MP3 Download Link: The Prayer Motivator Devotional Broadcast #190
Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Psalm 80:18 which reads: “So will not we go back from thee: quicken us, and we will call upon thy name.”
Our prayer motivator quote today is from William Cowper. He said: “Satan trembles when he sees the weakest Christian on his knees.”
Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 3 of our series titled “ALTHOUGH THERE HAVE BEEN SOME FAKE PROPHETS, MANY SAINTS TESTIFY THAT GOD STILL HEALS IN ANSWER TO PRAYER” from Dr. John R. Rice.
Dr. Rice tells a powerful testimony of God’s healing in answer to prayer:
I once had a daily broadcast on radio KFQB in Fort Worth. I began to preach on prayer, partly because it came naturally in a series of messages on the Gospel of Luke; partly, I think, because I had gotten such a blessing from the little Moody Colportage book, “How to Pray”, by Dr. R.A. Torrey.
A woman in Oklahoma wrote me that her married daughter had been bitten by a spider and was desperately sick. Her life was despaired of; she had heard my radio messages and felt led to ask me to pray for her daughter. I did pray.
In two or three days a letter came saying that the afternoon I prayed the sick woman suddenly felt well, got out of bed and took up her housework. The decayed flesh had dropped out from the poison, leaving a hole, but at once it began to heal. My heart was greatly blessed by this incident, and several others where God gave me faith to ask for sick people to be healed, and then wonderfully answered prayer.
After that my own daughter, then 5 years old, had a sore throat. We carefully attended her at home, but when after a few days her throat seemed worse and fever ran to 105, we took her to our family doctor. He examined her throat, checked her temperature and pulse, and gravely shook his head. “John, I am afraid it is diphtheria. Wait here till I see.” He took a culture from her throat, smeared it on a glass slide, and sent it to the laboratory in the same building. Soon the report came back that diphtheria germs were clearly present. It was an advanced case. The doctor gave the little girl diphtheria antitoxin, had our home reported to the health department and quarantined.
When we returned home and put the child to bed, I said to my wife: “I have been praying for other people and telling them that God answers prayer, and now I am going to pray for my own. I want to kneel by this bed and stay here until I have assurance from God that Grace will get well, and that He has taken complete charge of the case.” She said she would do the same.
We knelt in prayer, reminding God of how we had given the child to Him when she was born, reminding Him of His promises, and telling Him that if He would heal her, we would praise Him and would give Him the glory instead of the doctor, and would earnestly try to raise the child for Him. Soon I felt assured that God had heard us. My wife felt the same way. We rose from our knees after thanking Him.
That afternoon the fever went down; that night or the next day it was gone entirely. Grace wanted to get up, but we would not let her. Then she asked to play with her dolls in bed, and they were given her. Now and then she would ask me, “Daddy, am I still sick?” I would have to say that I did not know — that I knew she would soon be well, and everything was all right, but I felt she should stay in bed till a doctor or nurse examined her.
We sent for the health nurse to examine her to see whether we should be kept under quarantine. The nurse came, was puzzled, said the child seemed perfectly normal, but since it was a proven case of diphtheria we should keep her in bed and the house would be under quarantine until the doctor examined her. The doctor came in a day or so, said the danger was passed and the child seemed perfectly well. He had the quarantine lifted.
I know that God healed my child in answer to our prayers. God may have used the doctor and medicine — I think He did — but it is certain that He could do it either with or without the doctor. I have never felt it dishonored God to use any means we could use in faith, if the dependence were on God. But God did the healing.
We will continue this series on Wednesday’s broadcast with another great testimony of God’s healing power in answer to prayer.
+ Plus, listen to Steven Curtis Chapman singing “Let Us Pray”