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.

Note: To view this week’s world church prayer requests, click here!

To download & print this blog, practical application, & prayer requests, click here!

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

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  • Gina geertsma

    Amen. What a wonderful works of miracle that God manifested to your son and your wife. The Lord is our healer and our great physician. We only need to kneel and pray and be faithful in His words. He is in control and even before we say it, He already knows what we are asking for. Thank you for sharing this experience to us.

  • Khethy

    Amen we serve a God of wonders may we draw closer to Him each day

  • N Bal4 – Sinner saved by Grace

    Dear Jesus please grant me the faith and trust in you as the centurion did. Let me not be doing a lip service when I talk to you but a heart service. Thank you my saviour. Amen.

  • Derek Morris

    Thank you for sharing this wonderful testimony! When we pray in Jesus’ name, miracles happen. We always pray standing under His authority and surrendered to His will, trusting that God can do abundantly more than we ask or think. To Him be honor and glory, now and forever, Amen.

    • Patience Boateng

      Amen

    • Vlasta Hitzgerová

      Amen

    • Victoria

      Amen

    • Gina geertsma

      Amen

  • Marilyn Fletcher

    Powerful testimony; thank you for sharing it. Truly a great way to start off a new week.

  • Fainah

    Amen

  • Pat Humphrey

    It’s so wonderful to hear real-life stories of answered prayer. God is still in the miracle-working business! Praise Him!

  • Beverley Joseph

    I am asking everyone to remember my family in their prayers. Specifically, please pray that my husband will recommit his life to Jesus, for my children to allow God to direct their path, and for me to gain victory over an emotional issue I have been dealing with for years. God bless you all.

    • cecily

      I ask for the same, please.

      • PNB

        Cecily, I pray for God’s presence in your situation with your family. God is faithful. Praise Him for the victory in the powerful name, character and person of Jesus Christ!

    • PNB

      Be of good courage. I have prayed for you, your husband and children. Families are important to God. Be ready for His blessings.

    • Thelma

      Dear Lord I pray with passion for Beverly and her family. You know Lord how much she wants them to commit their lives to you.Lord I am in the same position so I understand what she is going through. You Lord are awesome.There is none like You and there is nothing that is too hard for You so we place thede family members in your hands.We thamk you for hesring our prsyers Amen?

    • Letty Kaltonga

      Amen sister Beverley we are upholding you in our prayers, please remember my husband and my children as well in your prayers and same here with me I am going through an emotional issue as well. Thank you for your prayers and love you all. God bless

      • Beverley Joseph

        Thanks for caring

    • Eva Domingo

      I ask the same pls and healing for my sons injured left leg from an accident that God restored and fast recovery..My sons name Fernando Felicia Jr.
      Thanks

    • Linda

      This sounds like my family. Satan wants to destroy families. But Jesus has them covered. I lift all of our families up to our God and Creator. May He send His Spirit to us all to hide us. What miracles we will see as He responds to our prayers. He is not only the miracle working God of the past…He still works miracles TODAY!!! God bless you all. Amen

  • Dettie

    Thank you for sharing this experience. May we all keep our eyes on Christ for nothing is impossible with Him.
    God bless you all

  • Jerry Page

    Praise our Lord for His power and often interventions as we call on His name! The more we ask in faith the more interventions we will see to His glory. Help us all to intercede more and call out of eachh of us the prayers You need to unleash Your miracles in the Great Controversy Lord!!

    • BroWayne

      Thank you these encouraging words to pray in faith, believing Jesus, who ever lives to make intercession, not only hears us interceding but, because we have prayed, is free to move in ways He would not be able had we not prayed! The rules of engagement in the Great Controversy indicate that INTERCESSORY, PREVAILING PRAYER, is THE great weapon in this spiritual battle that allows the forces of God to push back the forces of Satan.

  • Annette Alleyne

    Thanks for the timely reminder that God is still in the healing business. Thanks too for sharing that real life story. Oftentimes we think of such miracles occurring only in the Bible but our God is still able to bring deliverance from sickness and disease today. Please pray for my nephew, a teenager, who is battling Crohn’s at this critical juncture of his life when he should be preparing for exams. As a result of his illness he is often absent either for medical appointment or feeling tired. Pray that God would not only provide physical healing but emotional and spiritual healing as well. Thanks

    • PNB

      I have prayed that God would be present in this particular circumstance and situation in your life, that of your son’s and your family. May God’s name be glorified!

    • Amy

      Dear Annette, I have included your nephew in my prayers but I also wanted to let you know about European Green Clay that deals with many things including Crohn’s Disease. If you want to know more about it email me at ayflores57@gmail.com

    • Susan Absalon

      Prayers sent for healing of your nephew. Miracles happen today as was in the application. The Lord is our great physician guiding the physicians here on earth. Prayers for your nephew to healed in God’s timing and the faith and patience’s to wait up on Heavenly Father, our Abba.

  • Jeanette

    Thank you for sharing this wonderful testimony. God is our health and salvation.

  • Rosalia

    Amen

  • Pearl

    Lord I give my young son to you. Let him serve you all the days of his life. Help me Lord to be a good mother & wife.

  • Michelo

    I am asking everyone too to pray for my family’s spiritual growth, that I get a job that will meet the needs of the many orphans I look after and other family responsibilities. I have very good academic papers to an MBA level that God gave me but cannot find a good job. Life has been so tough the past ten years, so please help me.

  • tsholofelo

    Thank you for such a testimony. It is testimonies like it which help many of us to move forward and exercise our faith. Our God still heals.

  • Romaro Black

    Hi I’m asking every one to please pray for my family and especially my brother who has court cases and healing for me…

  • Malcolm

    Prayer is the key that unlocks heavens store house. The perfecting fervent prayer of the saints avalith much.

  • Wojtek Janiuk

    Amen

  • Elizabeth

    Please pray for my closer walk with God my name is Elizabeth Edwards also for my daughter Johnelle, my son Kevin his wife and all my grandchildren that they will have a transformed heart to serve God and be witnesses for the Lord.

  • Phillippa

    Please pray that God will increase my faith. Urgent prayer for a dear friend who was diagnosed with cancer. He goes to the doctor today. Please pray that they will come up with a healing treatment plan. I am claiming God’s promise that by His stripes we are healed. Blessings.

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    A Wife and Son Healed in That Very Hour – by Julia O’Carey
    29 Jan 2016Comments: 37
    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.

    Note: To view this week’s world church prayer requests, click here!

    To download & print this blog, practical application, & prayer requests, click here!

    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

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