A Wife and Son Healed in That Very Hour – by Julia O’Carey

IMG_9096Matthew 8:5-13 tells the story of a centurion who came to Christ seeking healing for his servant. Upon hearing the man’s plea for healing, Jesus responded, “I will come to your home and heal him.”

Most would have been delighted at this offer, but the centurion said: “Oh Lord, I’m not worthy for you to come under my roof. Just speak the word only and my servant will be healed.”

As a result of his great faith, Christ healed his servant “in that very hour.”

Did you know God still works the same miracles today?

I met pastor Khin Mg Tin at one of our ASAP training events in Southeast Asia. In addition to the special training for pastors and Bible workers that we were doing, our team led participants in united prayer every day. This was a first-time experience for many of the attendees.

One day we had a time of special intercessory prayer to raise the specific needs of the attendees to God. Here’s what happened in pastor Tin’s own words:

“During this time of prayer, many workers came to the middle, one after another, requesting prayer. Some were in need of healing, and others were requesting prayer for family members back home.

“Finally I got up the courage to go forward. Two requests lay heavy on my heart. I asked for prayer for my son, Thoo Thoo, who had been suffering from a disease for 12 years. Then I requested prayer for my dear wife, Ruth, who had been suffering with arthritis pain for five years. After I had shared my burdens, everyone laid their hands on me and prayed. I could sense the presence of the Lord with us.

Pastor Tin with his wife Ruth and son Thoo Thoo.

Pastor Tin with his wife Ruth and son Thoo Thoo.

“Later I found out that in the very hour those prayers were being said, my wife, Ruth, suddenly felt free from pain. Immediately she said to our son: ‘What has happened to me? Now I can stretch my hands freely without hurting.’ She didn’t know that people were praying for her and Thoo Thoo at that exact time.

“When I returned home, I discovered the good news. In addition, our son, Thoo Thoo, also experienced healing. The disease completely left him, and he has not had any problems since that day.”

Don’t we serve a great God? Ellen White writes, “A few converted souls, uniting for one grand purpose under one head, will achieve victories in every encounter” (Testimonies, Vol. 6, p. 139). Truly there is power when we are willing to unite in prayer!

Julia O’Carey is director of ASAP Ministries which stands for “Advocates for Southeast Asians and the Persecuted.” ASAP is a supporting ministry of the Seventh-day Adventist Church that works primarily with training and equipping Southeast Asian national missionaries.

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Practical Application: 

We need faith like the centurion’s, faith that can stand on God’s Word alone. This is why we need to spend much more time in the Word and why we need to cultivate the habit of talking about our faith. If we give more expression to our faith, we will actually develop more faith.

This week we encourage you to take time to reflect on your thoughts and words. Are you thinking or speaking with doubt when you could be speaking and thinking the truths of God’s Word?

Ellen White emphasizes time and time again: “Talk and act as if your faith was invincible. The Lord is rich in resources; He owns the world. Look heavenward in faith” (Christ Object Lessons, p. 146).

In another place she writes, “Never give place to a thought of discouragement in the work of God. Never utter a word of doubt” (Evangelism, p. 633).

Imagine how different our life would be if we put a guard over our mouth and made “talking faith” and “thinking faith” the habit of our daily life.

Dear heavenly Father, You have given all of us a measure of faith. Help us to grow that measure and learn to think and speak faith no matter what is happening around us. Help us to trust Your Word. You are faithful. You will never fail us. We cling to You! In Jesus’ precious name, Amen.

Promise to Claim: Matthew 9:29