub on television. She thought to herself, “If I could just talk with him, he could help me.” But this was pre-Google, making it extremely difficult to track him down. 

As she prayed, some numbers popped into her head, and she wrote them on a piece of paper. She couldn’t help but think, “Wouldn’t it be wonderful if God were giving me Ken’s number?” Then Millie said, “I decided to try calling the number, and I couldn’t believe it when the operator said it was you.”

“Millie asked Ken, “Are you in your office?” When Ken said no, Millie sounded surprised. She said, “Then where are you?” Ken said, “You made the call. Don’t you know?” She said, “I don’t even know what area I am calling. I just dialed the number on a piece of paper.” Ken said, “You won’t believe this. I’m in a phone booth in Dayton, Ohio.” Millie replied, “What are you doing there?” Ken said, “Answering a pay phone!” 

“Ken went on to draw this conclusion: I walked away from that phone booth with an electrifying sense of our heavenly Father’s concern for each of His children. What were the astronomical odds of this happening? 

With all the millions of phones and innumerable combination of numbers, only an all-knowing God could have caused that woman to dial that number in that phone booth at that moment in time.” 

“When Ken hung up the phone, he walked over to the restaurant and sat down with his family. Still stunned, he said to his wife, Barb, “You won’t believe this. God knows where I am.” 

“The purpose of prayer is not to give orders to God; the purpose is to get orders from God.” 

Prayer Focus: Pray for divine appointments and interruptions from God invading the routine of your life and the life of those you are praying for. Pray that God supernaturally leads people to Encounter. Pray for people who are losing hope and for those who are contemplating suicide. Pray that God would intersect and invade their lives with His hope and love. 

Be Blessed and Encouraged 

Bill Rieser 

Encounter Pastor