In an interview with KATU-TV, T.P. Brown Jr said before leaving his home in Portland, Oregon on Friday morning, Feb. 25, 2022, he had prayed. It was an interesting prayer as he asked the Lord, to put him in a position to help others.
He had no idea that by 8 AM that morning, he would be helping a father, whose three-year-old boy had just been kidnapped.
The incident started when an individual stole a car with a three-year-old boy strapped in a car seat in the back seat, after the mother had briefly stepped away from the vehicle. When the father saw what was happening, he jumped into his car and began pursuing the fleeing vehicle.
Brown, who was on his way to work, was driving down the street when he saw the cars screaming by him. He watched as the father crashed into the stolen vehicle, forcing it to stop.
As the father rushed to rescue his child, the alleged suspect jumped out to make a run for it.
Brown, who realized that the man was running down a dead-end alley, pursued the man. Using his vehicle, Brown trapped the man against a chain-link fence. When the man tried to climb up the fence, Brown got out of his car and, with the help of an Amazon driver, restrained the alleged suspect until the police showed up.
In an interview with KATU TV, Brown said:
“My prayer this morning was for God to show up for me and put me in an impactful position to help other people. Not knowing the impact that He was going to put me in today.”
Praying that God would give you an opportunity to help others is perhaps the most dangerous kind of prayer. Because it is the kind of prayer, Jesus loves answering.
But it is also just another example of how God wants to use ordinary people:
- There is the unnamed servant in King Saul’s house who recommended David’s music playing abilities when Saul was being attacked by an evil spirit (1 Samuel 16:18). This paved the way for David’s eventual ascension to the throne.
- Then there was Ebed-Melek, a lowly Eunuch, who pleaded for the prophet Jeremiah’s life after King Zedekiah and his corrupt officials had tossed the prophet into a cistern. Not only did Zechariah give Ebed-Melek permission, but the eunuch personally hauled the prophet out of the cistern (Jeremiah 38:7-13).
- In Daniel 5, we have an unnamed Babylonian Queen telling King Nebuchadnezzar to consult with Daniel after the king had a disturbing vision of a hand that was writing words on a wall. The Queen described Daniel as being “endowed with a spirit of the holy gods” (Daniel 5:10-11).
- It was a young, unnamed Jewish slave girl, who recommended that her master, Naaman, a Syrian general, struck down by leprosy, consult the prophet Elisha (2 Kings 5:2-4).
- Then there was the unnamed woman, probably a prostitute by everyone’s reaction, who defied cultural norms and courageously entered the home of a pharisee to anoint Jesus (Luke 7:36-50).
They were ordinary people making an extraordinary difference in the Kingdom of God.
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