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Although There Have Been Some False Prophets, Many Saints Testify that God Still Heals in Answer to Prayer, Part 3 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #190)

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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.

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Posted by on December 6, 2011 in Prayer Motivator Devotionals

 

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Although There Have Been Some False Prophets, Many Saints Testify that God Still Heals in Answer to Prayer, Part 2 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #189)

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Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Mark 1:35 which reads: “And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he [Jesus] went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed.”

Our prayer motivator quote today is from Joyce Meyer. He said: “Build your faith on the fact that humble, believing prayer is powerful. Believe that you can pray anywhere, anytime, about anything. Believe that your prayers don’t have to be perfect or eloquent or long. Keep them simple and full of faith.”

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 2 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 gives a powerful personal testimony of God’s healing in answer to prayer:

When I was a boy of about fourteen, my father was seriously sick. We lived in Dundee, a little cow-town in West Texas. Long strain had so seriously affected my father’s health that a specialist in Fort Worth had told him he must be away from business and go to the mountains for months or he would die. When he went on with his work, the inevitable breakdown came, and he hung between life and death. The family physician called in the other local doctor; finally both said the case was without hope. One night they announced to my stepmother that my father would not live till morning; that there was no hope. I knew little about the Bible, although I had been saved. But I knew that God answered prayer. I think I may have read James 5:12-16. Certainly I had never heard a sermon nor read an article about divine healing. Yet my father was a devout, believing Christian, and I knew that he had often told of remarkable answers to prayer. As instinctively as a child asks his father or mother for food, I felt I must pray.

I went out to the barn, and as I passed the buggy shed I heard a voice; I listened, and my sister, two years older than I, was weeping and begging God to spare our father. I went on to the barn, knelt down in a horse stall and prayed. I came back into the house, and in the “front room” I heard someone praying; it was my stepmother. I went to bed and to sleep with a calm assurance that the doctors were mistaken, and that my father would live.

The next morning my father opened his eyes and look around him strangely. As I recall, he had for days been either half conscious or delirious. Now he sat up in bed and said, “Where are my pants?”

My stepmother, half laughing, half crying, said, “Why do you want your pants? You are sick; you must stay in bed.”

“I am going to town,” he said. “I am all right.” And he would not be denied.

He got up, dressed, and went to town, while my stepmother frantically called the doctors. After he returned to the house, the doctors saw him and marveled, said it was simply unreasonable, and went away dumbfounded!

Later my father went again to the specialist in Fort Worth and told him about the whole case. “Who was your doctor?” said the specialist. “Why, a country doctor, Dr. Robinson,” my father answered. The specialist then said my father was the luckiest man alive to have happened on such a physician, that not one doctor in a thousand could have done what that country doctor did; that if he ever had similar trouble he must go to that doctor, wherever he might be!

But I know it was not that country doctor but the Great Physician Himself who healed my father in answer to prayer.

It now seems to me most remarkable; then it seemed to me the most natural thing in the world that God should answer such prayers. In those days evolution was a joke with the people I knew. A man who doubted the Bible was a fool. God was real.

I do not remember that I told anybody about our prayers; I think God let me hear my sister and stepmother praying because He planned for me to tell it. How warm it makes my heart feel now to remember it! My father lived nearly twenty years longer to the glory of God.

We will continue this series on Tuesday’s broadcast with another great testimony of God’s healing power in answer to prayer.

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Posted by on December 5, 2011 in Prayer Motivator Devotionals

 

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Although There Have Been Some False Prophets, Many Saints Testify that God Still Heals in Answer to Prayer, Part 1 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #188)

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Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is John 15:16 which reads: “Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.”

Our prayer motivator quote today is from E.M. Bounds. He said: “God shapes the world by prayer. The more prayer there is in the world the better the world will be, the mightier the forces against evil.”

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 1 of a new 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 said….

Jesus said in Acts 1:8, “Ye shall be witnesses unto me.” There is a place for expounding the Word of God, but there is also a place for personal testimony.

In Dr. A.J. Gordon’s great book, “The Ministry of Healing”, are given many, many authenticated cases of marvelous answers to prayer for healing of the sick.

Dr. John R. Straton, late pastor of the Calvary Baptist Church in New York City, gives some heartening and stirring examples of healing in answer to prayer, true stories, including his own, in his book of sermons, “Divine Healing In Scripture and Life.”

Some of the most remarkable, miraculous healings are related by Dr. R.A. Torrey in his little book, “Divine Healing.”

Other marvelous healings are related in books and “China’s Millions”, published by China Inland Mission. Even though we cannot agree with all the doctrinal teachings of men like Dr. Straton and Dr. A.B. Simpson, and with some evangelists now living who make much of public healing services, yet those familiar with them who love God and believe in answered prayer will rejoice at their personal testimony of how God healed them in answer to prayer.

Not all professed healings really happened. The facts have been greatly exaggerated about many cases, and there have been many hurtful things about the modern movement which has big public healing services. Ofttimes it has seemed a racket to make money and exalt man, and has left many Christians in despair, since they have been taught that it is their own fault they are not healed. Yet despite the failures of men, both in doctrine and life, there are many well-known and blessed cases of healings, even miraculous healings, in answer to prayer, and in them every child of God can rejoice and can take courage. The evidence is overwhelming that many have been miraculously healed. God is the same. Jesus Christ is the same. The testimony of millions is that God has, in loving compassion, answered their prayers for the healing of the sick.

So I can say, I too have seen the answer to my prayers for the healing of the sick. It is both a duty and a joy to tell it.

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Posted by on December 2, 2011 in Prayer Motivator Devotionals

 

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Sin Hinders Our Prayers for Healing as Well as for Other Things, Part 3 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #187)

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Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Psalm 34:6 which reads: “This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles.”

Our prayer motivator quote today is from John Bunyan. He said: “Prayer will make a man cease from sin, or sin will entice a man to cease from prayer.”

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 3 of our series titled “SIN HINDERS OUR PRAYERS FOR HEALING AS WELL AS FOR OTHER THINGS” from Dr. John R. Rice. Dr. Rice said….

Mrs. Jonathan Goforth, famous missionary to China, tells in her book, “How I Know God Answers Prayer”, of remarkable answers to prayer, among them the wonderful healing of a Chinese woman’s little daughter with an enlarged spleen. But she also tells how at about the same time her own little girl was sick of the same disease, and despite all her prayers the child died. She said she could not explain the failure to get the answer to her prayer except that at the time she held a grudge against a fellow missionary, and she indicates that that sin may have withheld the answer her heart craved.

Dr. Charles A. Blanchard, in the splendid book on prayer, “Getting Things From God”, tells of a sickness of his wife that continued despite many prayers. Finally, it was decided she should have an operation as a last resort. Then, Dr. Blanchard was reminded of a certain coldness or neglect in his own heart which the Holy Spirit showed him was a sin. Earnestly he confessed his fault to God and at once there came a change for the better, and his wife was soon well without an operation.

Beloved Christian, if you want God to heal your body, first earnestly search whether there be sin in your life, unconfessed and unlamented and unforsaken. “Confess your faults one to another and pray one for another, that ye may be healed.”

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Posted by on December 1, 2011 in Prayer Motivator Devotionals

 

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Sin Hinders Our Prayers for Healing as Well as for Other Things, Part 2 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #186)

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Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Psalm 116:4 which reads: “Then called I upon the name of the LORD; O LORD, I beseech thee, deliver my soul.”

Our prayer motivator quote today is from Oswald Chambers. He said: “We do not pray at all until we are at our wits’ end.”

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 2 of our series titled “SIN HINDERS OUR PRAYERS FOR HEALING AS WELL AS FOR OTHER THINGS” from Dr. John R. Rice. Dr. Rice said….

God does send sickness because of sin, as is shown throughout the Bible. Miriam, Uzziah, and Gehazi were all struck with leprosy because of their sins. King Jeroboam had his hand withered because he attempted to seize the prophet of God. In the New Testament, King Herod was smitten of God and worms ate him because he took honor as a god. Ananias and Sapphira were struck dead at Peter’s words. Elymas the sorcerer was made blind for his sin in resisting the Gospel before the deputy, when Paul preached.

When Jesus healed the impotent man at the pool of Bethesda, He told him in John 5:14, “Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come upon thee.” When He healed the palsied man borne of four and let down through the roof, He said first, “Son, thy sins be forgiven thee.” Then later He said in Mark 2:5-11, “But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (he saith to the sick of the palsy), I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy bed, and go thy way into thine house.” And then, the man was healed at once. But his sins were first forgiven. That should teach us that forgiveness is far more important than healing of the body. But surely it also shows that often sins need to be forgiven before God can honorably heal the body.

We are told that in Corinth many Christians ate the Lord’s supper unworthily. They had divisions, some came drunk to the Lord’s table, some were guilty of even grosser sins. For this reason there was sickness among them, and some Christians died prematurely because of their sins. The Holy Spirit had Paul write them in I Corinthians 11:30-32: “For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep. For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged. But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world.”

So for a child of God sickness is often the chastening of the Lord. Every Christian who is sick or weakly should judge himself, carefully confessing every known sin and forsaking his own way in any matter that may be contrary to God’s way.

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Posted by on November 30, 2011 in Prayer Motivator Devotionals

 

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Is it God’s Will to Heal Every Time?, Part 3 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #174)

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Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is James 5:16 which reads: “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”

Our prayer motivator quote today is from Andrew A. Bonar. He said: “Oh brother, pray; in spite of Satan, pray; spend hours in prayer; rather neglect friends than not pray; rather fast, and lose breakfast, dinner, tea, and supper–and sleep too–than not pray. And we must not talk about prayer, we must pray in right earnest. The Lord is near. He comes softly while the virgins slumber.”

Our prayer motivator devotional today is the third and final part of our series titled Is It God’s Will to Heal Every Time? from Dr. John R. Rice. Dr. Rice said…

My mother died when she was about 28 years old. On her deathbed she made us promise to meet her in Heaven; had us sing “How Firm a Foundation, Ye Saints of the Lord,” and looking up, declared that she saw Jesus and her baby. And so, literally filled with the Spirit and rejoicing, she went home to Heaven. Was her sickness God’s will? I, who have missed her so much for over 70 years, feel certain that it was.

And every divine healer who teaches that it is God’s will that every Christian should have perfect health, sooner or later finds that sickness comes upon him, and sometimes with it the breakdown of all his faith, and even insanity. And the sickness eventually results in death even for the most spiritually-minded, the best Christians, those who claim sinless perfection and those who claim perfect health from God alike. “It is appointed unto man once to die,” and death proves that no man has yet lived (save Enoch and Elijah, who never died) who has attained either perfect health or perfect righteousness this side of the grave.

So, although Christ “Himself took our infirmities and bare our sicknesses,” and though Christ’s death on the cross did surely guarantee for all who are born again by faith that one day our bodies as well as our natures will have perfect redemption, we do not yet possess all that is bought for us. Healing of the body may not instantly be claimed in every case, as forgiveness of sins may be instantly received always by penitent faith. We are told in Romans 8:18-23 that perfect healing, along with the resurrection of our glorified bodies, is in the atonement made by Christ. But that “adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body,” certainly is now wholly ours until Jesus comes.

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Posted by on November 12, 2011 in Prayer Motivator Devotionals

 

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Is it God’s Will to Heal Every Time?, Part 2 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #172)

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Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is James 5:13 which reads: “Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms.”

Our prayer motivator quote today is from George Mueller. He said: “It is not enough to begin to pray, nor to pray aright; nor is it enough to continue for a time to pray; but we must patiently, believingly, continue in prayer until we obtain an answer.”

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 2 of our series titled “IS IT GOD’S WILL TO HEAL EVERY TIME?” from Dr. John R. Rice. Dr. Rice said…

Certainly it is not always God’s will to heal. When God promised in Romans 8:28 that “all things work together for good to them that love God,” He included sickness in His “all things.”

How much blessedness has come because of the sufferings of Christians! Stephen was martyred. If his bones could honor the Lord in being broken, could not ours, sometimes? If Timothy’s weak stomach was not healed but needed careful moderation and use of fruit juice, why may not Christians today sometimes have weak stomachs to the glory of God? If Job suffered, if Paul suffered, if Timothy had often infirmities, if Trophimus and Epaphroditus could be sick to the glory of God, then sometimes that may be true of you too. It was for the glory of God that Lazarus was sick and died. Then it was to God’s glory that he should be raised from the dead. But it was not to the glory of God for Lazarus to stay well, so again he died, as does everybody else, no matter how good he may be. Even King David said in Psalm 119:71, “It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes.”

Read the story of David Brainerd, the man of prayer, and see how earnest his prayer life, how strong his faith, how marvelous the answers God gave to his prayers, and then explain how he died of tuberculosis before he was thirty, perfectly content to go, assured that it was God’s perfect will for him, the best promotion he could have! Sickness, like all the other things that follow a sinful race, can be used of God for His glory and for our preparation for His service and for Heaven.

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Posted by on November 10, 2011 in Prayer Motivator Devotionals

 

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