CHICKEN RANCH PRAYER
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
I learned some of my greatest spiritual lessons working at B&C Egg Ranch near Kerman, California back in the 1970’s. I was a new Christian attending Bible school in Kerman, I had a lot to learn. I can remember be over whelmed with anxiety many times. I would spend many hours every day alone with God (except for all the chickens). In those moments of solitude, the Lord would meet me.
What kind of troubles did I have in those days? Just the ordinary variety, worrying about finances was one of my struggles. I was making minimum wage, a pregnant wife at home, tuition, rent, you know the drill. I was in a battle for survival. One of the greatest tools that I received in those days was scripture memorization cards. I would memorize and meditate on a scripture every day as I pushed chicken manure. What a life! On one particular day, today’s scripture was my memorization verse. That verse of scripture was a game changer for me. Wow! Don’t be anxious but pray. Not just any prayer, a petition, a very specific prayer. After bringing your request to the Lord, then you begin to pray the prayer of thanksgiving. Giving thanks to the Lord by faith for the answer, thanking Him before the circumstances changed. This kind of prayer moves into worship, not just any worship, but Holy Ghost extended worship. I have a fond memory of what happened that day. As I prayed about my circumstances and began to give thanks to the Lord, His presence came down on me. I began to sing, shout, and dance before the Lord. Sounds like church! I wasn’t at church, I was pushing chicken mess, singing to the Lord, shouting in other tongues, dancing in the poop. I was all alone, except for several thousands of chickens. I think even the chickens joined in that day, they were adding their songs to the Lord.
After this spiritual encounter, I realized something. The worry was gone. My circumstances hadn’t changed. I had been changed. I went back to the verse of scripture and then I saw it. “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
Did you see it? Did you see what happens after the prayer, after the supplication, after the thanksgiving? What happens? The peace of God that passes all comprehension guards your heart and your mind. The Lord actually sets up a guard post over your mind and heart. That is what I needed. I needed that peace more than money. That is what I needed then and that is what I need today. If you are troubled, don’t be. Pray a specific prayer, begin to give thanks for the answer, and watch God begin to take over.