Donald Trump looked up from the desk as I walked into his office on the top floor of the Trump Towers. His blue eyes stared at me without really seeing me. Then he looked down at his Rolex watch. “Yes?” he asked.
I stopped in front of his desk and cleared my throat. My legs felt weak in his presence.
“Mr. Trump, I need twelve hundred dollars for my February rent and six hundred dollars for two car payments.”
“Do I know you?” he asked, leaning his broad shoulders across the desk.
“No, not really.”
“Then why should I give you eighteen hundred dollars?”
“Because you have money and I have an emergency need.”
Donald Trump smiled and pointed toward the door. “Get out and don’t come back, okay?”
The above is a ridiculous bit of fiction. It is not intended to put Donald Trump or his charity nature down in any way. Who knows? Maybe Trump would count out twenty one-hundred dollar bills and say, “Keep the change.”
Yet, I wrote it to underline an important point:
And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him. (Hebrews 11:6 NLT)
If we want answered prayers, we have to believe that God is more real than any human being, more accessible than any other person in the whole world, more willing to listen to us, has the power to handle all of our needs, and actually wants to help us. Why would He do this for us? Because we believe He exists and will reward us for seeking Him.
This is where the rubber meets the road for us believers. We must obey what Jesus said: “Have faith in God.”
(Continued in Part 4)