Last summer I received an e-mail from a friend. "I don't know how to explain this, but I feel as though God is nudging me to pray for you every day. So I'm going to do it, if that's okay." She didn't know why or what exactly to pray, but she felt a burden, so every day for the past nine months, my friend has sent me a morning e-mail with a prayer lifting me to the Father.
What my friend had no idea of knowing was that I had been struggling with some major decisions, which had left me without joy or direction.
In an unexplainable way, I began to find joy again and gained clarity about the decisions before me. As I looked at my circumstances and how my attitude and perspective changed, I knew there could be only one reason: her daily prayers.
There is a mystery in the nudges we feel—when God encourages us to pray for or about something, to pay for a stranger's cup of coffee, to call a person we haven't spoken to for a while, or …
Although it's often impossible to understand what God is up to, it's amazing that he wants to include us in whatever it is.
My mother is a master at heeding these nudges. She gets the strangest senses about things. She shrugs and then does them—and later usually finds out it affected someone just as that person needed a miracle from the Father or a reminder of God's love. Even when she doesn't find out the basis for the nudge, she shrugs and says, "God suggested it for some reason; I don't know why. Maybe it was for that person. And maybe it was simply about me being obedient. Maybe it was about entertaining angels unaware" (Hebrews 13:2).1