Jesus’ disciples asked Him, “Lord, teach us to pray.” They thought that Jesus didn’t pray as effectively or good as John did. Jesus prayers were too simple, too short. He didn’t spend a lot of time praying. They didn’t realize that since Jesus was “God in the flesh” (Jn. 1:14), every time they talked to Him, that was prayer.
Paul compared the Christian Life, empowered by the Holy Spirit, to running a race. I have a friend, Dr. Derek Duvall, who after Jesus healed his back and was Baptized with the Holy Spirit. Since then, he has successfully completed the most difficult of all races, the “Ironman Race” for the 40th time. Paul tells us that serving Jesus is like running most important and grueling race with perseverance. Jesus never said that following God’s plan was easy. He said, “If any man would follow me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.” (Lk. 9:23)
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I received a call from a woman who was in the hospital and was told by her doctor that she did not have long to live. Her esophagus had closed up so she couldn’t eat and her lungs were not functioning very well and she was attached to an oxygen tank. She had lost a lot of weight. She explained, “I have been harassed and possessed with a demon for many years. She was a Born-again Christian and had prayer many times to have the evil spirit leave her but it did not leave. She talked to her pastor who told her that Christians could not be possessed. She was left hopeless!
I received a letter from a man who came to our Welland, ON Meeting. He wrote,”I just had to tell you what I experienced when you prayed for me in January. As I fell under the power and blessings of the Lord, and as I laid on the floor, I envisioned the Lord’s hands holding the whole area of my pain. The Lord’s hands were so soft and warm and peaceful. And, the pain left!
Sunday was a day we will never forget….my husband and I received the Baptism of the Holy Spirit and spoke in tongues. There are no words to describe the joy we felt as we witnessed our youngest son and his partner invite the Holy Spirit into their lives too. We have all noticed a ‘difference” in how we react to things….how much more there is to being a Christian…It is truly awesome!
“THE MIRACLE OF TWO PERFECT PINK TOES” (MATT. 18-19)
A woman in Sault Ste Marie was hospitalized because her body had been infected with bacteria in her blood from infection in her feet. The doctor was going to amputate two or possibly three toes. She needed a miracle! Her friend wrote me a letter to ask God for a miracle. After praying with her on the telephone, the doctor, who does not believe that God will heal the infected toes, examined her feet. He used a scalpel to cut off the black covering which easily dropped off revealing perfect pink toes! As her friend explained, “Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead after three days these two small toes are a piece of cake for the Lord to heal her. ”With men it is impossible, but not with God; for all things are possible with God” (Mk. 10:27).
“THE MIRACLE OF HEALED KIDNEYS” (PS. 103:3; 1 COR. 12:9)
A pastor called on the telephone from Alberta. He explained, “I am really sick. My kidneys are not functioning. My doctor told me that I needed to prepare myself to die. I had to give up my ministry. I don’t want to die because I’m not finished with my ministry. I have a wonderful wife and children and grandchildren.” I reminded him, “Jesus is still in the healing business!
“THE HOLY SPIRIT IS FANTASTIC” (1 PET. 1:8)
A Chinese Student who is studying at York University, Toronto ON was referred to me by Christian friends who witnessed to him about Jesus and prayed with him for Salvation. He wanted to receive the Baptism of the Holy Spirit with speaking in tongues. We met at Tim Horton, where we prayed for the Baptism of the Holy Spirit and he began to speak in tongues (Acts 19:6; Mk. 16:17–18). With tears, he said, “Now I can return to China and be Jesus’s witness. This is fantastic!”
“SHE GOT ‘IT ALL" (ACTS 19:6–7)
At a Full Gospel Business Men’s Fellowship (FGBMFI) meeting in Owen Sound, I asked a woman in her 30’s, “What would you like to have prayer for?” She said, “I need it all!” I asked, “What is ‘it all’?” She said, “Salvation and the Baptism of the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues?” She received forgiveness for her sin and the Baptism of the Holy Spirit and fell to the floor speaking in her new tongues language (Acts 2:4).