The Best of the Story: August 2017

Special Note: The Best of the Story: Miraculous Answers to Prayer (published 1993, reprinted 2001) was written by WGM retiree Burnis H. Bushong. The purpose of the book is to share miraculous answers to prayer experienced by WGM missionaries over the years. We hope these stories inspire you to pray for missions activities around the world. A new story from the book is posted each month.

Shut the Door

Monthly excerpt from The Best of the Story
By Burnis Bushong, Retiree

“But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.” Matthew 6:6

After serving as a missionary in China and suffering the rigors of internment in a Japanese prison camp during World War II, Miss Leona Aggola became involved in the ministries of the World Gospel Mission Prayer Bands. Eventually, she became the director of the Prayer Band Department. She frequently spoke on the value and practice of prayer. An illustration she often used involved a lady attempting to use a phone in an outside phone booth.

The lady stepped inside a phone booth to make a call. Needing to use the phone directory, the lady soon faced a dilemma. She had failing eyesight and, inside the booth, light was limited. But the chain on the book did not permit it to be removed to better light. A boy playing nearby noted the woman’s frustration and politely suggested, “Lady, if you get in the booth and shut the door, the light will come on!” The advice was followed and the call quickly completed.

Many of our prayers are hindered because we do not shut the door after entering our place of intercession.