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Hurricane Ivan - God Hears Our Prayers, Big or Small (A True Account)

Updated on September 7, 2016
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Theresa loves to share her true life accounts when the Lord shows up mightily in her life. She knows He still performs miracles today.

Hurricane Ivan Track 2004

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Hurricane Ivan's Path

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He Wants You to Ask Him


Back in 2004, Hurricane Ivan hit the coast, which is about 200 miles or a little less from the city in which we lived at the time.



I remember being so surprised how far inland


the storms and tornadoes that resulted from


that hurricane came.



We lived in an older part of the city at the time,

and all the transformers blew.


We were without power for about three days or so.


A couple of our neighbor’s trees fell on our fence.


We just could not believe how powerful the storm was that far inland!

In His Holy Word He Tells Us:


John 14:13-12 “Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it.” (Emphasis added.)

Matthew 21:22 “And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith.” (Emphasis added.)

James 1:6 “But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind.” (Emphasis added.)

God is a Big God


So, with no electricity, television or any technology devices working for a couple of days, our family actually had to slow down and spend more real time, or quality time, as they say, with each other. We played board games, talked more, ate together more, etc. I thought it was great!!! I believe all families should turn the television off for about a month and see what happens.

Right before this time, the women at our church were having their annual big RENEW Women’s Community-Wide Bible study. We were studying about the importance of being specific when we pray, as well as that God does want us to ask Him in prayer concerning even the little things, as He is a big God, and cares even about the little things in our lives. That is how we come into an intimate relationship with Him. We always feel fine about praying about the huge problems in our lives, but, hey, He can handle it all. He is God!

So, anyway, the weather was actually comfortable during the days without air conditioning, which was unusual. It wasn’t until that third day, that the humidity started to set back in and it was starting to get a little uncomfortable. We wound up having to throw out everything in our refrigerator as it went bad.

We decided, since it was so humid inside the house without air conditioning, to go to the other side of the city, that had electricity, and go to a movie, just to get out and get into air conditioning! For some strange reason, our son did not want to go. He was a teenager then and, of course, probably did not want to be seen with his mommy and daddy. Ha.

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God Cares even About the Little Things

So, we got into the car and drove by all the downed power lines, etc. and headed to the other side of town to see the movie.

On the way, I was thinking about our women’s Bible study and about asking the Lord even about the little things, as He truly does care about it all and does want to be involved in every aspect of our lives no matter how big or how small.

I decided to pray and ask the Lord, and I was a little apprehensive, as I felt selfish asking for this due to the thousands who were suffering greatly from the hurricane. I was just thinking to the Lord, “Heavenly Father, it sure would be nice if only the electricity would be on when we returned from the movies, as it is getting a little humid, and I know I am being selfish as there are others suffering, and I ask that you to bless them and keep them too, and forgive me for my selfishness. In Jesus’ name. Amen

I then told my husband that the power would be back on when we returned from the movies. And he asked how did I know that, and I told him I had asked the Lord about it. He had kind of a funny look on his face, but he did not say a word.

The moment we pulled into the parking lot at the movies, my cell phone rang, and it was our son who said, “Guess what?” And I said, “The power is back on.” And he said, “How did you know?” So, I told him I asked the Lord about it. About that time, my husband was looking funny, and so I told him, well, the power is back on. And then he asked if I still wanted to go to the movies. Ha. Funny man, well, of course I did. We are here.

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God Can Do it All

On our way home, it was dark by then, we saw the strangest thing as we turned onto our street and went up the hill to our home. We noticed that all the power was on in everyone’s home right up until our home, and then complete pitch darkness after our home. It was like the world ended right after our home. You could not see a thing. That is how dark it was-----eerie.

So our home was the last home on the street to have power. When we pulled into the driveway, I could hear a commotion outside. There were a lot of teenagers next door outside fussing about something, I could tell. Then I heard what they were saying once I got out of my car. They were asking us, with an attitude, “Hey, why is your power on and our power is not?” So I promptly replied, “Well I asked the Lord for just the power to be back on when we returned from the movies.” Dead silence, I did not hear one peep out of those teenagers again.

We went inside and glorious cool air fell upon our faces and we praised the Lord, and I thanked Him for creating Benjamin Franklin and for his discoveries and theories regarding electricity and the lightning rod!!! Ha. Then my husband all of a sudden said, “Oh man!” I asked, “What’s the problem now?” He said. “The cable is not back on!!!” I said, “Well, now you are just being greedy, and plus I remember asking the Lord that only the power be back on.

So, we watched a DVD in the cool air conditioning.


@ Faith Reaper July 16, 2012 (All rights reserved.)


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    • billybuc profile image

      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      We shall be provided for, all in due time. Everything we need for happiness we already have. Great message, great hub!

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      wetnosedogs 4 years ago from Alabama

      This is so sweet. Thanks for sharing your faithful story.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      billybuc, thanks so much for reading and leaving a great comment as always. Faith is the key to answered prayers for sure! In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      wetnosedogs, thank you so much for reading and commenting. He is so sweet like that, you know! In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Faith I love everything about you.. Your sweet simple Faith.. and just being you.. this is the most awesome hub.. I am sharing on prayer request page on Facebook.. IT IS Awesome!!

      DEBBIE

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      Joseph De Cross 4 years ago

      What a testimony of your Faith. There might be tribulations and the world fall down to our feet. God is Good! This hub was so enlightening..Keep them coming Faith! God Bless!

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Debbie - You are such a sweet Sister in Christ and always so faithful to comment and share especially to glorify our King.

      lord - Thanks so much for your unending encouragement to continue to glorify our King. Keep the faith dear one. He loves you so much. You are more precious to Him than any rare gem on this planet. You are made in His image. Always remember when praying to never doubt, as He hears. He is so awesome to want that personal relationsthip with us, and He actually cares even about every tiny detail of our lives and wants us to ask Him. He is a big God and can handle it all - big and small and everything in between.

      In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Faith, another great write, love your stories they're always amazing. My best wishes to you.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      tobusiess, thank you so much for the lovely comment. I love to write about how the Lord works in my real, the real things that happen to glorify Him. God bless you. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      God is so good! I have experienced small blessings like this through asking. It's so simple and some would discount it as luck or coincidence, but we know how good God is and how much he loves to answer our requests.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      God is so good! I have experienced small blessings like this through asking. It's so simple and some would discount it as luck or coincidence, but we know how good God is and how much he loves to answer our requests.

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      Thomas Silvia 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi my friend, ask and it well be giving, our God is so good to those who believe in Him ! Well done !

      Vote up and more !!!

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      North Wind 4 years ago from The World (for now)

      Such a great truth, Faith Reaper!

      E.M. Bounds wrote a book called The Essentials of Prayer. In it he speaks about the Christian and his prayer life. A Christian should not shy away from asking of the Lord. He will be answered. It will either be a yes and no or a maybe.

      I remember hearing a story about a man of God praying to God for a certain trivial thing that his wife needed by a specific time. His faith was strong enough so that after he prayed for the thing, he promptly forgot about it. Those around him were anxious and agitated and when the time came close to expiring, they knew that the man's prayer would not be answered. Their knowledge was foolishness to God because at the last minute, there was the thing prayed for and the man's reaction was not surprise but calm thankfulness. He knew the character of his Father.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      North Wind, yes, that is the key, knowing the character of God. He answers as you said, yes, no, or maybe a little later. His timing is perfect. He desires that intimate relationship with us so much, and we just deny ourselves the best relationship in the world when we choose to not trust in Him. Thanks so much for the awesome comments glorifying our God. He is so faithful. So great is His faithfulness. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Dearest kashmir, yes He is so good indeed! Thank you so much for reading and glorifying Him with your comments. God bless you. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Suzette Walker 4 years ago from Taos, NM

      I believe in miracles!

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Amen! thank you.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      suzettenaple - Me too! God bless and thank you for reading.

      Mhatter - He is so great! Amen. Thanks so much for reading.

      In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Wow, God is always good. He is always there for us.. Amen.

      A great hub!

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      Tracia Bussey 4 years ago from Southern USA

      Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful!!! I love the simplicity of your faith! God is concerned for our needs and wants! God bless you sister!

      Voted up, beautiful, interesting & awesome!

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      unknown spy - thank you so much for reading. Yes, He is indeed!

      Gottabegod - Thank you so much for the wonderful comment. He does care for us so much that He even cares about the smallest details of our lives. Love you Sister.

      In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Richard Ricky Hale 4 years ago from West Virginia

      I remember seeing this on the news. It was when I first moved from West Virginia to Arizona. I tell you, your faith is very inspirational Faith Reaper. Hope all is well and another wonderful hub!

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      thelyricwriter, nice to see you stopping to read and leaving wonderful comments as always. You are a wonderful encourager. God bless you. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Sueswan 4 years ago

      Hi Faith Reaper

      It is nice that we can call on God for the little things.

      Voted up and away

      God bless

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      Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      This is beautiful. I thank God every day for air conditioning and know how bad it would be without electric. Hope you enjoyed your movie!

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Thanks Jackie, I do not remember the movie, just the lovely air conditioning!!! Thanks for stopping to read. God bless. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Sueswan, it sure is!!! Thank you for stopping to read and leaving lovely comments to glorify our God. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Faith I voted this up and awesome but actually it is beyond terrific and inspiring. Loved your story. I always look toward the Lord for guidance and pray each day. I know He is always there to lend a hand but wow your story really made me so thrilled that with prayer so much is possible. God bless.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Gypsy, Amen for sure. He hears, listens and always answers. I never doubt for one second that He will answer and He always does. Of course, the answer could be no, yes, or maybe a little later or never. His plan for our lives is a lot better than anything we can come up with for sure, and His timing is perfect. Thanks for reading and leaving an awesome comment to glorify our Lord. God bless you. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Girish puri 4 years ago from NCR , INDIA

      Great message, great hub, voted up.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      girishpuri - Thanks so much for reading and commenting. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      I love this, Faith. It is so true. I have always always subscribed to praying being very specific when we pray. that is why I included my daughter and grandson's name in a recent hub I posted. God knows our needs and our heart but I think if we help Him out a bit by pointing in our most urgent needs it is helpful...

      I do so believe in the power of which you spoke. Things like this have happened to us...things that could have happened no other way except through God.

      thank you for sharing this with us.

      Sending Angels to you and your family....Your sister in Christ :) ps

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Hello my sweet friend PS,

      Thank you for taking time to stop and read this little hub. Yes, God is all knowing, all powerful and ever present. He knows what we need even before we asked Him. I believe in the power of prayer and trust in Him, even when the answer is not want I would want, as His plans for us are always better than any that we could ever come up with.

      God bless. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Joanna Chandler 2 years ago from On planet Earth

      GREAT FAITH! Lol at your husband and the cable he was just overdoing it LOL ha ha ha. God answers prayer in the morning at evening time and at noon :) so keep your heart in tune.

      I am glad Ivan did not do anymore major damage to your part of the country and those who passed through it i believe they had a tough time, but God would not have given them more than they could have bare.

      Keep good :) God Bless U

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Jo (LadyFiddler),

      Thank you so much for leaving such enthusiastic comments. Yes, he is a man LOL ... and needs his cable hee hee.

      Yes, God certainly answers prayers and He is so sweet to even care about the little things in our lives, as well as the big things. We can trust Him to take care of it all!

      We were blessed to not suffer like many people did in that Hurricane.

      God bless you too.

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      Dolores Monet 2 years ago from East Coast, United States

      We so take electric power for granted. We were without power for 4 days several summers ago, after a huge storm blew through the area. And it was hot and humid. I moved all our food from the fridge to the homes of people who did have power. We did not complain too much, but got by just fine. Until the people next door got home and put on their compressor. What a racket! They used it to power a window AC so they could sleep.

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Delores, thank you for stopping by to read. Yes, we do take so much for granted and then are lost when we have to do without it for a couple of days. Ours was not too bad weatherwise until that third day when the humidity returned. We did not have a generator. I have always wondered why generators have to be so loud. Thank goodness for electricity and water!

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