A Christian was left speechless after a homeless man who prayed for a hot meal told him he became God’s answered prayer.
John Brantley was leaving Best Buy one evening when he noticed a man going through the garbage can outside the store. The man was digging for leftover foods through the garbage can for several minutes. He pulled out fast food bags, searching for leftovers.
He wrote via Love What Matters, “He would find a few fries in one bag and a bite or two of a hamburger in another bag. You could see the hamburger wrapper by his knee where he was placing the food items he’d found.”
Surviving Homeless Man
The homeless man never bothered anyone even when a lot of people continue to enter and exit the store. Also, he never asked anyone for money or food. He simply digs through the trash every time.
John continued, “After he went through the entire trash can, he neatly cleaned up the area and wrapped up the food he found in the dirty hamburger wrapper. My heart hurt for him.”
Then he added, “I am not someone who just hands out money or even helps homeless people because so many are not truly homeless. I guess I’ve never seen someone actually go through a garbage can to try to find food to eat.”
Compelled To Help
Because of what John had witnessed, he was deeply moved. Right then, he knew he had to help him. So he got out of his car and asked the man if he could help him buy something to eat.
Then they went to a fast food place nearby. John ordered him the biggest meal on the menu since he said he “would appreciate anything.”
John narrated, “The only request he gave me for his order was a big glass of sweet tea to go with his meal.”
Furthermore, he said, “When I brought him his food, he was so thankful. He told me his name was Steve and he’d been homeless ever since his sister died last September. He was trying to get off the streets but it was so hard. I told him God loved him and I would pray for him. He told me again how much he appreciated the meal.”
Going The Extra Mile
After giving the man a meal, John drove away. However, he drove off with such heaviness in his heart. He knew he had to go the extra mile for the man. So he swung back around. And when he came back, he saw that Steve had been finishing up his meal and was about to bike away.
“I pulled up beside him and asked him if there was any way I could help him. He told me not really. He never asked me for money. I asked him if I could buy him a few meals and put it on a gift card for him. He told me that it would be so kind. I drove to McDonald’s, bought him some meals, and gave him a gift card,” John recounted.
The Homeless Man’s Answered Prayer
Suddenly, Steve broke in tears.
“He told me he prayed for me today! I wasn’t sure what he meant. I was assuming he was praying for me for what I did for him, so I thanked him. He said, ‘No, you don’t understand. I prayed God would send someone to buy me a hot meal today…and he sent you!’ I didn’t know what to say…I was speechless! Praying for a hot meal wasn’t a prayer I had prayed today!”
That’s when John realized what God wanted him to learn. Moreover, Steve told him he actually had cancer.
He said, “Tears began to fill my eyes. Oh my…how blessed am I… He said, ‘You see, I have cancer!’ He pulled up his shirt and pointed to a huge mass that was poking out from his stomach.” Then he continued, “He said he knew it wouldn’t be much longer. I asked him if he knew Jesus. He told me he did. I asked if I could pray for him and he said I could. We prayed right there on the sidewalk of McDonald’s,” he said.
“Tears just poured from his eyes. He told me he knew he was going to die, and he was ready to die. He was tired of being in pain and he would be better off dead because this was no life — living this way,” he continued. “I stayed and encouraged him for a few minutes trying to fight back my tears.”
John concluded, “My prayer is I showed him the love of Jesus today, that something I said gave him hope.”
Then he asked for prayers for Steve, “If you’ve read this far, please remember Steve in your prayers.”