Selling a House, or Lessons in Prayer, Part 2

In Part 1, posted on December 17, I described a yearlong process of praying for my family’s house to sell in North Carolina. I left off with this cliff-hanger: “God, it feels like we’re carrying the weight of this house on our backs … Please relieve us of this burden!”

On December 20, my husband and I signed papers to take our house off the market. Without an imminent sale, we needed to shift gears. So we began preparing to rent and refinance. But the next day, we received a surprise phone call from our realtor. She asked, “Would you consider leaving your house on the market for one more day?” Someone wanted to make an offer. Ours was an easy decision.

We’re set to close on our house in mid-February. Praise God! He did not fail us. I repeat the psalmist’s words:

I love the Lord because he hears my voice
and my prayer for mercy.
Because he bends down to listen,
I will pray as long as I have breath!

-Psalm 116:1–2, NLT

This miraculous answer to prayer has certainly fueled my desire to pray more, for bigger, better things—not necessarily houses, unless of course, you’ve got a house to sell. (My phone number is 555-555-5555.)

Seriously, though, I want to tell you about why you should commit to pray with us at The Seed Company. You will get answers. And therefore you’ll want to pray more: be it Bible translation, your church, your family or that house your neighbor is trying to sell.

Here are some teams who especially need prayer partners. Pick your spot on the globe:

Suryoyo in Eurasia, Bekwarra and Nyungwe in Africa, and a cluster of languages in the Pacific.

Thank you for praying with our teams! (And thank you for praying for the sale of my house.)

Johanna Fenton is a writer for The Seed Company.

26 Comments to Selling a House, or Lessons in Prayer, Part 2

  1. Eunique's Gravatar Eunique
    April 3, 2012 at 8:52 pm | Permalink

    Thank you for this post. I am trying to walk in faith, but just a little stressed about selling this house. The burden feels like so much. Your words encouraged me and reminded me that we serve a mighty, able and faithful God. Please pray with me that our home sells and the burden is lifted while blessing another family with a great home!

  2. Eunique's Gravatar Eunique
    April 6, 2012 at 6:47 am | Permalink

    Finally another is scheduled for today!! THANK YOU for standing in agreement with me and my husband! This morning our prayer is: “God, we thank you that we can trust you for a roof over our head. You promise this and you deliver! We thank you for our home, but we need to pass it off into other hands now, and we ask for your blessing in this process. We ask you to be our primary real estate agent. Bring us together with the right buyer, someone looking now for the specific criteria we offer. Play matchmaker, Father. Give us wisdom to make any changes in the home itself or in our expectation of price to bring this about. Give us creativity to look outside the box and to think of new possibilities. We trust you with this whole transaction. Act soon. In Jesus name. Amen.” Showing in 2 hours…

  3. stacie's Gravatar stacie
    April 13, 2012 at 12:11 pm | Permalink

    Your words are very encouraging I have been praying everyday for my house to sell for almost a year we have had a few showings economic times are tough, I pray God will relieve us of this house burden so we can move forward with our lives. Please pray with us that our house sells. Thank you

  4. Sarah's Gravatar Sarah
    June 16, 2012 at 3:47 pm | Permalink

    We have had our home on the market for over 17 months. We haven’t had many showings and haven’t had any offers. We need help praying. I pray constantly that God blesses us with the right buyer. Please keep us in mind when you pray. We have 2 little ones and want desperately for God to help us move on from here.

    • Johanna Fenton's Gravatar Johanna Fenton
      June 18, 2012 at 9:01 am | Permalink

      Hi Sarah, I am praying with you. These are very hard times. I am praying God pairs your house with the right buyer this month. Hang in there. We waited for 17 months. It felt like a long silence. God miraculously provided for us in other ways, even while we were waiting. Every day takes so much faith in Him! I pray God provides for you today.

  5. Eunique's Gravatar Eunique
    June 16, 2012 at 8:56 pm | Permalink

    Stacie and Sarah,
    Be encouraged! I am also still here surviving on faith. I have released my anxiety and fears and I am focusing on my faith on God’s power and provision. I believe what He has done for others, He can do for me and my husband. I feel better, encouraged and ready now for my breakthrough!

    Thank You Lord for being the center of my JOY and the source of our miracle! In Jesus name, Amen.

  6. michelle's Gravatar michelle
    June 26, 2012 at 8:54 pm | Permalink

    Hi Sarah, i know that my house will be sold very soon i trust in GOD that will happen very soon i been praying over a year and their is something even better for my family and i am gratefull and thankfull for my blessings THank you Sarah for Blessing all of us wiht your prayers :)

  7. Shawn's Gravatar Shawn
    July 5, 2012 at 1:51 pm | Permalink

    Thank you so much for the encouraging words… I have been praying now since December for our condo to sell, but I just haven’t had the right words “God please let this condo sell at today’s showing” just doesn’t seem to be working. But it is in fact a burden, it does feel like the weight of the house is on our backs; especially since we now have TWO mortgages (we had an opportunity to buy a house from a family friend for $30,000 below its value and couldn’t pass it up!). We have painted, replaced some of the carpet, and had the rest of the carpets cleaned to make it more appealing and move in ready. I am having a hard time trusting in God at this point becuase I just do not understand what people want? I become disappointed after speaking with my realtor after every showing because people’s expectations are just so unrealistic. The condo is for sale at $94,000 but people want a master bathroom, walk-in closets, etc…. like my realtor says “they want a Rolls Royce for the price of a Honda.” I really try to lean not on my own understanding, I recite the serenity prayer in meditation… I know I do not have control over this and I tell myself I have done all that I could and the right buyer WILL come – but trusting is very difficult when you only have $175 to last until your next pay day. Prayers please – not only for the sale of my condo; but for my faith and for the perserverance for my husband and I to get through this!

  8. Eunique's Gravatar Eunique
    August 15, 2012 at 10:27 pm | Permalink

    Praise report!! Our house FINALLY SOLD! Closed this week! TO GOD BE THE GLORY!! Stay encouraged, His timing was more perfect than I could have imagined than when I was in the midst of the process. He said that all things work together for good for those who love Him– and did they ever. Just moved to our new home– still amazed and humbled at His grace. Be encouraged and know that He is in control. Praying for all you on this blog! Your day is coming! :-)

    • Admin's Gravatar Admin
      August 16, 2012 at 3:16 pm | Permalink

      Awesome! That’s great news. Praise God – we can give Him all the glory.

  9. Tina's Gravatar Tina
    September 11, 2012 at 8:16 pm | Permalink

    I’m in the process of cleaning up what I’ve messed up…my life! I have spent many years disobedient to God and the culmination of every bad decision has descended upon me, or so it feels. I have been praying for financial relief from this house, yet I had to begin with what God says I am. House has been on the market for over 190 days listed twice. With this current listing I listened to the spirit give me the asking price. Thousands below our Original list price and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that.

    We had multiple showings within 24 hours of putting it on the market and a couple of offers to purchase. As we dissected the terms of the bids, they were not in our favor. I know all too well the ‘games’ that people play with contract terms in real estate. I also know that the Devil is a liar.

    My family is in need, and I am respecting that in the tongue is death and life. I work at remaining positive even when I can see the back of the fridge and a twinge of fear overcomes my mind. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. I call on Abraham, Isaac and Jacob to profess gratitude and ask for instructions in righteousness. My prayer is a simple one…Dear Lord, thank you for all that you have done and what you are doing now. Please continue to watch over, guide, bless and protect my family. In Jesus name, Amen.

  10. Busi's Gravatar Busi
    September 22, 2012 at 5:00 pm | Permalink

    please pray with us, my husband and I have been trying to sell our house for 9months now. I pray that We may be enlightened to what Gods will is for our family and be patient while waiting for the right buyer.

  11. Anele's Gravatar Anele
    January 29, 2013 at 4:26 pm | Permalink

    I bought a house for R560 k..the house has lost value and can only sell for R549 k..have made a loss in buying the house.I pray that God my help me sell the house soon so that I do not lose any more money. I have had 1viewing in one month. I pray for extra ordinary favor to sell the house soonest.Please pray with me.

  12. Jessica's Gravatar Jessica
    March 25, 2013 at 2:35 pm | Permalink

    Please pray with me and my family that our house sells. God brought us a wonderful opportunity to purchase another house with land. Now that we are carrying both houses, I feel I can’t pray enough. I trust in God that he will take this burden from me.

    • Johanna's Gravatar Johanna
      March 27, 2013 at 4:02 pm | Permalink

      Praying with you, Jessica, that God will show you His wonderful provision in a way that you can truly rejoice. God bless you. -Johanna

  13. Leah's Gravatar Leah
    June 21, 2013 at 7:24 pm | Permalink

    My husband and I got an amazing opportunity to build a house at a reduced price with lots of land in our dream location. However, our house has been on the market for three months with only one showing. The house is currently listed for $25k less then what we even paid for it in 2008. Plus realtors fees on top of that. I was at such peace at the beginning of the process trusting God, but now all of a sudden it seems I’m at a hopeless point wondering if He will come through. I was asked to be the new women’s ministry leader at our church , however I live 30 mins away ( our new home will only be 10 mins away! ) . A lot of other blessings and confirmations were given to us regarding the purchasing of the acreage and building this house , however I need serious agreement in prayer for our current home to sell. There is a Sheetz gas station that was built directly behind our home 2 years after we bought our house and that ruined the only showing we’ve had. Please join in prayer that we can sell this house and not go broke and be able to move on and do God’s will!

  14. Natasha's Gravatar Natasha
    June 25, 2013 at 8:51 am | Permalink

    Hi Johanna!
    I know it’s an old post, but I wanted to thank you for writing it all the same. I was looking for the right words to express my thought in a prayer and your writing really spoke to me.
    We are currently selling our house because we purchased vacant land to build our new dream home that would be smaller and more affordable for us. We have been 6 weeks on the market and had more than 20 showings, but not a single offer. We dropped the price and re-listed and I’m starting to despair. The burden of carrying the mortgage and the cost of the land is crushing me, but in the same time I felt bad to complain about it in the prayer, because my family is healthy and happy. I felt kind of guilty to ask for help in those terms.

    I really should know better. God always attends to our needs and we need to sell now.

    Thank you again! God bless you!

  15. Stephanie's Gravatar Stephanie
    April 29, 2014 at 11:02 pm | Permalink

    I’m trying to sell our home by owner, but its been awhile and not having much success. Had several people viewing but no has no credit to buy. We need to sell asap, have wonderful chance to move to a state that is better for my health etc. I’ve been trying to find a realtor, but not having much luck with one presently. I live in a very small town, houses aren’t selling and we are getting very frustrated and its causing some problems in our marriage. We live on limited income, social security. We are also dealing with other difficult situations. Please pray for us to sell our house quickly and esp. since we have a chance to move to a state we really want to be at. We have the house listed at a very low price, we pray that God puts either a family who needs this house or a realtor who can find either an investor of family in need of this property in our path very soon. We need all the prayers we can get as well as any advice. Please share anything placed on your heart, they we may need to hear. this is really a stressful and frustrating situation, but I know God can perform miracles and Blessings even in a difficult economy and small town.

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  20. November 25, 2015 at 10:20 am | Permalink

    We are in need of prayer and I know that when 2 or more are gathered in his name prayers are stronger. We have been trying to sell our home for 6 months now, lots of views but no offers. We don’t live in the house anymore, we live about 7hrs. away. My husband and I have going during this time to do some maintenance, some painting to change it up a bit but can’t afford to spend a lot on the house because we currently pay for the home we are living in, thanks to GOD for my husband that is supporting us because currently I don’t work and looking for a job which has been very stressful for me as an individual who was independent but, nonetheless, GOD has provided but we also need to sell this home to pay off the one we have and also because it is causing a financial strain on us with two teenagers. Please pray that GOD guide our Realtor in the right direction of the new owners of our home and that we sell quick. Thank you.

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