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Jimmy NeedhamJIMMY NEEDHAM:
I wasn't raised in a Christian home, so when I came to Christ, my biggest prayer was for my family to know Him as well. For the most part they were disinterested in the things of God, and as I grew in my faith, they were more and more frustrated with my new passion. Finally, after 4 years of praying hard for them, my brother put his faith in the Lord. Eventually, my mom and dad began attending my church, and shortly after both my mom and dad gave their lives to Christ as well. Against all odds, God answered my prayer and rescued my family.

Cammie Rubyz CAMMIE (The Rubyz):

Well the coolest prayer I can remember isn’t even a monumental thing. It’s almost a little silly, but it had a huge impact on me for some reason. I had a friend over from my church during the summer when I was 11. I was so excited because it had been a while since I had seen her and because she had never been to my house before. We really wanted to go swimming in the neighborhood pool because it seemed like the perfect day to swim. We got to the pool and the clouds started to get really dark and we heard thunder. Pretty soon it started to sprinkle. I was so upset! I wanted to hang out with my friend and have fun in the pool so badly. So we decided to ask God to make it not rain. We held hands and told God how much we wanted to be able to spend the rest of the day in the pool without the rain. Within almost seconds the rain completely stopped and the clouds cleared a little after that. It was so cool! It’s amazing how God can do the little things that still blow you away.

Stephanie SmithSTEPHANIE SMITH:
Uh, you mean this week, right? Because I couldn't possibly point out just one thing---it all ties together, and I find that God is constantly answering my prayers and blowing my mind. He just provided $4000 towards a touring van literally hours before I needed it. A lot of times I journal and it is so cool to look back over my entries to see how God has answered prayers I may have forgotten I had even prayed. He is faithful!

Blanca Reyes Group 1 Crew BLANCA REYES (Group 1 Crew):
The coolest prayer God has ever answered for me is restoring the relationship between me and my father. My dad was a big gangster, druggy, drunk you name it, so I thought there would be no way for us to ever have a good relationship. When God drastically changed his life and answered my prayer I knew that it had to be a miracle and that God had to be real.

Melissa Brock Superchick MELISSA BROCK (Superchick):
About two years ago my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer. I consider myself a pretty strong person, but this really freaked me out. The idea that my mom might not be around forever really hit hard. The only thing that we could do was pray. So we prayed and everyone else we knew prayed for her as well. The doctors performed surgery to remove the lump, and when the tests came back they said that it was only pre-cancer. They were successful in removing it all, and she didn’t need to go through chemotherapy. Talk about prayers being answered!

Melissa Greene Avalon MELISSA GREENE (formerly of Avalon):
I made a list, a wish list of sorts about 7 years ago of outrageous things that I would love to someday do. It included writing a song with Cindy Morgan (whom I had never had any contact with only respected) and to sing for Kirk Franklin among others. God answered both of those "crazy" desires in 2 years. I was able to sing back up for Kirk during GMA week of 2002 and was supposed to be on his tour in the fall, but Avalon happened! Then in writing for Avalon's "The Creed" cd we had a writers camp. We invited a bunch of our favorite writers to help us with our songs for the cd. I was paired up with Cindy Morgan. We wrote " The Good Way". It was my first song to write and publish! But most importantly it was with Cindy!!!! DREAM BIG!!!

Brian Calcara Stellar Kart BRIAN CALCARA (Stellar Kart):
When my wife and I first got married we moved from Iowa to Tennessee. It was very difficult for us because I would leave to go on the road and she would be home alone in Tennessee where she didn't know anybody. We began to pray that God would show us to the church he wanted for us. God led us to a great church in Spring Hill, TN called Grace Park Church. Grace Park has reminded me of the importance of being surrounded by a group of believers.

Dawn Richardson FireflightDAWN RICHARDSON (Fireflight):
I struggled with blisters on my vocal chords for four months. Most of that time I had to communicate using a dry erase board, only able to talk and sing from stage. This was so hard for me because I love to talk, and I love to sing even more! Finally the Dr. decided I would probably need surgery, and I went in for a consultation. When I got there the scope revealed that my blisters were almost completely gone! There are no words to express how grateful I am to God, He used the time I spent quiet to teach me that true love is shown not just by what you say, but by what you do . . ."

Cadia ToriTORI (Cadia):
The coolest prayer God ever answered for me was when He healed my Mom from breast cancer. I don't know what I would do without her, I love her so much!




Rich Moore Newworldson RICH MOORE (Newworldson):
Easily the coolest prayer that God's ever answered would be the birth of my children. I have 3 great kids, and my wife and I have been truly blessed by all of them. I remember being deep in prayer and thanking God for allowing me to be a part of His greatest creation...

Manwell Group 1 CrewMANWELL REYES (Group 1 Crew):
Well my most memorable answered prayer is when I prayed for my friend’s leg, which was broken, to be healed and the next day she went to the doctors and it was healed. Amazing!



The Great IM: Answered Prayer Stories From 21
Top Music Artists

by Tracy Darlington


Has your prayer life hit a brick wall? You sit down, close your eyes, and within one minute you’re planning what you’re going to wear tomorrow or what's for dinner! Or maybe you’re wondering if God can even hear your prayers. This bulletin just in: You can IM the “I AM”, and He answers! These songbirds believe God’s listening, and you can too!

Vicky BeechingVICKY BEECHING:
Other than the prayer of salvation (!) it would be when I was 19, and I asked God if He was calling me to America as I felt He was, to confirm it with an all expenses paid trip to California within the next 6 months. I didn’t have much faith but asked anyway! About 2 months later I had a call from Vineyard Music Group saying they wanted to fly me from London to Southern California for a songwriters retreat, all expenses paid! That was a God moment!

Bethany Dillon BETHANY DILLON:
Wow! So many instances come to mind. a lot of small things, actually. There have been answers to prayer that have some in very simple, childlike ways. Like seeing something on a billboard, someone saying exactly what you've needed to hear from the Lord, a few bucks showing up when I've been stressed about money. A huge answer to prayer recently was when a friend of mine went to the hospital after having a migraine for a few days and found out that there was a pool of blood around her brain. Obviously, it was a shock to everyone, and a lot of intercession for her happened in the next couple of days. And then, one day, she was healed. It was gone. It's so amazing to think that He can heal something like that, or answer my deepest, darkest questions in a moment-- a blink of His eye.

Sara Acker InhabitedSARAH ACKER (Inhabited):
It's interesting to me that as I racked my brain trying to think of an answer to this question, I was reminded of how quickly we forget the good things God does for us. Wow... I'd have to say my greatest answered prayer is that He answers me at all. Why? Because that affects every area of my life. He is my sanity. It's difficult to describe the voice of God when it's not even audible in the first place, but when He speaks, you just know. There have been so many times that I have screamed out to God in sheer desperation, and He is always faithful to speak back. Recently I was praying for some serious direction about a situation, and He met me deeper than I even requested. It's crazy. He remains faithful to speak, whether through a song, art, His word, poetry, people, or creation. He never ceases to amaze me.

Jason Roy Building 429JASON ROY (Building 429):
The coolest prayer that God has ever answered for me was to reconcile my father and I. Dad and I had a lot of good times, and a lot of really bad times. Dad got caught in drug abuse and it altered his behavior... it made him lash out at me when I was young and ultimately led him far away from the Lord. I prayed for years that dad would turn his life back over to God and that someday I would be able to forgive him and that he would be able to see how hurt I was when I was younger. Through the music of Building429 God really started working on my dad, he felt like I was writing songs about him and for the first time he started to feel God pulling him out of his despair. Now 5 years removed from the first conversation that my father and I had in complete honesty I can say that my dad is a changed man and that he and I enjoy an awesome relationship. I'm proud of my father, and he's proud of me... and we both walk with the Lord every day of our lives!!


Wendy Drennen FireflightWENDY DRENNEN (Fireflight):
Looking back at the prayers I've prayed and the requests I've asked of God, I can see so many times, over and over again, how he answered me without fail. The most memorable prayer he answered for me was one that at the time, I felt he answered all wrong and that my life was going to be forever horrible because it wasn't what I prayed for. There are so many times in my life that I've prayed with such an earnest heart, believing I was praying for God's will, but looking back, realized that I prayed with my own comfort in mind, not the will of God. When I was 17 years old, the company my dad worked for went under so he was left unemployed and searching for a new job. About three years prior to this, my parent's best friends had moved three hours away from where we lived and my mom and dad loved the town their friends had moved to. So, of course, they decided to look for a job in that area. I was 17, a senior in high school, and quite certain that I was in love with my boyfriend. I prayed that God would not move my family away from everything I grew up knowing. Instead however, that is exactly what he did. Less than two weeks before Christmas, my family left the town I grew up in and moved to central Florida. It was the most difficult time of my life. I went through a lot of hating. Hating my family for what they did to me (didn't they realize how much they had ruined my life?), hating God for allowing it to happen, and hating myself for not being a year older so I could just do what I wanted and move out. Thankfully, God knew all along what was best for me and patiently waited for me to get over my selfishness and bad attitude. Through a lot of tears and calloused knees on my parents' part, I finally started to come around and have a desire to get involved in church again. I know now that it was that experience that molded me into the person I am today, and it was during that time in my life when I discovered who I really am. For a long time I was angry at my parents and God for disrupting my life in the worse way ever but now I know that God DOES know what is best for me. During that valley, a friend of my mom's gave me a graduation gift that was a frame for my bedroom that held Jeremiah 29:11 in it. I would sometimes scoff at the verse then, but I think reading it over and over is what finally gave me hope and turned my outlook around. To this day, it is still one of my favorites. "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jer 29:11


Trey Pearson Everyday Sunday TREY PEARSON (Everyday Sunday):
I think probably one of the coolest prayers God ever answered for me was being able to be there to say goodbye to my grandpa (I called him Papa) before he passed away. I was out on tour in the state of Washington, and I got a call in the middle of the night from my cousin, who was at the hospital with my grandpa back home in Columbus, OH. They wanted me to say goodbye to him because he went into the hospital unexpectedly, and said he wouldn't be there when I got home. I talked to him for a little bit on the phone, and he just told me how much he loved me and how proud of me he was. He was in a lot of pain, but he promised he'd wait for me until I got home. We looked on a map and realized we were about an hour out from an airport in Salem, Washington. I got home late in the afternoon, and he had been unconscious for several hours by the time I got there. The doctors said he probably wouldn't come back out of it. I sat next to him in tears, and just prayed to God that I could see him one last time. After holding his hand for a couple of minutes and praying to God, my papa opened his eyes, smiled that smile he always had, and just softly said, "I promised you I'd wait for you." ... I smiled so big I could not thank God enough for that. He ended up being alert and awake for a while longer, and drifted in and out for the next couple days I was able to spend with him. Several of us stayed the nights at the hospital with him by his side for the rest of us his time he had with us. What an amazing God!

Glenn Lavender downhere GLENN LAVENDER (downhere):
Knowing what it's like to be in a relationship with the creator of the universe, I think all Christians long to see family and friends enjoy that same relationship. During my quiet time prayers I'm always asking God that certain people in my life that I love would come to know Him. I spent many years praying for my sister who in the past year decided to rededicate her life to following Jesus. The change in her life has been awesome and obvious. During the last few months I've been able to walk with her through some pretty tough decisions and I've also been able to see how much joy she has from aligning her life to Christ's. Seeing an obvious answered prayer is always a great spiritual marker to look back on and be encouraged by.

Caroline Williams Purenrg CAROLINE WILLIAMS (PureNRG):

I wouldn’t say I really get nervous, but I definitely feel excited and antsy before a show. Since we have been performing as a group, Jordan, Carolyne and I always get together before each show. We form a circle with our right toes pointing in and pray. It is amazing how calm and focused I feel when we just stop in the middle of everyone running around and getting ready for the show and talk to God. It's almost like God wraps his arms around us and gives us his blessing to sing and perform to His glory. It is a special part of each show and I always look forward to that moment.

Alexis RubyzALEXIS SLIFER (The Rubyz):

One of the coolest prayers that has been answered in my life (besides The Rubyz). When I was six my uncle who was unsaved had a terrible back problem and he was in great pain. So I decided to pray for him and he chose to let me because I was little. Immediately he was healed. I think it really spoke to him.

Jessie Daniels JESSE DANIELS:
My prayers throughout the years have become less and less specific because God continues to know what I need more than I ever will. I pray for what He has for me. I guess the "coolest" prayer that He always answers is my need for love, forgiveness, and mercy.





Tracy DarlingtonTracy Darlington is a freelance writer, and her work has appeared in Brio, Breakaway, YS, CCM Magazine, Insight, Susie Magazine, and other publications. She has interviewed countless Christian musicians including Rebecca St. James, Delirious, Newsboys, Leigh Nash, Barlowgirl, Krystal Meyers, Joy Williams, Pillar, Michelle Tumes, and many others. In her spare time she can be found riding horses or listening to music and sipping a Venti 3-shot sugar-free vanilla latte. Visit her online at her blog where she talks about Music, God, dogs and coffee. You can also look her up at Twitter and Facebook.