Praying for Mr. C’s Healing – By a Pioneer worker in Asia

phonto-2My Adventist teammate and I know that prayer is powerful. Because of this, we always pray before going out on the street to share the gospel in the restrictive Asian country where we live. In fact, because we believe in the power of prayer, we really have spent lots of time praying.

But for a long time nothing seemed to happen despite all the prayers. We saw no breakthrough in our work on the streets.

As a result, we got a little discouraged and began to lose our way. How could we continue the pioneer work and church-planting plan when we saw no spiritual breakthrough?

However we did not have any other way to keep the work going other than prayer. So we continued praying, even though we saw no results.

One day as we were praying before leaving for the streets, a church member rushed into our house church to say her husband was very sick and had requested prayer. Her eyes filled with tears. We understood that the need was critical, so we changed our plan from trying to witness on the streets and instead went to her home.

Mr. C was very ill and weak. Our hearts were broken when we saw him. We prayed for him and sang some Christian songs. Despite his weakness, he smiled at us. In fact, he looked better after our prayer.

After praying with him daily for a week, he had improved enough to speak with us. We were praising the Lord!

Mr. C was not a believer when we met him. But today he has accepted Jesus, the God of his wife, as real and powerful. He is beginning to study the Bible to learn more about Jesus.

Seeing God’s hand in Mr. C’s life has reminded us that God hears our prayers after all. But perhaps He wants us to focus on the people who are closest to us first. While we will continue praying for a breakthrough in sharing the gospel on the streets, we have decided that the best place to start is with our church members and their families. We believe that another Mr. C or Mrs. C is waiting for our visit. They need to hear about Jesus and His everlasting gospel.

In Acts 16:31, we are promised: “Have faith in the Lord Jesus, and you and your family will have salvation.”

We must continue the work to bring more non-Christian family members to Jesus.

Editor’s Note: This is the testimony of a pioneer worker in an area of Asia where sharing about Christ is difficult and sometimes risky. While we cannot share names, please pray for the workers and new believers there, for God knows their names.

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4543060842_e4fdb33047_bPractical Application: 

Perhaps you have loved ones that don’t know about Jesus or don’t accept Jesus as their personal Savior. Maybe you’ve tried to share the truth and they’ve been resistant to your sharing.

May we suggest that in addition to praying for them, you ask God to show you ways that you can practically reach out to meet some need they have. Often we are encouraged to share bread or some special treat with our neighbors trying to build bridges and win their hearts, but what about our family, or backslidden members in the church. Instead of visiting them with an agenda to convert them to some doctrine or truth, why don’t you consider visiting them with a special gift, and telling them you just stopped to see how they are and ask what you can pray about for them. Listen and look for ways to reach out and meet a need, and allow the Holy Spirit to do His work.

Dear Heavenly Father, how our hearts ache for our loved ones to come to know You as we do. Sometimes we try and try to share the truth, and they still aren’t interested. Maybe we’ve been going about things all wrong. Instead of preparing a sermon to share next time we meet, help us to spend more time on our knees praying for them. Show us how we can love them, encourage them, and meet needs that they may have, and dear Lord, please give us patience as Your Spirit works on their hearts. We know at the right time and in the right way, You can open the doors for them to receive the truth. Thanks for hearing this prayer! In Jesus’ precious name we pray, Amen!

Promises to Claim: 1 John 3:18, Ex. 4:12