I want to express my appreciation to all my partner family for helping me in the ministry this month. You are a blessing! NOW, IT IS TIME TO TAKE OUR FAITH TO THE NEXT LEVEL. Let me explain…
As I write this letter, I have just come from preaching at a powerful church in Ontario, California. The pastors were celebrating their thirty-first anniversary as pastors, and they invited me to speak, preach and pray for the sick in a mighty healing service.
I had studied and prepared a message, but just moments before I walked on the platform, the Lord spoke to my heart and told me to change my message. Then He said something to me that I will never forget: “IF I CAN GET IT THROUGH YOU, I WILL SURELY GET IT TO YOU.” I took a deep breath and quietly began saying those words… “IF I CAN GET IT THROUGH YOU, I WILL SURELY GET IT TO YOU.” Needless to say, I changed my message!
These precious words from God are still ringing in my ears and in my heart. I believe they contain a powerful message to us about how we can open up our lives to His resources, even during a down economy. Let this get down into your spirit, where it can build your faith in the power of our unlimited God to meet your needs, no matter what you may be facing right now…
When He told me, “IF I CAN GET IT THROUGH YOU, I WILL SURELY GET IT TO YOU,” He reminded me that the Bible speaks of two bodies of water—the Sea of Galilee and the Dead Sea. Now, these two bodies of water are most interesting, and I believe the Lord has shown me how they offer us a picture of what can happen when God sends something to us.
You see, the Sea of Galilee and the Dead Sea are both located in Israel, and both are hundreds of feet below sea level. The upper Jordan River feeds the Sea of Galilee from the north, bringing fresh water and sustaining the fish and plant life. I have been there several times. I have seen that refreshing water with my own eyes, and I know it is life-giving.
The sea then pushes the water south, where it empties into the lower Jordan River and travels many miles until it finally enters the Dead Sea. Now, the reason it is called the Dead Sea is simple—it’s DEAD. There is no life in the water because, unlike the Sea of Galilee, once the water flows in, there is nowhere for the water to flow out.
But the life comes from the OUTFLOW! So… Because the water in the Dead Sea has nowhere to go, it sours, stagnates, putrifies, and stinks. I have been there, and when you get near it, you can smell its foul stench. As my friend Marilyn Hickey says, “Yuck, yuck, and yuck!” It is as if God is saying to the Sea of Galilee, “If I can get the water to pass through you, then I will surely get it and the life it brings to you.” But in the case of the Dead Sea, He cannot get the water to pass through, so there is no life.
I believe this story is a picture of humanity today, especially concerning their giving to God. For many Christians, God cannot get miracles to them because they don’t allow His gifts, His seeds, and His words to flow through them to bless others. They are holding on too tightly to what He has given them, and they don’t share it. I’ll be honest here… Many partners of this healing ministry have stopped or significantly slowed down their giving, and I’m concerned about them… I’m concerned about anyone who is not giving to the Lord out of what they have to give, because it’s only through the outflow—through the sowing of our seeds in faith—that we can receive the harvests we need (Luke 6:38).
Some people are wondering why it seems as if they are not being blessed by God like they once were. Some aren’t giving because they think that what they have to offer is insignificant. Some have allowed their fear over the economy and all that is going on in the country to cause them to hold on to every dollar they get and not sow it into the work of the Lord. But I have said it before and I will say it again… I believe this is the worst thing a Christian can do.
If we are not continually giving out of what the Lord is giving to us, we can become like the Dead Sea, lacking the freshness, health, and life that comes from the OUTFLOW of what God gives us. But as we sow our seeds in faith, expecting good things from the Lord, that’s when His power can go to work in our lives. Now, this isn’t my idea… This is a GOD-GIVEN, BIBLICAL PRINCIPLE FOR GETTING OUR NEEDS MET! Let me explain…
The Bible talks of casting our bread onto the waters, and when we do, what we have sown will come back to us in many days (Ecclesiastes 11:1). In other words, when we give something in faith to the Lord, we’re not throwing it away! Our willingness to sow our seeds brings good harvests back to us after a period of time that the Lord determines. The Bible also says we are to cast our cares on to the Lord, so that He can care for us (1 Peter 5:7). So, when we sow something to Him, He responds with a harvest to help us in turn. John 12:24 says, Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain. In other words, even if you have seed to sow, it doesn’t grow into a plant that can produce a harvest for you until you let go of the seed and allow it to be planted into good ground.
I believe these verses and others like it are in the Bible to encourage us that God has a GOOD plan to take care of us as we continually sow our seeds to Him. And His plan is to take what we give Him, multiply it, and bring us a good harvest in His best timing. We can count on His plan because we can count on Him. He is faithful to keep His Word to us as long as we are faithful to act on His Word, believing and expecting miracles.
Let me tell you this… I have not stopped or slowed down in my giving, both as an individual and as the leader of this healing ministry. The truth is, I’ve stepped my giving up to a new level because I believe it’s time to sow for larger harvests than I’ve ever seen before. I am praying you will do the same thing, especially now when the need is great. Let me put it to you as plainly as I know how…
YOU HAVE A NEED, AND THIS MINISTRY HAS A NEED. You have personal and family needs that must be met. And our ministry has a need to continue to take the preaching, teaching, healing power of God to people in need all over the world. This is a critical time in our country, this is a critical time in your life, and it is also a critical time in our ministry. Let’s not be like the Dead Sea. Let’s be like the Sea of Galilee. Let’s sow with joy, as the Lord encourages us to do in 2 Corinthians 9:6–8, But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work.
Thanks in advance for sowing again right now, and as you do, I set my faith in prayer with you for every critical need you face. Let’s step up to a new level in our giving to God…setting our hearts to give abundantly and expecting abundant harvests for every good work He has called us to do as individuals and as partners together in this healing ministry. Remember what He said to me… “IF I CAN GET IT THROUGH YOU, I WILL SURELY GET IT TO YOU.” The greater the sacrifice, the greater the blessing… And if you have a heart to sow, He will put the seed in your hand (2 Corinthians 9:10). I am looking forward to hearing from you soon.
Your partner for miracles,
PS. Let this message from the Lord get down deep into your spirit… He has said, “IF I CAN GET IT THROUGH YOU, I WILL SURELY GET IT TO YOU.” I believe that’s a promise we can count on whenever we have a need to be met and a seed to sow toward our need. God cares about your needs, and He wants to meet them with His riches in glory (Philippians 4:19)… And He knows that your harvest will come through your OUTFLOW…through the SEEDS you sow out of what He gives you. If you take what He gives you and sow out of it, He will surely get you the seed you need to sow, plus an abundant supply for your own personal needs (2 Corinthians 9:10).
Partner, I want you to have a point of contact to remind you of God’s plan to meet your needs whenever you sow a seed, which is why I’d like you to call us at 918-495-7777 and request the ABUNDANT HARVEST CONFESSION CARD… This card includes Scriptures and confessions for you to pray over your seed-sowing to help you stay in faith and continually expect God for His provision in every area of your life. When you sow your seed into this ministry this month, sow it expecting a harvest, and then use the confession card as your point of contact to release your faith to God for your needs to be met. Let’s stand in faith together for miracles of healing, salvation, deliverance, finances, family needs, and every other area that concerns you, in Jesus’ mighty name!
What is on your mind right now?
If your answer is the economy…a debt…a job situation…challenges in your family…health issues… Believe me, you’re not alone… So many people are desperately in need of God’s help right now. And as the holidays approach, you may be feeling even extra pressure.
It may be tempting to put all your attention and energy into the circumstances you’re facing, especially when your situation appears overwhelming. But the answers you need aren’t found in your circumstances… Your answers are found in God.
The God you serve is a miracle-working God, and He can turn around anything that has been keeping you down. It’s crucial to look to HIM and see where HE is leading you. As Hebrews 12:1–2 says, Let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith…
Jesus knows where your miracle is located! He responds to your faith! That’s why I want to encourage you today to choose carefully what you focus on. No matter what you’re facing, don’t let your circumstances dominate your thinking. Don’t let your situation determine what you believe is possible for you.
Instead, keep your attention on JESUS! Put your faith in Him… He’s the One who can meet all your needs… He is your Source for abundant living (John 10:10). He can lead you right where you need to be for your miracle to happen. But you must stay focused on Him and pay attention to what He is saying to you.
I know that is not always easy. It takes determination and faith to stay focused on Him in challenging situations. You have to actively seek out God’s Word and His plan for you… The Bible says, Seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth (Colossians 3:1–2).
Even when your bills are saying to you that you won’t be able to pay them off… even when the doctor’s report is telling you there’s no hope and your body is reminding you of how much pain you’re in… Even in the worst of times, you must REFUSE to let the bad news get louder than the GOOD NEWS of the Bible.
What is the GOOD NEWS?
It’s the news that you are not alone… God has not abandoned you. He sent His only begotten Son, Jesus, to pay the price for sin. Jesus shed His blood for your healing…suffered so you could have peace with God…and rose from the grave so you might have eternal life through your faith in Him as Lord and Savior.
He cares about everything that concerns you, even the little things that you may have considered too small to bring to the Lord (1 Peter 5:7). He can heal, deliver, and provide for you…The Bible says He’s willing to do it. He wants to bring His healing, delivering, providing power into your life. When Jesus was asked by a leper if He was willing to heal, Jesus said, “YES! I’m willing. Be healed!” (See Matthew 8:1–3.)
When the Roman centurion asked Jesus to heal his very ill servant, Jesus said, “I will COME and heal him.” Jesus was willing not only to heal the man, but to actually go to him, wherever he was. The Lord was willing to interrupt His day to meet a need because the Roman centurion had come to Him in faith, believing.
(Now, if you read the story in Matthew 8:5–13, you’ll see Jesus ended up simply sending the Word, because that’s what the centurion asked for. But the point I want you to catch is that Jesus was willing to go the extra mile to meet the need that had been brought to Him.)
And Jesus was so moved with compassion by the sight of the widow of Nain, who was getting ready to bury her only son, that He raised the boy from the dead without even being asked for a miracle (Luke 7:11–15). Have you caught what I’m saying to you?
Jesus is WILLING to help you… right now… in the midst of whatever you’re facing.
Sometimes, we can lose sight of that. We get so distracted and worried that we may stop looking to Him. But that’s the wrong thing to do…
Do you remember how the apostle Peter walked on water? What a miracle! And it happened in the midst of a storm (Matthew 14:22–33). Peter and the other disciples were in a ship on the Sea of Galilee on a windy, stormy night.
I’m sure you’ve had your share of storms too… Maybe you’re facing a storm in your life right now. I believe this word is going to speak to you and your needs today…
In the middle of the night…in the middle of that storm…Jesus came walking on the water to meet the disciples. They might have thought they were alone. But the Lord hadn’t abandoned them. He knew right where they were, and He knew that their miracle was right there in the middle of the Sea of Galilee!
When the disciples saw Jesus walking on the water, they immediately thought they were seeing a ghost. (Men don’t normally walk on water, do they?) Naturally, they grew afraid, but Jesus told them not to fear. Peter said, “If it’s really you, Lord, and not a ghost, then ask me to walk on the water with you.” And sure enough, that’s exactly what Jesus did.
Now, here’s what I want you to catch… As long as Peter KEPT HIS EYES ON JESUS, he was just fine on top of that water. It didn’t matter that water doesn’t normally hold people up. A miracle began to take place, right where Jesus and Peter were standing. The circumstances began to line up with what Jesus SPOKE and SAID. Peter was getting a miracle…
Then, Peter did what we’re all tempted to do when things get rough. He got distracted by his situation. He began to pay attention to the wind and the waves. He started to think about the water. As soon as he took his eyes off Jesus and put them on his situation, he began to sink! Thankfully, he had the sense to turn right around to Jesus again and cry for help. And the Lord reached out to him, lifted him up again, and walked him back to the boat.
Partner, storms are going to arise in your life. That’s just how life is. But where you place your faith and your focus is going to determine what happens to you in the midst of the storm. I’ve reminded you that Jesus cares about you… He’s willing to help you…He can fix things even when you mess up like Peter did…And He knows exactly where your miracle is located…
So, don’t allow anything to take your eyes off Jesus. No matter what you’re going through right now…no matter what your loved ones are facing…no matter how bad things may appear to you… The answer you need is found in Jesus. He has the miracle-working power to turn your situation around for your good. He can do it NOW. He can do it in the future. You don’t need to fear when He is with you.
I want to pray with you in faith and believe God with you that you’ll
be in the right place at the right time to receive the miracle you’re believing for. Write your needs on the prayer form, place your hand over your writing, andpray out loud: “Lord, I’m looking to YOU for Your perfect answers to all my needs. I’m expecting miracles. And please provide for the needs of Richard and the Oral Roberts Ministries too. Thank You for blessing them and blessing me, in Jesus’ name!”
Now, send me your prayer requests as soon as you can… And when you do, please ask the Lord what seed-faith gift He’d like you to sow. Remember, your seeds sown in faith are so important to the work of this healing ministry…
And they are so important to your future harvests! I don’t want you to miss an opportunity to get your seed in the ground. First you sow, and then you reap… And I want to see you reaping harvests every time you need them, in every area of your life. That’s why I’m encouraging you to sow a seed today.
When you sow your seed, remember to look to Jesus… Because of Him, all the riches of heaven are made available to you (Philippians 4:19). It’s Jesus who makes it possible for your needs to be met according to God’s resources. As you keep your eyes on Him and as you continually speak His words of life over your seed-sowing, I believe you will see the abundance of God coming into your situation and overflowing into every area where you have a need.
I thank you for every seed you sow into this ministry… And I can’t wait to hear from you so I can hold your prayer requests in my hands and pray for you. Please let me hear from you as soon as you can respond to me. I pray blessings on you today and always, in Jesus’ name!
Your partner for miracles,
PS. I want you to have our beautiful 2013 Calendar, Miracles. It’s a FREE gift for you! If you haven’t already requested your copy, visit www.oralroberts.com/bookstore to tell me that you’d like me to send you the calendar. I believe you’ll be encouraged by the Scriptures, testimonies of people who have received answers to prayer, and reminders of how you are helping us share God’s healing power through your partnership. You are a blessing to me, and I thank you for your seed-faith gifts and your prayers!
As I write this letter to you, my faithful partner, I am thinking about all the needs you and your loved ones are facing right now… And as I think about your needs, the Holy Spirit is stirring my heart and I feel His anointing coming upon me to help you. I want to bring God’s power to you more and more…
I want to bring His power right to the part of your life where you need healing the most!
More and more, I feel the power of God moving down my arms and into my hands as I minister to you today… I feel His anointing right now in my left arm and hand. I believe His anointing is present where you are so you can reach out to God in faith at this very moment for His miracle-working power. Allow your faith to be stirred up as you read this letter, which I believe is a powerful word from the Lord to YOU…
Be encouraged today, because God’s anointing can defeat anything that has been holding you down! Isaiah 10:27 says that the “yoke of bondage” (the thing that is keeping you down) is BROKEN when God’s anointing comes into your circumstances. And that’s what I am praying for you today…
Acts 10:38 says, God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.
That’s what the anointing is for. It is a gift of supernatural, miracle-working power from God to YOU! When I feel His anointing upon me, I know it’s because God is equipping me to help you, just as He gave Jesus the power to set people free… His anointing is upon me so that God can use me to send His Word to you, because His Word can heal you and set you free… His anointing is there so He
can bring about good for you… and so He can deliver you from whatever may be oppressing you, troubling you, and keeping you down.
Your need may be in your physical body…in your mind and soul…in your emotions…in your finances…in your relationships…even in your relationship with God… But whatever you need, I believe His power is present at this very moment, as you read this letter, to turn around your circumstances for your good.
Believe me, I know what it’s like to need a miracle touch from God. You are not alone in your time of need! We’ve all faced trials and difficult times… Many times, I have faced sickness in my body and bills that had to be paid… I’ve had losses in my family…
Many is the time I have cried out to God and said, “Get me out of this mess!” I’m sure you can relate to that… I can tell you with a thankful heart that He has answered my prayers for help. I believe He wants to do the same for you…
God is GOOD to you and me in times of trouble!
So often in our lives, the devil comes against us… It may appear as though He has us down for the count, powerless… But by faith in Jesus’ name, we can be victorious EVERY TIME!
Think about that… Victory every time… That’s what I want for you. And I want it for you NOW!
It may be hard for you to understand exactly how much I want to see your needs met, but in the Spirit, I feel that I’m there with you now, right where you are, in the midst of whatever you’re going through. You and I are partners together with the Lord through this healing ministry… And that means you are not alone, no matter what you’re facing… I’m here to pray for you…
Now, if I feel that strongly about your needs being met, consider how much more Jesus Himself feels this way about you! The Bible clearly says that He is concerned about you… He is touched (feels what you feel and is moved to compassion) by your infirmities, sicknesses, weaknesses, and needs (Matthew 8:17; Hebrews 4:15).
Jesus knows exactly where you are, what you’re feeling, and what you’re going through… And praise God, He knows where your miracle is located… He says in 3 John 2, Beloved, I wish above all things that you may prosper and be in health, even as your soul prospers. That’s what God really wants for YOU and your loved ones! Let that scripture resonate deep down inside your spirit…
In a world of so much confusion and instability, it’s good to know ABSOLUTELY that God is one hundred percent for you. You can know and trust that He is for you because His Word, the Bible, says so. He cares deeply about you and He has ways to meet every need you have, in every season of life, no matter what is going on around you.
Speaking of the Bible, I have been led to do something specific for you. I’m sending you a portion of God’s Word actually printed in this letter and on your return prayer form. Notice that the words are in red, to symbolize the shed blood of Jesus on Calvary for your healing.
Partner, I believe these Scriptures are a powerful point of contact for you to release your faith to God as you and I pray for your needs to be met. So, read them aloud right now, and let them strengthen your faith in His power to bless you and provide for you even in the midst of what may appear to be the driest season of your life.
Confess these Scriptures over yourself and your loved ones RIGHT NOW by FAITH…Put your name in them to make them personal, because God meant them especially for YOU…
SAY THIS OUT LOUD….
God cares about my needs and He answers me when I pray! Many times when people came to Jesus, He asked them, “What do you want Me to do for you?” And when people asked Him for healing, He healed them. He will do the same for me (Matthew 20:32; Mark 10:36; Mark 10:51–52; Luke 18:41; 1 John 5:14–15).
God responds to my faith in Him. When people came to Jesus in faith for healing and deliverance, His response was, “Your faith has made you whole” (Matthew 9:22; Mark 5:34; Mark 10:52; Luke 8:48).
God can help me stay calm and confident in Him at all times. Jesus said, “My peace I leave with you” (John 14:27; John 16:33).
God is bigger than my biggest problem. He said, “Greater is He that is in me than he that is in the world” (1 John 4:4).
God is my Source, and He has more than enough to meet my needs. He said, “Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom” (Luke 6:38).
As you write down, email, or call in your prayer requests this month, BE ENCOURAGED! God is faithful to keep His Word, and He is faithful and
well able to take care of your needs. Let your faith be rooted deep in His Word to you, and trust that He will meet you right where you are today… Expect to receive His comfort, assurance, wisdom, and abundant help in every way!
Never forget… Lindsay and I pray for you and all the partners of this ministry daily… Even during times when I don’t hear from you, I’m standing with you in faith and believing that God’s good plans are coming to pass in your life. I’m praying for your loved ones too… I’m praying over everything that concerns you, and I’m asking the Lord to stretch His mighty hand into each of those areas to turn things around for you.
But I always look forward to hearing from you. I want to receive your letters, emails, and phone calls with your specific needs as they arise. So, don’t hesitate to give me your prayer requests whenever you have something to share with me.
Of course, please share with me your praise reports too. It means so much to me when I hear from you that your prayers have been answered. And your testimony can be a tremendous encouragement to other partners who are facing difficult situations.
I want to rejoice with you in your good times, and pray for you in your times of need. So, take some time to fill out the prayer form that came with this letter… Do it as soon as you can, and put it in the mail to me so I can hear from you personally about how you and your loved ones are doing, and what you need right now…
As you do this for me, I also want you to notice that on your prayer form, there is a place for YOU to mark that you are sending your very best SEED to help this ministry do a great healing work for God in the earth. You might be tempted to overlook it. But let me remind you why your consistent seed sowing—no matter what size your seeds may be—is so important to this healing ministry…
Without your seed, mixed together with the seeds of my other partners, everything I’m doing in bringing healing to the sick stops! Without your seeds sown in faith, this ministry can’t keep The Place for Miracles on the air to share healing prayer with those in need…Without your seed, the Abundant Life Prayer Group can’t pray for people in their times of need, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week… It’s your giving that makes it possible for me to mail encouraging letters like this one… minister to you in Healing Services across the country… distribute food in areas of great need overseas…and share God’s Word and His healing power in crusades around the world…
It’s only because of you and partners like you that I can do the work God has called me to do. And I want you to know I am so thankful for your partnership! I appreciate every seed you sow, no matter how small it may appear to you… Your prayers and your giving help this ministry to fulfill God’s call to share His healing power with people everywhere.
So, when you send your prayer form to me this month, please remember to sow the best seed you can give. Give what the Lord leads you to give… If He puts an amount on your heart, decide in your heart to sow it, even if you have to reach out to Him in faith for Him to give that seed to you.
Remember, when you ask Him for seed to sow and bread for food, He promises to provide those things for you (2 Corinthians 9:10). So, I urge you to put your faith out for Him to meet your needs and also enable you to have seed to sow into this ministry… The Lord can give you both the provision you need and the resources to give to this ministry as you continue to trust Him, obey Him when He speaks to you, and are faithful to sow the seeds you have to give.
So whatever you do, don’t stop sowing… Even if your seed is small, it can produce a harvest for you, according to God’s Word (Genesis 8:22). And when you give, it comes back to you good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over (Luke 6:38).
The Bible doesn’t say you only get a harvest if your seed is a certain size. Any seed you sow in faith can produce a harvest, no matter what size it is. The key is to sow regularly and sow in faith, trusting God as your Source, and expecting harvests from Him in due season. The more seeds you sow in faith, the more harvests you can receive…
That’s why I always encourage you to give as often as you can, whatever the Lord tells you to give, even small seeds if that’s what you have to work with right now. I want you to have as much seed in the ground as possible, growing into many future harvests for you, so that you’ll never be without some good thing coming to you because of your faithfulness to sow to the Lord.
And let me assure you that whenever you have a need, you can always call the Abundant Life Prayer Group, even if you don’t have seed to sow. We will always pray for you, whether you sow a seed at that time or not. We’ll even pray with you for God to send you what you need so you’ll have something to sow in the future. We’re here for you—no matter what.
Now remember—I’m depending on you! Thank you in advance for your seeds of faith, prayers, and support for this healing ministry. I’m standing with you in faith for the miracles you and your loved ones need right now… And I’ll hold your prayer form in my hand and pray over it—so send it to me as quickly as you can get it in the mail.
I want to hear from you right away… Let’s stand together in faith for your needs to be met and for miracles to flood the lives of your loved ones, the nation, and anyone this ministry has the opportunity to minister to, in Jesus’ name!
I look forward to hearing from you very, very soon.
Your partner for miracles,
PS. Our 2013 Calendar, Miracles, is now available for request. I will send it to you if you want it… So, visit www.oralroberts.com/bookstore, and request it. filled with beautiful photographs, encouraging Scriptures, testimonies of people who have received answers to prayer, and reminders of how you are helping us share God’s healing power with the world because of your seed-sowing and your prayers. The calendar is FREE to our partners… All you have to do is request it! Consider it a small gift to thank you for all you do. I call you blessed, in Jesus’ name!
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Have you ever asked the question: “Why me, God? Why am I facing difficult times? Why is it taking so long to receive Your answer to my situation?”
At some point in our lives, we all face something that makes us feel desperate…something that makes us realize we can’t solve our situation on our own. That’s why the Abundant Life Prayer Group is so busy… People need help, and they want the unlimited God’s delivering power in their lives.
I’m getting more and more prayer requests from people who have struggled for a long time. Some blame the economy… Some blame long-standing circumstances… Some even blame God. Some have lingering illnesses that aren’t responding to medicine… Others have been hunting for a job for months, without success… Or they’ve had financial challenges that just don’t seem to be going away, no matter how hard they try to get a handle on the situation…
In times like this, it may appear as though God is far away from you… But the Bible tells us that He is deeply concerned about the things that trouble you and cause you grief… You can go to God’s throne of grace in faith and boldness to receive mercy and help whenever you have needs (Hebrews 4:14–16).
As you wait patiently in faith for the Lord to move in your circumstances, I want you to focus on a BIBLICAL PRINCIPLE for receiving what God has for you. It’s found in Hebrews 11:6, which says, But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.
You must believe in your heart that God is a REWARDER of those who place their faith in Him for His Word to come to pass in their lives.
You may say, “Richard, what does that mean to me?” Well, it means the Lord has told you exactly how to receive His answers to your needs. The key is YOUR FAITH! (And He has given everyone a measure of faith already!) Even in the most challenging situations, He has answers for you… And even if those answers seem slow in coming, you can rely on Him to bring about your deliverance at just the right moment.
The Bible is filled with scriptures about God’s love and concern for you:
He loves you so much that He gave you His Son, so that through faith in Him, you can be saved (John 3:16).
His wish is that you may be healthy—spirit, soul, and body (3 John 2).
He gives generous harvests to those who sow seeds generously (2 Corinthians 9:6; Luke 6:38).
You can pray in faith according to God’s Word and expect Him to move mountains of challenges out of your way (Matthew 17:20).
He supplies all your needs out of His own riches, so you can rely on Him even when you’ve reached the end of your rope (Philippians 4:19).
These scriptures are part of God’s clear-cut plan to prosper His people and bless us so we can be a blessing to others. I know that sometimes when we face difficult circumstances, we can be tempted to doubt His desire to bless us. But don’t let yourself fall into that trap, because He always has answers for you.
He can deliver you out of the worst circumstances. That’s what he did for Job—a man whose experience is told about in the Bible—a man who lost everything, including his possessions, his riches, his children, and even his health… But the Lord restored him and gave him DOUBLE what he had lost! Job RECEIVED DOUBLE for his trouble…
And because the Lord is the same yesterday, today, and forever, HE CAN DELIVER YOU and give you a DOUBLE BLESSING, as He did for Job. No matter what you may have lost, the Lord can restore it and increase you even more. The key is to obey Him and trust Him, in spite of what you are facing right now…
NOW, CATCH THIS…
Job was no different than you and me. He was a husband, a father, and a businessman. His family depended on him. He had wants and needs, just as you and I do. And he faced the same kinds of challenges that you and I face today.
But Job had a relationship with God. The Bible says he was blameless and upright, and one who gave reverence to God and shunned evil (Job 1:1). In other words, he lived a lifestyle of obeying God. He knew God answers prayers. He knew the Bible law of sowing and reaping (Genesis 8:22). He understood that God REWARDS those who put their faith in Him…
I believe Job lived his entire life as a seed—obeying God, living right, and praying for his family daily. He knew God was his source of total supply. And he had faith that God wanted to bless him.
The Bible tells us that Job was doing quite well for himself… He had ten children, a large household, enormous herds of camels, oxen, sheep, and donkeys. He had MORE THAN ENOUGH… And everything seemed to be going smoothly in his life…
UNTIL… One day, the devil came around, seeking to destroy Job. And he tries the same with us today. He still tries to kill, steal and destroy those who live for God (John 10:10; 1 Peter 5:8). So it’s not surprising that he showed up to attack Job. He wanted to pressure Job so much that he would turn away from the Lord.
That’s how the devil operates… He tries to get us to stop planting seeds of love and faith during times of trouble. He tries to convince us to doubt and turn away from God… You see, if the devil can persuade you to let go of your faith and stop your continual seed-sowing, then you’ll be moving away from God’s protecting presence… And if that happens, you’ll be more vulnerable to even worse attacks from the devil!
Partner, I want you to be encouraged that no matter what you may face in life, even when miracles seem slow in coming, God is FAITHFUL to YOU! He has GOOD PLANS for you. He hasn’t abandoned you.
So, don’t give up hope. Instead, follow the example of Job and other believers who through their faith and patience have inherited the promises of God (Hebrews 6:12). When I say Job needed patience and faith, I’m not exaggerating. Job suffered a LOT of tragedy and had to wait before he received the DOUBLE RESTORATION of all he had lost…
Exactly what did he lose? Well, in the course of a single day, Job suffered a total catastrophe. ALL of his oxen (500 pairs) were stolen, as well as ALL of his 500 donkeys and ALL of his 3,000 camels. ALL of his 7,000 sheep were killed in a fire. ALL of his servants were killed except for the three men who came back to bear him the news of the disasters. And then, in a horrible accident, ALL of Job’s ten children died in a natural disaster that crushed the house they were in.
In other words, Job LOST EVERYTHING… He lost his life savings, his bank accounts and his 401(k), his real estate investments and his personal property, his employees and his businesses, his cars and trucks, and his farming equipment… He lost all of his family except for his wife, who soon grew so bitter that she told him to curse God and die.
Yet even in his hardship, Job worshipped God. No doubt he was thankful that he still had his health UNTIL… One day, he woke up covered in painful boils from the top of his head to the soles of his feet (Job 2:7). His condition was so disgusting and painful that he couldn’t do anything but sit in a pile of ashes and scrape his sores.
At that point, Job had ONLY ONE THING LEFT… HIS FAITH IN GOD. He had a choice to make. He had to decide whether he would continue to believe God and sow seed from his great need, or whether he would give up and walk away from what he knew to be true.
It’s the same for you and me. When hard times come, we have a choice. We can choose to trust God in spite of the hard times we’re facing. Or we can be “fair weather friends” to the Lord, only serving Him when things are good but giving up on Him when things get bad. However, if we turn away from God, then we cut ourselves off from the Source of all good things at the very time when we need Him the most…
Can you see how important it is to hold on to your faith and keep sowing seed? No matter what you may be facing, God is your Source for miracles, blessings, healing, deliverance, financial help, family restoration, and anything else you need. He has riches in glory for you, but you have to stay connected to Him and keep planting seeds if you want to receive those riches (Philippians 4:19).
You have to hold on to God, no matter what. Remember, Job was struggling greatly in his life, but he stayed connected to God. Even when his friends criticized him and unjustly accused him of sins that he didn’t commit (because they thought he must have done something wrong to be suffering so much), Job kept looking to God. Eventually, he sowed a seed by praying for his friends. That was the only seed he had left to sow! He had nothing else…
The Bible says that when Job planted that seed of love, forgiveness, and prayer for his friends, God delivered him (Job 42:10–13). Because Job kept an attitude of faith and patience, and because he continued to sow seed out of his need, God took the entire situation and turned it around in Job’s favor. Everything he lost was completely restored to him—TWICE AS MUCH as before.
Now, what does that mean to you? It means that God has already given you the plan for deliverance out of whatever you are facing. In your hands, you hold the ultimate weapon to defeat the enemy and be victorious… I’m talking about YOUR FAITH in God and YOUR SEED!
The devil wants to keep you from sowing your seeds of faith and love because it’s a weapon to defeat him. The Bible says love never fails, and faith works by love, so your love and your faith can move mountains out of your way! The devil knows that the only way he can gain continuing power over you is when you let go of your faith, love, and patience and stop planting your seeds…
You see, as long as you obey God and keep standing in faith, there’s nothing the devil can do to stop God’s Word from coming to pass in your life. Every time you sow a new seed, you step into position to reap a new harvest from the Lord in due season (Galatians 6:9).
When is your due season? It’s when your circumstances line up with God’s perfect timing for you. Your due season for a harvest can only come as you consistently plant your seeds in faith, trusting God to keep His Word, which says: Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over… (Luke 6:38).
I have literally depended upon God’s principle of seed-time and harvest throughout my life. I’ve given and expected to receive from God, even when I felt like the devil was about to totally destroy me. And God has always been faithful to keep His Word to give me a harvest in His due season for me.
He has done the same for others too… He delivers His children out of the worst kinds of messes… people like my partner Dorsha from Ohio… She was trying to sell her house, which had decreased greatly in value because the housing market was so bad. The deals she had with various buyers kept falling through until she felt the Lord leading her to sow a seed into this ministry as her point of contact to release her faith for the miracle she needed. Within a few weeks, she had a new buyer, and the sale went through on the very day the bank was scheduled to foreclose on her. Her mortgage is paid off, and she is debt-free! It looked impossible, but nothing is impossible with God (Luke 1:37).
And because God is no respecter of persons, He can move in your situation just as miraculously as He moved for Job and also for Dorsha… That’s why I’m calling for a special PRAYER OF PROVISION DAY on The Place for Miracles on October 1. On that day, Lindsay and I will pray a very special, Holy Spirit anointed prayer for you and your loved ones—the kind of life-changing prayer that my father, Oral Roberts, prayed in his tent crusades when healings, miracles, and deliverances broke out among the people! Lindsay and I will especially pray for those who are in need of jobs, business opportunities, mortgages paid off, tuition payments, and any other financial needs you have right now.
Let’s stand in faith together against the economic problems that the devil is trying to throw at us and our nation! Send me your Prayer Requests quickly, because I want to have them in time for the PRAYER OF PROVISION DAY on October 1…
I also challenge you to sow a very special seed gift of your faith, representing who you are to God… Do it as your point of contact to reach out to Him for the provision you need… Sow it in faith, expecting a harvest that will DOUBLY RESTORE anything you may have lost in your life. Obey the Lord completely, and give the very best seed you are led to sow right now. Remember, when you give generously, He gives back generously (2 Corinthians 9:6).
To help you connect to God’s plan to bless you, I have a special gift for you. When you send in your seed-faith gift this month, I’ll send you my father’s most requested book, The Miracle of Seed-Faith. In it, my father shares what God showed him about the power of giving and receiving. I believe it will open your eyes to the power God has to meet your every need, no matter how your circumstances appear or what negative reports the world is giving you.
I’m standing in faith with you for the DOUBLE BLESSING of PROVISION that I believe God has for you as my partner. I know God can multiply you and meet your needs abundantly. I encourage you to sow whatever God leads you to give, so you can get your next harvest in motion TODAY!
I look forward to hearing from you very, very soon.
I can’t wait to hear from you as soon as you can respond to this letter!
Your partner for miracles,
PS. No matter what you’re facing… No matter how long you’ve been waiting to receive your healing, your job, family restoration, or whatever you may need… God has a perfect PLAN of DOUBLE BLESSING for your life. I want to pray for you! Tune in to The Place for Miracles on October 1 for our PRAYER OF PROVISION DAY. Send in your prayer requests right away, and sow your special DOUBLE BLESSING SEED in faith, believing for God’s best harvest for you. He will be faithful to respond to your prayers and seeds sown in faith to Him!
At only 29 years old, I was given a death-sentence.
I was in a car accident in the fall of 2010 that left me in a lot of pain. I went to the doctor for an MRI, which revealed an unexpected and devastating diagnosis—cancerous lesions on my spine. I am only twenty-nine years old, and my wife and I have three small children. Our world was absolutely turned upside-down.
The bad news kept coming. I went to a specialized cancer center for more testing and they found a nodule on my lung. The results of my PET scans were crushing. Doctors told me they needed to operate on me immediately to determine exactly what kind of cancer I had, what stage it was in, and whether it was even treatable.
Shortly after that invasive and painful surgery, I heard that Richard Roberts was coming to my church—Christian Outreach Center in Ft. Myers, Florida. I was in so much pain that I could barely walk, and I couldn’t dress myself, but I could hardly wait to get to church that night.
After Richard preached, he laid hands on over 500 people, and it was just awesome. There was a very powerful anointing flowing, and when he laid his hands on me and prayed, it felt like electricity going through my body. I knew I was healed.
On the Tuesday after the service, my miracle was confirmed. Tests revealed there was no cancer in my body. I am cancer-free! I give God all the glory! Thank you, Richard and Lindsay, for using your anointing to help others!
- Making Room in Your Life for the Miraculous by Richard Roberts
- Is Your Faith Active? by Lindsay Roberts
- How to Live a Blessed and Happy Life a classic message by Oral Roberts
Does the miracle you need from the Lord seem slow in coming? Has a loved one been believing for their healing, only they haven’t received it yet? Perhaps you’ve seen others waiting for God’s answer to their situation, and you’ve wondered why it is taking so long.
Every day, I hear from people who are struggling to hold on to God for answers. Many have been praying and believing God for weeks, months, even years… At first, they were full of hope, but now they are at the point of giving up. They are afraid that their answer will never come, or that there is something wrong with their faith because their miracle seems slow in coming.
It may appear as though God has forgotten you or your loved ones, but He hasn’t! He never forgets His children…and He has a GOOD plan for you…
Let me encourage you right now… It’s NEVER too late for a miracle!
You may say, “But I’ve asked God for a miracle already. I’ve asked so many times but I still haven’t received an answer!” Maybe you want to be sure that when you pray, you get answers. READ THIS LETTER CLOSELY, because this word from the Lord is for YOU…
If you want a miracle or an answer from the Lord, you must KEEP EXPECTING until you RECEIVE…even if it takes a while (Galatians 6:9). You can’t afford to give up on Him or throw away your prayers…especially when your answer could be right around the corner.
Yes, it’s true that miracles can come instantly. But often, they come over a period of time and with the building up of your faith. One of our partners told me that she held onto a word of knowledge from the Lord I had given for six months before she saw her miracle begin to take place. But the key is, she HELD ON! She took hold of that word and refused to give up until her miracle arrived.
As your partner, I’m here to help you to stand strong and hold onto God until you receive what you need from Him. I want you to allow this word from the Lord to be rooted deep into your spirit… As you read this letter, let it build up your faith that God ALWAYS has grace and strength for you in your time of need.
Pay close attention here… You must stay focused on what matters MOST… And when you need God’s touch in your life, what you need MOST is to RECEIVE what you need… God will move in your situation at the right time… Keep expecting Him to take care of you as He has promised!
For He has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5). He has said, “Cast your cares onto Him, because He cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7). As you put yourself in His hands and obey Him, He is with you in trouble and will show you His saving power in every area of your life (Psalm 91:15–16). So, don’t quit expecting God to help you, even if your miracle seems slow in coming…
Now, you may say, “Richard, how do I stay strong in faith and keep expecting my miracle when it seems delayed? And how do I receive answers to prayer as soon as possible?” Let me share with you the wisdom that the Lord has given me for you today…
1. Pray and stand in faith based on what God says.
Most of us already know God has something GOOD for us. That’s why we ask Him to send good things our way. But we may not always feel confident that He’ll do what we’re asking Him to do.
However, when you know what the Bible says, you can be bold in your prayers because God keeps His Word, which 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 (1 John 5:14–15). When you ask Him to do what He has already promised in the Bible, then you can boldly keep believing Him and expecting the answer you need, because He will do what He said.
Now… What if you don’t know what He has said about your situation?
That means it’s time to dig into your Bible and find out what it says about you. If you’ve never done that before, we have resources to help you on our website, www.oralroberts.com. We have books, CDs, and DVDs to help you learn encouraging, healing scriptures. Tune in to The Place for Miracles on TV or online to hear Bible teaching that will help you determine how to pray for your needs according to what God’s Word says.
2. Encourage yourself in the Lord while you wait.
Often, when we are waiting for an answer to prayer, we can get worn down in our faith and start to lose the enthusiasm we had. However, your FAITH is the way you connect to God’s power… So, you can’t afford to let go of the expectation that God is sending you His answer in due time…
As you wait for the answer to your prayers to take root in your life, do the things that encourage you to boldly trust the Lord… Listen to testimonies of other people who have received miracles. Praise the Lord for who He is and what He has already done for you. Keep praying in faith for the answers you need.
And remember… You can always call the Abundant Life Prayer Group—24 hours a day, 7 days a week—and ask our anointed prayer partners to encourage you in your faith. They’ll do that, and then they’ll pray with you for your needs to be met by our unlimited God!
3. You may need more than one touch from the Lord.
Do you recall the healing of the man who was born blind (Mark 8:22–26)? Jesus prayed for him, touched his eyes, and asked, “Do you see now?” The man said, “I can see people, but they look like walking trees.” In other words, his vision wasn’t completely healed. So Jesus touched the man’s eyes AGAIN. It took more than one touch from the Lord for the man’s full healing to manifest.
Sometimes, it takes more than one touch from God to receive the fullness of what you need. Don’t get discouraged when that happens. The God you serve is GOOD, and He desires to work in your life! Keep pressing in to Him until you receive… Keep on asking and it will be given you; keep on seeking and you will find; keep on knocking [reverently] and [the door] will be opened to you. For everyone who keeps on asking receives; and he who keeps on seeking finds; and to him who keeps on knocking, [the door] will be opened (Matthew 7:7–8 Amplified).
4. Let God determine the timing when He sends your miracle to you.
When Jesus’ friend Lazarus became ill, his sisters, Mary and Martha, called for Jesus to heal him (John 11:1–44). Jesus heard their request and He definitely had a good response planned for them… But He didn’t show up when Mary and Martha expected. They thought He’d arrive while Lazarus was alive, but Jesus came three days after his friend died and was placed in a tomb.
Well, if anything looked like bad timing, that was it! Mary and Martha thought it was too late for a miracle. But when Jesus arrived, even death couldn’t hold back the force of God’s miracle-working power, and Lazarus was raised from the dead.
Remember Joseph? He was in prison for years… At times, he must have wondered why God hadn’t delivered him yet. But there was a SPECIFIC TIMING involved in his miracle! If he had been released too soon, he wouldn’t have been in position to interpret the Pharaoh’s dream. He wouldn’t have become the overseer of Egypt’s grain supplies… And he never would have been reconciled with his brothers or able to take care of his family during the time of famine…
When you find yourself tempted to grow discouraged, weary, or angry at the Lord—RESIST! It may seem natural to give in to those thoughts and feelings when you’re in need, but it’s the worst thing you could do! If you give up or shut God out, you can’t tap into His delivering power. It’s only as you keep your faith switched on that His power can flow to you.
5. Get rid of any roadblocks to receiving your miracle.
The Bible says that God desires us to be whole in spirit, soul, and body (3 John 2). But sometimes, before you can receive an answer in one area of your life, you must deal with something in another area first.
There may be something the Lord has asked you to do, and if you haven’t yet obeyed Him, He can’t bring you past that point to the miracle you need. If the Lord has told you to do something, obey Him! It may be the key to opening up your life to His power.
Maybe you need to sow a seed so God can use it to produce the harvest you’re believing for. Or maybe you haven’t let go of an old hurt or offense, and it’s hindering you from taking hold of what God has for you. You might need to forgive someone so that your soul can be healed before God’s healing power can take hold in your body.
If you know of something that might be blocking God’s power from making you whole, then repent to the Lord and ask for His help. Obey Him and believe for His power to come into your situation, now that nothing is blocking its flow.
6. Find a faith partner to stand in agreement with you!
There are times when we need someone to partner with us in faith… someone who will walk alongside us and help lift us up to the Lord. In Mark 2:1–12, when four men lowered their sick friend through a rooftop to where Jesus was ministering, the Bible says that Jesus saw their faith—the faith of the four friends—so He healed the man of his paralyzed condition. Thank God the sick man had friends who refused to give up on his healing!
I want you to know that I refuse to give up on the answers you need from God. As your partner in faith for miracles, I want to stand with you in agreement for your breakthrough to begin, and I won’t come out of my prayer agreement with you until you receive your miracle from the Lord.
When you send in your Prayer Request form this month, use it as a point of contact to reach out to God in faith for what you need. Write down your prayer requests. Tell me specifically what miracles you are believing God to do for you… Get specific about the answers you need from Him.
Partner, as soon as you have done that, I want you to place your hand on your Prayer Request form and say this prayer in faith:
“Lord, I believe You want me healthy, whole, and prospering in every area of my life—spirit, soul, and body—according to Your Word in 3 John 2. Now, I boldly ask You to send me the miracles and answers to prayer that I have listed here for Richard, who will agree with me in prayer. I trust You RIGHT NOW to send Your MIRACLE-WORKING POWER into my situation… I will keep expecting You to help me, and I will not give up on my faith until I see Your salvation, healing, and deliverance in my life!”
Now that you have prayed in faith, send your Prayer Request form to me as soon as you can get it in the mail. I’ll pray over your needs, and we’ll believe God together for the best answers to your situation in His best timing for you!
And when you do this… Remember to do ONE MORE THING that can help you receive what you need from the Lord…
7. Sow your seed for the harvest you need!
You may have already sown a seed toward the miracle or answer you need from the Lord… But it never hurts to keep sowing seeds. In fact, it’s just the opposite! Continuous seed-sowing puts you in position to receive continuous harvests. If you ask a farmer how to grow a large crop, he’ll tell you… “You have to plant more than one seed.”
The more seeds you plant, the more harvests you can have down the road. Use the seed you plant TODAY as a second point of contact to release your faith to God for your needs to be met. I challenge you to sow a SIGNIFICANT seed… If you step out in faith and sow what God is telling you to sow, then His Word promises you will reap a harvest, according to 2 Corinthians 9:6–8, which says…
He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make ALL GRACE abound toward you, that you, always having ALL SUFFICIENCY in all things, may have an ABUNDANCE for every good work.
I believe that’s the God-given secret for receiving what you need from the Lord in ABUNDANCE… As you cheerfully sow in faith what you have to give—prayers, a smile, a kind act, and of course, your financial SEEDS—God promises to send ALL His grace into your life, giving you ALL the sufficiency you need, and providing for you ABUNDANTLY in every good work you’re doing.
As you sow your seed and send in your prayer requests this month, I am standing with you in faith as your partner and praying that God will supply you with seed for sowing, bread for food, harvests of good things, and richness in your walk with Him, so you’ll overflow in miracles, answers, and thankfulness to Him.
I can’t wait to hear from you as soon as you can respond to this letter!
Your partner for miracles,
PS. I have a GIFT to help you as you wait expectantly on the Lord for His answers. When you sow your seed this month, be sure to ask for I Need a Miracle (if you haven’t already requested it). In this powerful DVD, I share healing Scriptures, a faith-building word from the Bible, and pray for you where you’re hurting and need a miracle touch from the Lord. And you’ll see real-life stories from people like you who have received miracles too. As you watch this DVD, let it build your faith to reach out to the Lord for the miracles you need right now.
When you’re facing a situation that looks impossible, where do you turn for answers? Where does your help come from? That’s the question that David—who was a man after God’s own heart—asked. He wrote, From whence comes my help? My help comes from the Lord, Who made heaven and earth (Psalm 112:1–2).
The Source for the answers you need is JESUS! Colossians 2:3 says that in Him are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. He has answers for whatever you may face, and I believe He wants to give you His best solution for the situation you’re in… He wants you healed and whole in every fiber of your being—spirit, soul, and body!
Sometimes it doesn’t feel that way. Sometimes, our situation looks so bad that we think God doesn’t see what is going on. You may feel like He has forgotten you, but let me assure you that He hasn’t. He has a miracle just for you…
TODAY, I have a word to help you be strong in the Lord until your answer comes… So, take hold of what is in this letter by faith, and reach out to the Lord in boldness and obedience to receive His life-changing touch!
Many times, as we reach out to God for miracles, what we need most is a WORD from Him! His WORD is life to those who find it, and health to all their flesh (Proverbs 4:22)… It will not return void, but it shall accomplish what it has been sent to do (Isaiah 55:11)… His WORD is proven and trustworthy (Psalm 18:30)… It’s a lamp to your feet and a light to your path (Psalm 119:105).
To say it another way… Miracles happen when we hear the WORD of the Lord, receive it and obey it in faith, and expect to see it come to pass!
We see this happen throughout the Bible from Genesis to Revelation… When people stood up in faith and believed God ACCORDING TO HIS WORD, they received healing, salvation, deliverance, restoration, wisdom, favor, and other miracles and blessings. There is life for YOU in His Word!
The truth about who God is, who you are as His child, and what He has for you is found in the Bible. As you learn about Him and put your faith in His Word, His power for miracles can begin to flow into every area of your life…even those areas where it seems impossible right now for things to turn around for good.
Remember, nothing is impossible with the Lord! He can bring about a complete breakthrough for you, even in the most difficult circumstances. But you must take hold of the Word He sends you, and ACT on it in FAITH if you want to unleash the power of God in your life.
Do you remember what happened to Naaman? He was a Syrian general who had leprosy, and he didn’t think there was any cure for him until he heard from one of his servants that the prophet Elisha, a man of God, had a healing ministry.
Immediately, Naaman went to Elisha, because he knew he needed a miracle… He expected that the prophet would minister to him personally. But Elisha sent him a message instead, saying that Naaman should dip seven times in the Jordan River to receive his healing (2 Kings 5:10).
Now, that message wasn’t Elisha’s plan… It was a WORD from the Lord! You see, God knew EXACTLY where Naaman’s miracle was located. It wasn’t in Elisha’s house, or his front yard, or the road leading from Syria to Israel. It wasn’t even in the Jordan River where He told Naaman to go.
Catch this… Naaman’s miracle was located in his willingness to humble himself, BELIEVE GOD, and OBEY the word of the Lord!
By telling Naaman to dip in the river, God was trying to get him to DO something to RELEASE HIS FAITH. At first, Naaman didn’t see it that way. He got insulted, stormed off, and almost missed his healing because it didn’t come to him the way he thought it would. He almost rejected his miracle. Thankfully, his men talked him into doing what Elisha said. And…When Naaman obeyed the word of the Lord, he was totally healed!
You see, God wants us to have a willing, obedient heart toward Him. By obeying, Naaman was sowing his seed of faith for his healing—and he received his healing because God is a REWARDER of our faith in Him (Hebrews 11:6).
Perhaps like Naaman, you already have your mind made up about how exactly you want God to deliver you. I want you to ask yourself, “What have I got to lose by opening myself up to God’s way of sending me a miracle?” Naaman’s miracle began when he said, “I’ll do it God’s way.” And yours can begin as you make the same confession of humility and faith in the Lord!
I CHALLENGE you today to do things God’s way… Receive this word from the Lord that I have for you and ACT on it… Let me explain…
There was a time in the ministry of Jesus when He and Peter needed a miracle right away… Some men from Jerusalem approached Peter and asked, “Does Jesus pay His taxes?” In those days, just like it is today, people have to pay their taxes. Peter went to Jesus and said, “What do we do?”
Sometimes, you may face times like that too… A need arises, and maybe you weren’t expecting it, but there it is… The need is staring you in the face, and you need God’s help to get the situation taken care of…
Jesus had an ANSWER for the need… He told Peter to go to the sea and cast in a hook, and the first fish he caught would have money in its mouth (Matthew 17:27). It was a supernatural WORD from the Lord, and Peter heard it…
That word went against everything Peter knew to be true in the natural realm… He was a fisherman by trade, and he knew that you don’t just throw a hook in the water. You have to use bait. And even then, there’s no guarantee that you’ll catch anything. But Jesus’ faith was so strong that He knew God would provide for His financial obligations, whether Peter used bait or not.
Partner, I believe Jesus’ strong faith is an indication that GOD KNOWS EXACTLY WHERE OUR MIRACLES ARE… He took Peter to the right water at the right time to catch the right fish… And I believe He can do the same for you if you obey His Word in faith.
No doubt Peter was reminded of the time he had the miracle catch of fish… Jesus had borrowed Peter’s boat to preach… It was a seed Peter sowed to God. When Jesus was done, He told Peter to launch out into the deep and lower down his nets. Peter knew that you didn’t catch fish at that time of day, and on top of it, he’d had no luck fishing there just hours earlier.
Nevertheless, Peter obeyed the WORD of Jesus and got a catch of fish so large that the net broke. His partners had to come in another boat to help get all the fish (Luke 5:5–7). I believe Jesus saw Peter’s need for a catch and asked him to SOW to God in order that Peter could connect to the power of sowing and reaping.
Jesus knows where YOUR miracle is! He knows exactly how to lead you to what you need! But to receive what He has for you, you need to hear the word of the Lord, receive it, and ACT on it in faith. When Peter obeyed, He RECEIVED what God had for him—a miracle catch of fish, and a fish with money in its mouth.
I believe that if you’ll obey the Lord today, you’ll open yourself up to receiving the miracle you need. Part of your obedience is to SOW the seed He would have you sow. That’s the WORD I have for you today… It’s time to sow for the answers you need…
Now, your seed doesn’t buy a miracle. It’s a point of contact for you to release your faith… It’s how you tap into God’s law of sowing and reaping so that you can start your harvest coming to you!
If you need God to move in your life, then you need to reach out in faith to Him NOW… Don’t wait another moment! Ask Him what He would have you sow into this healing ministry this month, so that He can put your harvest into motion!
Remember, when Jesus asks you to GIVE to Him, it’s never just for Himself. He doesn’t want to keep your seed. He wants to multiply it and give it back to you—FULL and OVERFLOWING (Luke 6:38).
I challenge you right now to sow a large gift—a gift that may not make sense in the natural… But it makes sense to the Lord who is leading you to sow it, so trust Him. He knows what He is doing. Remember, seed-faith is a MIRACLE. If you want a harvest, you must get your seed in the ground, so it can grow.
As I said to you earlier, Jesus knows where your miracle is located. So… REFUSE to give up on the miracle you need from God. I want to be your partner in faith. I’ll stand with you in faith for your breakthrough to begin, and I won’t come out of my prayer agreement with you until you receive your miracle.
Let me know about your needs when you sow your breakthrough seed this month… Just as I agree with you in faith right now for your seed to be multiplied back to you, I also want to pray for you to receive God’s best answers to your specific needs.
Prayer WORKS… Seed-faith WORKS… And I am confident that God has more of His goodness to send into your life as you reach out in faith to Him, believing and expecting and refusing to give up until you see His miracles in your life and in the lives of those you love.
I’m with you in faith, now and always. I hope to hear from you very, very soon!
Your partner for miracles,
PS. When you sow your seed this month, be sure to ask for I Need a Miracle. In this powerful DVD, I share healing Scriptures, a faith-building word from the Bible, and pray for you where you’re hurting and need a miracle touch from the Lord. And you’ll see real-life stories from people like you who have received miracles too. I believe this DVD will build your faith as you trust in the Lord and reach out to Him for the miracles you need right now.