A Prayer for George Barclay
George Barclay has been out of steady work for some time. He’s kept himself busy doing odd jobs, but mostly he has been waiting on the Lord to direct his life. That’s not good enough for Jimmy and Donna, though. They decide the Lord needs some extra pushing, so they pray earnestly for their father. The next day, George’s old company offers him a new job, one with better benefits.
The family is ecstatic, until George says that he’s not sure if he should actually take the job. After lots of prayer, George drops the bombshell that he’s not accepting the job. Instead, he believes that God is calling him into ministry. Jimmy and Donna are stunned. But there is yet another surprise: Mary Barclay is pregnant! Change is in store for the Barclays. They have little choice but to place themselves in God’s hands.
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- Did Jimmy and Donna pray for their father in the right way?
- Why or why not?
- What does it mean to be called into the ministry?
- Is it a choice you make?
- How do you think George knew that God wanted him to be a minister?
- How can you best determine what God’s will is for your life?
|Donna Barclay||Azure Janosky|
|George Barclay||Chuck Bolte|
|Jimmy Barclay||David Griffin|
|John Whittaker||Hal Smith|
|Mary Barclay||Carol Bilger|
- In 1993, the Barclays’ lives had changed when George lost his job. But since then, not much of anything had happened to them, except their trip to Hawaii in #256: “Aloha, Oy!, Part 1”. It was time to move the family forward, so in 1994, George was sent into the ministry.
QuotesJimmy Barclay: Where'd you learn to pray like that?
Donna Barclay: What do you mean?
Jimmy Barclay: You sounded like an adult. What'd you do, read it somewhere?
Donna Barclay: Cut it out. It's rude to critique people's prayers. I wasn't talking to you anyway.
Mary Barclay: Did they like your new tie?
Jimmy Barclay: ...Did they like his tie, Mom?
Mary Barclay: Well, I picked it out.
John Whittaker: The best is yet to come.
Mary Barclay: Donna, Jimmy... I'm pregnant.