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The Fifty-Cent Prayer

Penny Zeller, Christian Author


Today I have a very special guest on my blog who has written a beautiful devotional about prayer. Her name is Rhonda White and not  only is she a gifted writer, but she is also a marketing expert on her website Please feel free to leave a comment and let Rhonda know how much you enjoyed her post – I know it will bless you as it has blessed me. 

The Fifty-Cent Prayer

I can still remember the day I was dropped off and abandoned by my parents.  Couldn’t they see that I still needed their watchful care?  I was left feeling terribly insecure, being separated from the comforts of my home and the pleasant memories…

My mother always cooked the same old-fashioned meals that she grew up with..cornbread with fried ‘tators’ and beans, biscuits and gravy, sauerkraut and weiners and for special holiday occasions, pickled pigs feet!  My dad was the meekest man that I ever knew.  Just for your own information, he was actually quite mischievous in nature. He always seemed to get me in trouble with Mom for acting unladylike while wrestling with him. (He always started it!  I’m telling the truth!) 

But here I was…nineteen and sitting in a dorm room ready to tackle Bible college.  My parents made their departure and I felt that the mere 300 miles away was in reality a million. 

I enrolled in classes, and with enthusiasm, I signed up for a gazillion credit hours.  (Boy, did I ever learn a lesson about being more sensible!)  Now that I look back, I’m so very thankful for that first year in Bible college.  It was the year that I learned the most about prayer.

Cooking class was one of my favorite classes.  After all, learning to cook is something that young ladies finally begin to take more seriously when they start counting down the days until their prince charming comes galloping into their lives.

My professor asked us to bring a dollar bill the next day to cover the cost of canned goods that would be used in the kitchen. Fantastic!  I was looking forward to getting out of class and having some fun in the kitchen.  The only problem, I realized after class, was that I had no dollar bill.  Mom and Dad was not nearby to lend a dollar at my request as before.  Searching my brain for resources, I decided to do something for the first time in my life….ask God to supply a dollar!

Later that afternoon, my roommate made a quick request while she rushing out the door.  “If you’ll just finish typing this page for me, I’ll pay you a dollar.”  I couldn’t believe my ears!  I gratefully took the job and proudly handed that dollar to my professor the next day.

I learned an amazing lesson that day on how God could really supply my needs. Just as we use repetition to teach a child, God soon taught me another lesson. (And I was glad for the repetition of learning His lessons.) 

It was laundry day for the dorm girls.  My turn was coming soon.  And although the dryer was free to use, I lacked the measly fifty cents that encouraged the washing machine to do its job.

Within minutes of my turn to wash, a knock on the door became my biggest encouragement for the day!  One of the dorm girls, who had to go to work, was willing to pay the required fifty cents to run a load of laundry if I but washed a few of her items with mine. 

That day God provided just 50 cents, but it seemed as though it was the most meaningful prayer ever answered.  God knew that I needed that repeated lesson to really “get it.”  The first time I learned that God could truly “provide” for our needs.  The second time I learned that God really “cares” about our needs…even the little ones

There seems to be some false assumptions about prayer that actually keeps us from praying more. Sometimes we feel that we must have a big emergency before God will actually pay attention to our need.  Other times we feel that we’re just not good enough to deserve God’s blessings. Although we truly aren’t deserving of all His goodness, we fail to recognize that He is our “Heavenly Father” who loves us more than we can even comprehend and knows so much more about taking care of us than we do our own children.

My husband also learned a very similar lesson about prayer while in Bible college.  If I should have the opportunity to tell it, I would entitle it, “The Ten-Cent Prayer.”  God’s goodness and mercies are not reserved for only people of big importance.  Just remember, no need is too small and realize that “God is no respecter of persons.” (Acts 10:34 KJV)  He loves you and wants to bless you every single day.

 “Casting all your care upon Him; for He careth for you.” – I Peter 5:7 KJV

Rhonda White is a work at home mom who enjoys teaching women how to market their home business online. Sign up for your free membership at


Penny Zeller is known for her heartfelt stories of faith and her passion to impact lives for Christ through fiction. While she has had a love for writing since childhood, she began her adult writing career penning articles for national and regional publications on a wide variety of topics. Today Penny is a multi-published author of over a dozen books. She is also a homeschool mom and a group fitness instructor. When Penny is not dreaming up new characters, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters and camping, hiking, canoeing, reading, running, gardening, and playing volleyball. She is represented by Tamela Hancock Murray of the Steve Laube Agency and loves to hear from her readers at her website,, her blog,, and through her newsletter via

10 thoughts on “The Fifty-Cent Prayer

  1. Penny, thank you so much for the invitation to do a guest post for your blog. It was certainly fun to think back to my college days and how good God was to me.

    God bless,

    ~ Rhonda

  2. Rhonda~
    It has been a privilege to have you as a guest on my blog. You are an awesome writer and a wonderful friend. I’m thankful God allowed our paths to cross.
    In Christ,

  3. Love this post. My daughter is in her first year of college and is living this story right now. Especially in regards to car repairs and college tuition. Money keeps appearing from no where. She’ll call me and say, “God did it again, Mom!”

  4. Rhonda,
    I love your post! What a great reminder for us all how much God loves us. Thank you for sharing. Thank you, Penny, for having Rhonda on your blog.

  5. Thank you, V.V. and Andrea for stopping by. I love Rhonda’s post too and think she is a talented writer! I hope you both have a blessed weekend.

    In Christ,

  6. Thank you, V.V., Andrea and Laurie for your comments. It’s such a blessing to be able to share with others just how good God really is!!

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