1 John 5:14-15 says, “Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.”I have mentioned in the past how Jesus visited me in a dream when I was only 4 or 5 and healed my partial deafness and speech problems that followed because of it. There was no hope for me in being able to hear or talk like a normal person, but Jesus healed me and I never doubted in faith in His existence and God’s power because of this. I want to offer you another story of healing.
More than 10 years ago, Mary suffered from a horribly painful stomach disease. Although she and her husband searched for a cure and spent large sums of money, several years passed filled with so much pain that she planned to kill herself. Then, Jesus spoke to her in a vision. She experienced God’s power to heal and knew she was called to testify of Him.
In the years since her healing, Sister Mary has walked in simple faith and obedience to Jesus by praying for hurting people in her community, like a man named Jona. This man was in a terrible accident and according to his doctors he had no chance to live. But not according to the God who healed him! Jona now serves as a pastor and missionary bringing people to Jesus, just like how Sister Mary reached out to him. He says, “I wanted to carry this good news the rest of my life and serve Him with all my heart.”
Today in a remote village in South Asia, as a result of one woman’s simple trust in God, hundreds of lives have been changed. I believe you’ll be encouraged by her video story as you reflect on the power of prayer and our God who is in the business of transforming lives!
Many people in my own culture seem to belittle prayer and seem to push aside the spiritual darkness that is all around us. I think in Asian cultures they are more aware of the darkness and are more open to understanding Jesus’ love and the healing power God offers to them than here. Their faith is able to grow more potent and I feel incredibly encouraged by the prayer life that Sister Mary has.