Mid-October Partner Letter
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!
Mid-September 2012 Partner Letter
Are you feeling pressured by life? I wouldn’t be surprised to hear you say YES. I’m hearing from many partners who are under pressure because of sickness, economic distress, relationship troubles, and other issues. The Lord is stirring me to help you stand in faith until your circumstances turn around for your good…
That’s why I’m calling for a powerful Prayer of Provision Day on The Place for Miracles on October 1… We’ve got to go to the SOURCE—Jesus—for the answers we need in these troubled times! We’ve got to reach out in faith and hold on to Him, no matter what…
And I want to do more than pray for you… I want to give you a good word from the Lord today to stir up your faith for miracles. Whatever you need, God can provide for you. He’s not limited by time, distance, or your circumstances. He has the power to heal you, give you financial breakthrough, and set you free!
If you will believe Him and do as He leads you to do, I believe He can bring you a mighty harvest, even if your circumstances seem as dry as a desert right now. He’s the Lord who brings forth streams of living water in dry land (Isaiah 35:6). No matter how serious your situation appears, God has no lack… He is your Source for the abundant provision, health, and hope you need TODAY!
Commit right now to trust the Lord in all things, and remember this… His blessings come as you believe in your heart that He is a REWARDER of those who trust in Him (Hebrews 11:6). When you act on your faith that He is a Rewarder by giving Him your love, time, prayers, seeds of faith, and whatever you have to give—even if it’s small—He sends harvests your way because His Word says that harvest time ALWAYS FOLLOWS planting time (Genesis 8:22).
This principle literally saved the man named Job and turned his devastating circumstances into a DOUBLE BLESSING of restoration. The Bible says Job was a consistent giver who prayed daily to the Lord and lived a godly life to the best of his ability (Job 1:1,5). It was his consistent daily habit to give offerings to God… He lived a LIFESTYLE of sowing and reaping… It was something he was committed to doing, in both good times and bad. He lived daily by faith.
In spite of the losses that threatened to destroy him, Job kept doing what he always did… He did what he already had a HABIT of doing before trouble arrived… He trusted God, and he gave! And God responded to Job’s faith, obedience, and giving! He was with Job even when the devil showed up to cause trouble. God gave Job twice as much as the devil stole from him…
Now, catch this… God is the same today as He has always been (Hebrews 13:8). He desires to watch over you and bless you in your acts of faith and your giving, just as He watched over and cared for Job in hard times.
You may say, “Richard, my life doesn’t seem blessed right now, no matter what I do.” Now, it may be that you haven’t developed a regular habit of giving, and if that’s true, then the time to start is NOW! Make today the day you start to sow seeds consistently—you can start off with small seeds if that’s what you have to plant—because as you plant seed, you set yourself up to receive consistent harvests in your times of need.
However… Maybe you are saying, “Richard, believe me, I already give regularly, but I’m still not seeing a harvest.” Maybe you have tithed regularly, and yet now you find yourself out of a job or stuck with a debt that you can’t pay off. Or perhaps you have been standing in faith for weeks, months, or even years as you believe God for needs that haven’t been met yet. Or perhaps you feel like you can’t sow anything anywhere because your financial situation isn’t good right now. You may be tempted not to sow at all, and say that it just doesn’t work …
But nothing could be further from the truth! You must plant your seed for the harvests you need. When we give, harvests come back to us (Luke 6:38). God is a REWARDER of your faith in Him. He is the source of every good and perfect gift that comes down from heaven (James 1:17). The blessing of the Lord makes one rich, and He adds no sorrow with it (Proverbs 10:22).
Pay close attention here… If you are undergoing an attack on your finances or any other area of your life, God isn’t causing it. He’s not punishing you. It’s not His nature to hurt His own children. He’s a better Father than that! He promises according to His Word (which He always keeps) to care for and protect those who dwell in His courts and rest in His shadow (Psalm 91:1).
The source of all evil in this world is the devil, who would like nothing better than for you to stop trusting God for your financial, emotional, physical, and spiritual well-being… He knows that if you stop trusting God and stop sowing seeds, it hinders your harvests and gives the devil a foothold in your life.
But you can stop Satan in his tracks by doing as First Peter 5:8–9 says… Resist the devil firmly in faith and trust God to help you overcome any obstacle in your path. If you need wisdom on how to resist the devil so you can open up your life to the Lord’s blessings, then pray! When we pray and expect wisdom, God gives it to us gladly (James 1:5). He can tell you whatever you need to know to get free of the circumstances that have been binding you up…
Now, it is true that sometimes we open the door to the devil by disobeying the instructions God gives us in the Bible and also in our personal prayer time with Him. We sometimes make mistakes… But God is willing to forgive us if we truly desire to make things right with Him.
So, if you know that you have opened the door to the devil in some way, I encourage you to turn your heart back to the Lord today. First John 1:9 promises that when we sincerely repent and ask God to cleanse us of sin, He does it.
Many times, though, we find ourselves in circumstances beyond our control… That’s what happened to Job, and that may be what has happened to you. You may be facing hard times simply because there is still a devil out there, and he’s still trying to steal, kill, and destroy all he can before Jesus returns.
God has a good plan for you, no matter what things look like in the natural realm (Jeremiah 29:11–14). He thinks thoughts of peace toward you… He desires to answer your prayers… And His good plan for you includes RESTORATION when you have been attacked. I believe that’s the word of the Lord to you and to all His children who have encountered hard times because of the economic downturn.
Job eventually received a full restoration for all his losses, because he continued to hold on to his faith in the Lord and he continued to sow what he had to give. Even when he didn’t understand what was happening…even when his wife and his friends hurt him with their words… Job stayed true to his faith in God. He gave what he had by praying for his friends. And in due time, he was blessed.
Just like Job, you may have lost many things… Maybe the pressure you are under is tempting you to turn you away from God or to stop sowing. But I tell you this by the Spirit of the Lord… If you will hold on to God, refuse to quit, obey His Word, and continue to expect deliverance, then you will surely receive His help, in whatever form you need it most, in the right timing… He will not let you down!
Consider this… For what purpose are you serving the Lord? If you are serving Him only because you want Him to solve your problems, then when hard times hit and miracles seem slow in coming, you’ll be sorely tempted to let go of your faith. It’s like what Jesus said about planting seed in Mark chapter 4. Some seeds fall into shallow soil, and the plant grows only until a drought comes along… At that time, it withers because it has no real roots, and it can’t take the heat.
Likewise, there are people whose relationship with God isn’t rooted in a commitment to serve Him at all times. They only want to serve Him if things are going good. I’ve seen it many times… People who aren’t committed to God will walk away when something doesn’t go their way. They get offended.
But you don’t have to be among that group… I encourage you to remind yourself of what drew you to the Lord in the first place. Why do you serve Him? Think about His promises to redeem you from sin…to bring you into His presence through the shed blood of Jesus and your faith in Him…to be with you in trouble…to never leave you or forsake you… These promises belong to every child of God, including you, no matter what circumstances you may be facing.
When you choose to commit yourself to the Lord because you believe that He is the one true God and that He desires to do good to you, then you can grow into a Christian with deep roots that can’t be moved… like the tree in Psalm 1 that is rooted down deep near water that will always cause it to flourish and prosper.
You can live just like that tree… You can be stable in unstable times… You can consistently tap into God’s heavenly resources because He is your true Source for all your needs to be met.
Maybe God has blessed you in the past… Well, catch this… I believe God wants to bless you AGAIN! His mercies aren’t just for yesterday. No, the Bible says His mercies are NEW EVERY MORNING!
That means He has more than enough to meet your needs NOW, in the situation you are facing today… What He has done for you and for others in the past, He can do for you and your loved ones today, as long as you continue to act in faith and obedience by sowing what you have to give—no matter how small it may appear—and EXPECT Him to help you in the ways that only He can bring about.
Now, to help you hook up in faith to God’s plan to PROSPER you through His law of giving and receiving, I have a special gift for you. If you’ll sow a seed in faith this month, I’ll send you The Miracle of Seed-Faith, by my father, Oral Roberts.
Dad wrote this book more than 40 years ago, but its message is as relevant today as it ever was… It explains in detail what God showed my father about the power of tapping into the divine law of sowing and reaping, which is God’s plan for supplying your needs from His heavenly resources—in all times and seasons. I believe it’s the best book he ever wrote! Here’s just a little bit of the wisdom God shared with my father, which you’ll read about in The Miracle of Seed-Faith…
“Not according to the size of your need, but according to His riches, God will supply it. Whether prices are high or low, jobs are plentiful or scarce, business is up or down, GOD’S SUPPLY REMAINS STABLE. His supply is here beside you, now. God is as much God during times of oversupply as undersupply. He is the same God in good times or bad times. His supply is according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”
That’s a GOOD WORD, isn’t it? God’s supply does NOT depend on the economic situation of your bank account, your employer, your government, your nation, or this world. His heavenly supply comes through Jesus to His children. So, you can expect miracles from Him even when everything in this world looks like it is falling apart. This world may be unstable, but Heaven is never going to fall apart, and God always has MORE THAN ENOUGH for you, if you will continue to trust Him and to act in faith through your seed-sowing.
With that in mind, I challenge you to sow a seed out of your need today… Ask the Lord what He wants you to give. Let Him determine the seed, and then obey Him by sowing it as quickly as you can. If the amount God puts on your heart is bigger than what you have right now, then remember that it’s okay to sow small amounts over the next several months until you reach the amount God gave you.
As you sow, pray over your seed in faith and thank the Lord for giving you the harvests you need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Then, start expecting that harvest. Keep an eye out for it so you can grab hold of it when it comes. And tell me about it… I want to rejoice with you as God meets your needs.
When you sow your seed this month, share your prayer requests with me as quickly as you possibly can. Remember, I’m calling for a Prayer of Provision Day on The Place for Miracles on October 1. We’ll be praying for jobs, for debts to be paid off, for tuition and other financial bills to be met, for healings and any other thing you need right now. And I want to do something BIG on that day…
You see, Lindsay and I are not just going to say a quick prayer and then forget about you. No, we want you and all our partners to gather on October 1 in faith according to the word of the Lord, which says, If My people who are
called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land. Now My eyes will be OPEN and My ears ATTENTIVE TO PRAYER MADE IN THIS PLACE (2 Chronicles 7:14–15).
I believe that when you and I gather on October 1 to humbly seek God and pray in agreement for His divine intervention in our lives, the Lord will do His part… He will see and hear our prayers and He will respond to them with miracles! And I encourage you to seal that prayer with a seed sown today as a sign of your faith in the provision that God is going to send to you…
I’m putting my faith out right now for a mighty turnaround to take place in your life and the nation! Whatever your needs may be, God sees them and He has a plan to meet them. Right now, as an act of my faith in advance of October 1, I pray for you and your loved ones…
In the name of Jesus, I declare your needs met by faith, your body healed, your relationships strong and peaceful, your mind and soul calm even in the midst of troubles, and the blessing of the Lord to come upon you in double measure for any losses you have sustained due to the economy we’re facing. May God bless you and keep you and give you peace, today and every day!
I look forward to hearing from you very, very soon.
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 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. (You can always watch us online, or participate on our Facebook page.) Send in your prayer requests right away, and sow your 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!
September 2012 Partner Letter
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!
Living Proof: Aaron Eyerman
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!
Mid-August 2012 Partner Letter
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.
August 2012 Partner Letter
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.
Mid-May 2012 Partner Letter
I declare by faith right now a GOOD WORD into your life… By the spirit of God, I speak blessings over you today… I believe it’s time RIGHT NOW for you to walk in the full inheritance of blessings that God has for you!
So, I encourage you to sit down, put aside any distractions, and receive this word from the Lord that I have for you…
God’s power to work in your life is unlimited! Whatever circumstances you are facing, God has a good plan for you, and there is HOPE for you today! Reach out for all He has for you by faith… See yourself and your loved ones blessed with healing, deliverance, wisdom, godly relationships, abundant provision, and divine protection…
You see, this is the blessing we can have as Christians when we choose to pursue UNITY according to 1 Peter 3:8–9, which says, Be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous; not returning evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary blessing, knowing that you were called to this, that you may inherit a blessing.
This is so important to your victory in the Lord… There is a powerful BLESSING available to you when you live in unity with others, especially with other believers in Jesus. God’s unlimited power can flow into our lives and our nations as we obey His Word and love others as He loves us.
First Peter 3:10–13 tells us what the blessing of unity looks like… He who would love life and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips from speaking deceit. Let him turn away from evil and do good; let him seek peace and pursue it. For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and His ears are open to their prayers; but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil. And who is he who will harm you if you become followers of what is good?
Let me show you what this blessing of unity means to YOU…
#1—You will love life! Think about it… Strife leads to stress. People who are argumentative, jealous, and judgmental can weigh you down. But it feels wonderful to be with people who are peaceful, cooperative, and kind. Unity brings you godly enjoyment in the everyday moments of your life.
#2—You will see good days! Strife leads to all kinds of evil works (James 3:16). As you avoid strife, you avoid the troubles that result from it—like anger, violence, gossip, unforgiveness, lying, and other evil works. Instead, you see good days and enjoy the good things that God has planned for you.
#3—Your prayers will be heard! This scripture makes it clear that God is pleased when He sees you pursuing unity, watching your words, avoiding evil, and loving others as He loves you. He hears the prayers of those who please Him by obeying His Word.
#4—Your life will be protected! In the midst of trouble, unity helps you to experience God’s power to preserve you and bring about good for you. As you pursue peaceful agreements with others, it’s harder for the devil to isolate you and attack you. You have the benefit of receiving help from others when you’re in unity with them.
This is the blessing of unity… A good life filled with joy, answered prayers, and the Lord’s protection… And it is the harvest you reap when you sow seeds by forgiving others, loving them, and standing in faith with them in the name of the Lord. This is why it is so important to avoid strife and choose to do things that promote God’s peace in your life and in your nation.
Now, I want to be clear… I am NOT talking about compromising the Word of God to achieve a false sense of peace. If the Bible says something, you must obey it and be in agreement with it. Sometimes, it seems as if the world believes that the only way to have peace is to stop Christians from talking about Jesus. But those who say such things are deceived! They don’t see the truth that GOD-GIVEN PEACE—the kind that LASTS—is possible only through the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives.
God has a better way to live than what the world offers (Proverbs 14:12). He has called you to follow Him, obey His Word, make godly decisions, and avoid the things that divide us, such as offense, unforgiveness, judgmentalism, and pride.
If you want to see the blessing of unity, you must avoid the traps that promote division. Remember, our enemy the devil causes strife by convincing us to focus on things that are hurtful and negative, provoking people to jealousy and anger.
However… God’s will for you is that you focus on what is GOOD, because God Himself is good (Philippians 4:8). He instructs you to renew your mind and change your thinking so that you can see things from His perspective (Romans 12:1–2). Living in unity means being of ONE MIND with God and with other Christians (1 Peter 3:8). It means you are to have the same attitude that Jesus Christ has. Let me explain what the mind—or attitude—of Christ looks like…
The Bible says that although Jesus is the Son of God, He wasn’t dominated by pride or by a desire to lord His position over others. Instead, He humbled Himself to come to earth in the form of a man (Philippians 2:5–11). And He willingly went to death on the Cross, a humiliating form of execution, to pay for our sins. He did it because by faith He saw the reward that would come of it… He knew there would be forgiveness of sins, the presence of the Holy Spirit within us, and eternal life for all who believe on Him as Lord and Savior.
To put it simply, the attitude (or mind) of Jesus Christ is LOVE… He loved you enough to sacrifice Himself for you. He LOVES you enough to be with you in your time of need. He was and is not afraid to humble Himself and put others first. That’s how He was able to resist the devil, fulfill God’s plan for His earthly life, and receive the Name that is above every other name!
As you choose to humbly love others, you can see them as God sees them, which makes it so much easier to walk in unity with them. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all ONE in Christ Jesus (Galatians 3:28). God doesn’t focus on the outward things. He doesn’t play favorites based on whether you are male or female, boss or employee, Republican or Democrat or other political groups, American or Canadian or another nationality, black or white or brown or any other skin color…
Partner, what matters MOST to God is YOUR HEART (1 Samuel 16:7). What you have on the inside is what matters most to Him—your faith in Him, your obedience to His Word, your motivations, your character, and your love for Him and His ways of doing and being.
We see this in the life of Jesus Christ, who did not play favorites (Romans 10:12). He ministered to the rich ruler Jairus and the poor Mary Magdalene. When He taught His disciples (men), He let Mary (a woman) listen in and He invited Martha (a woman) to join them and worry about the cooking later…
Jesus healed Jewish people like Peter’s mother-in-law, but He also healed the Roman centurion’s aide and the Syrophoenician (Gentile) woman’s demon-possessed daughter. He talked to Nicodemus, who was a respected member of the Jewish religious counsel, but He also talked to Zacchaeus, who was despised because he stole from others for his own personal gain.
Jesus ministered to everyone who would receive Him, no matter who they were.
If you want to enjoy the blessing of unity, you must pursue it just as Jesus did. You must choose to allow God’s Word to be the deciding factor in what you think, say, and do. As you avoid strife and choose to focus on what you have in common with others, you are doing your part to promote godly unity, and the blessing of His anointing will flow more freely in your life and in your nation.
Of course, you won’t always agree with others on every little thing. Sometimes, you’re going to see things differently. However… You always have the power to CHOOSE how you will respond when disagreements happen. You can CHOOSE to get angry and be divided from others… OR, you can CHOOSE to walk in love, forgiveness, and unity. It’s up to you to ALLOW God’s Word to be the final say in your life.
As you pursue godly unity, beware of people and groups that promote violence, division, or evil-doing. Don’t associate with them, and don’t give them place in your thinking. As a Christian, you don’t repay evil with evil, but instead you overcome evil with good (Romans 12:21).
So… When people attack others, promote the idea of robbing others of what they have worked hard to earn, take offense instead of forgiving, and adopt an “ends justify the means” philosophy, God isn’t in it! Don’t align yourself with people who choose to live this way. Avoid these kinds of behaviors, because they encourage division and strife.
Instead, align yourself with God, not man. Base your actions and your words on His Word—not on gender, race, political affiliation, financial status, or any other earthly thing. If you and I are truly His children, then we are going to live like our Father lives… dominated by peace, truth, love, mercy, goodness, and generosity. No matter what is going on in your circumstances… It is God’s Word that should ALWAYS determine your actions, because God’s Word is what produces lasting victory in your life!
Remember, the unlimited power of God is present when His people are in one accord (Acts 2:1–4). When we come together in faith before the Lord, humbling ourselves and seeking His face in unity, His healing can be poured out on our land, bringing much-needed godliness, wisdom, and a turnaround to the troubles we see at work in the world today.
This is why I’m calling on YOU to stand in faith and act on God’s Word for the healing of our nations! Through our prayers and our commitment to listening to the Holy Spirit and pursuing unity, I believe we can put the devil to flight and give God room to pour out His power to change our lives and heal our nations!
As you pray in faith, do things that promote peace instead of strife, and bless others, you are placing your faith in God to be the Source of the solution to any challenges in your life and in your nation. And what you sow—doing good and blessing others—is what you will reap in due season (Galatians 6:9).
The unlimited power of God produces great harvests from our seed-sowing! I believe that as we pray for our nations, God will not only hear us and answer us, but I believe He will also begin to work in your individual life… I am expecting Him to send His healing power to you and your loved ones, in every area where you need His help.
When you send in your Prayer Response, be sure to tell me what you are believing God to do for you and your loved ones. I will hold your prayer requests in my hands and pray over them, believing God to send you His perfect answers for every situation you are facing. Remember, He is no respecter of persons. He wants to be involved in your life TODAY! Let’s come into agreement for His will to be done in your life and for His blessings to flow to you.
I also want to stand with you in agreement for healing in our lands… Invite your family and friends and coworkers to tune in to The Place for Miracles on Thursday, May 31 for our Day of Prayer for the Healing of Our Nations. We can make a difference and be a godly influence on the direction that our leaders take as we humble ourselves, pray, and seek the Lord’s will for our lands.
Let’s turn this time of prayer and seeking God’s face into a black eye for the devil! Ask the Lord how to sow the very best seed you can sow right now… First, plan to pray with Lindsay and me on May 31…and take time to pray before and after May 31 too.
Ask the Lord how you can sow seeds of unity in your family, on your job, in your community, and in your nation. Look for ways to bless others and encourage peace instead of strife, everywhere you go.
And finally, I am asking you for a very special seed-faith offering into this healing ministry this month… This is good ground, and I believe it WILL produce a harvest for you! I will use the seed you sow for God’s glory, expecting blessings and answers to prayer as we reach out to the world with God’s Word and healing power… And I am expecting God to multiply your seed back to YOU in the way you need it.
As you sow your seed this month, use it as a point of contact to release your faith to God and expect His unlimited healing power to come into your life and your nation. Join with me in believing Him to turn around a down economy and reverse the unemployment rates. Let’s stand together expecting Him to bring godly leaders to the forefront and give them favor. Release your faith for the needs of your nation as you sow your seed in faith to the Lord!
And KEEP EXPECTING YOUR HARVEST, because God is the Lord of the Harvest. As you sow to Him, He multiplies it back to you! Sowing your seed puts you into unity with this ministry and our outreaches. It brings you into one accord with Lindsay, me, and the Lord. And remember… When we are in one accord, the power of God comes into your life! Your seed is going to produce a harvest for you.
I want you to know that I am standing in faith with you for abundant harvests of healing, deliverance, ideas, concepts, insights, godly relationships, jobs, finances, and everything else that you need… In Jesus’ name, may your every seed sown in faith come back to you good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over (Luke 6:38).
You are a great blessing to Lindsay and me, and I thank God for you daily. I look forward to hearing from you very, very soon!
Your partner for miracles,
PS. Don’t forget to tune in to The Place for Miracles on Thursday, May 31 to be a part of our Day of Prayer for the Healing of Our Nations. Together, let’s stand in faith for you, your loved ones, and our nations. I’m expecting to see signs, wonders, miracles, and answers to prayer, and I encourage you to be expecting too! Invite your loved ones to join in, so we can make a UNITED stand in faith for the Lord’s healing and restoring power to be poured into every area where it is needed.
Mid-April 2012 Partner Letter
I have been praying for you…
There is so much on my heart to share with you today… We are facing serious challenges in America, Canada, and the other nations of the world… There is a great need in every nation for the power of God to save, heal, deliver, prosper, and bring restoration into people’s lives.
If you and I aren’t careful, we could be overwhelmed by the needs we’re facing… But the truth is, you and I aren’t helpless, because we serve the Lord Jesus Christ—the One who came to rescue us. He paid the price for our sin, and through faith in Him, we have both eternal life and His help in our earthly existence. If you have received Him as Lord and Savior, then He is present with you right now, in the midst of any circumstances that you may be dealing with.
His power to work on your behalf and bring about good for you is limitless! Nothing is impossible for Him. And that is very Good News, because if there has ever been a day when you and I need to see the impossible come to pass, it is today.
In these last days, we seem to be in a spiritual battle like no other. Many demonic forces are coming against us… We’re confronted daily by beliefs that go against our Christian foundation. We’re seeing immorality in our governments and corporations, leading to excess, greed, and economic stress. There is a lack of godliness in every arena of life, and our nations are paying the price!
If we are going to fight this spiritual battle effectively, we must remember where our troubles are coming from. The Bible says, For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places (Ephesians 6:12).
In other words, our true battle as Christians is not against people, governments, corporations, or earthly things… Our true enemy is the devil, whose only plan is still the same as what he did in the Garden of Eden… He is a liar and a thief who tries to steal, kill, and destroy everything that is good and godly in this world, because he hates God!
The spiritual forces of wickedness are working overtime in every nation of the world to steal, kill, and destroy all they can before Jesus comes back to permanently put them under His feet. But you don’t have to give in to fear… For God has not given you a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7).
Think about that for a moment. As a born-again believer in Jesus, you have the love of God inside you—the love that never fails (1 Corinthians 13:8). You have sound thinking and the ability to choose what is godly because you have the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16).
And you have access to His unlimited power, because through Christ, you have authority and influence in the spiritual realm (Ephesians 1:19–23)… When you received Him into your life, He gave you the Holy Spirit… And you received power when the Holy Spirit came upon you (Acts 1:8). Through your relationship with Jesus, your faith in His Word, and your obedience to His will for your life, you can make a significant difference in your family, your company, your community, your country, and the world.
No matter what you may face, God’s blessings will come to you as you live out the truth in Matthew 6:31–33, which says… Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’… For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But SEEK FIRST the kingdom of God and His RIGHTEOUSNESS, and all these things shall be ADDED TO YOU.
When you put God’s kingdom and His righteousness first in your life, it opens the way for you to receive the many blessings He has for you. I believe that’s why America has been a blessed nation over the years. We were founded on Christian principles and led by many people who served the Lord. The seeds they sowed into the development of this nation have caused us to prosper in many ways. And I believe this is true for any nation that is willing to follow God’s will… As we submit to Him, He can bless us.
I believe the key to turning our nations around today…the key to bringing deliverance to any nation that is suffering right now…is to turn to Jesus and put Him first, obeying His Word, which reveals His will and His principles for how to live. He is the only One who can truly heal the things that are wrong in our societies, in our governments, in our world, and in our lives. Without Him, we can do nothing. But… Through Him, we can experience healing and wholeness—spirit, soul, and body.
How do you seek God’s kingdom and His righteousness? I believe that first and foremost, you must make Him the Lord of your life. If you haven’t officially given your life to Him, today is the day to do it! Don’t wait… Invite Jesus into your heart right now and confess Him as Lord and Savior, the One who died for your sins and was raised from the dead to sit at God’s right hand… Righteousness and the blessings that come from it begin with a right relationship with God.
Once our relationship with Him is right, then we are called to live as Jesus lived and do the works that He did during His earthly ministry. We are to be His voice, His hands, and His feet to our loved ones, our nations, and our world. As we do this, we’ll be able to share His righteousness with those in need of it.
What works did Jesus do, and how did He live? Jesus declared His mission in Luke 4:18…“The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed.”
Partner, Jesus Christ ministered to people whose hearts and lives were broken. He was always at the point of their need. He was on the docks. He was in the marketplaces. He was in people’s homes. Wherever people were hurting, he was there to minister to them in their circumstances of brokenness, frailty, failure, sickness, and poverty.
And there are so many people hurting today… There are so many needs in our families, our nations, and our world. There are so many things that have been broken as a result of sin… We are broken in our ability to live in peace with other nations… We are broken in our governments and among our corporations, where leaders make mistakes, behave immorally, and fail to do what is godly…
We also see brokenness in our relationships with one another… It takes on many forms…racial prejudice, political division, conflict between the so-called haves and have-nots… We see it in the large number of divorces these days… and in the many relationships that have been damaged because of unforgiveness. And many of us are broken in our relationship with God…
There is something broken in every person, because we live in a fallen world. I’ve never met anybody who, if they were being honest, would not admit to having problems and needs. We’re all in that condition. Sin breaks us. The evil that the devil does can crush people’s hearts, minds, relationships, bodies, and finances.
But even in the midst of a fallen world… even in the midst of bad news, sickness, unemployment, and other troubles, there is Good News. There is always Good News, because there is always a good God that you can turn to in your time of need.
The Good News is that no matter how bad things get in your nation, the world, and your individual life, God is for you and not against you. He is your Healer—Jesus came to make you whole in spirit, soul, and body! This is the Good News that you help me to share with the world through the outreaches of this healing ministry—television, magazines, the Internet, School of the Spirit classes, and the Abundant Life Prayer Group.
And it’s a message from God that is sorely needed today. You and I have been called by the Lord to share this message with people around us… Now, I know this divine calling flies in the face of our human nature… The world in which we live often glorifies the pursuit of our own happiness, rather than the pursuit of righteousness—which is God’s way of being and doing.
But as Christians, we are called to put aside our selfish desires in order to do good, be a blessing, and promote peace with God and with others. If we want to see healing in our land and in our world, it’s time to set aside our selfish desires and pursue God’s plan for our lives and for the nations. And we have the privilege and the calling to invite the Lord to change things in our nation and the world through the power of prayer.
James 5:16 says, The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. As a believer in Jesus Christ, your prayers WORK! As you pray in faith according to God’s Word, you open a way for Him to come into your life. Your prayers of faith connect to His unlimited power—and His power then begins to change the situation you are praying about.
We are told in 1 Timothy 2:1–3, Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior. You and I are called specifically to pray for all our leaders, giving thanks for any goodness that comes to us through them, and interceding so that they will make godly decisions.
Now… I believe that as we obey the Lord, God can stretch out His hand to heal America, Canada, and all the nations of the world… He wants to bring His healing power into our prisons, our militaries, our governments, our churches, our families, our marriages, our finances, our bodies, our minds, and our spirits… He wants to heal us completely, as individuals and as nations.
But we have to give Him something to work with… We must give our time to praying for the needs we see around us… We must seek God’s righteousness in our lives and on behalf of our loved ones and our lands… We must do the work of His kingdom by sharing the Good News with others!
And we must act by giving our time, our prayers, and our finances to the work of God in our land and around the world. It is time to sow a financial seed for the salvation and healing of the nations. The Word says that what we sow is what we will reap (Galatians 6:7). If we want to reap righteousness in our nations, we need to sow toward it and reach out to Him in faith for it. That part is up to us!
I believe this healing ministry is good ground for planting seed toward healing in our nations. We are here 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to pray, believe God, preach the Word, and share Jesus with the world. Your seed sown into this ministry helps us broadcast the healing Word of Jesus Christ on the television airwaves, where it can reach people who need to hear it. Remember, faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God (Romans 10:17).
As we speak God’s Word over America, Canada, and all the nations of the world through our prayers and on the airwaves, we are giving people an opportunity to come to faith in the Lord… And their right relationship with Him will help bring about righteousness in our lands. Your financial seeds matter… You are making a difference!
Now, I believe it’s also time for you to get seed in the ground for your own needs too… Some experts are predicting a gallon of gas will cost five dollars in the U.S. before the summer is over… And there are other economic challenges expected to arise around the world…
But as a child of God, YOU don’t have to fear the bad news and the negative predictions… YOU can tap into the unlimited supply of heaven’s resources! So, plant a seed in faith to God for your provision NOW… And expect the abundance, provision, plans, ideas, concepts, and insights into your finances that He has especially for YOU.
Remember, giving connects you to God’s eternal principle of seedtime and harvest! And consistent seed-sowing brings about consistent health and wellness in your finances. Make it your plan to sow seed to the Lord as often as you have the opportunity, so that you can have harvests growing and coming in for you all the time.
As you sow your seed, don’t forget to let me know about your specific prayer needs, so I can pray and agree with you in faith for your needs to be met and for God to work in the lives of your loved ones. Nothing is impossible with the Lord…and He has real answers for the needs you have!
It’s so important for us to stand together in faith, to pray, and to sow seed toward the righteousness of our nation. Let’s join together for a Day of Prayer for the Healing of Our Nations on Thursday, May 31. We’ll gather together through that day’s broadcast of The Place for Miracles, and we will pray over your prayer requests as well as for the healing and restoration of righteousness in our lands.
Remember, your prayers are powerful and effective, even more so when we pray together in agreement for your needs and for the needs of our nations. Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their labor (Ecclesiastes 4:9). Together, we are accomplishing great things for God’s kingdom and promoting His righteousness in our world…and because of it, you will receive the blessing that comes from God according to Matthew 6:33.
I thank God for you, and for every opportunity we have in partnership to further the work of God’s kingdom through this healing ministry. I look forward to hearing from you soon!
Your partner for miracles,
PS. Be sure to send in your prayer requests, sow your seed, and join me for a Day of Prayer for the Healing of Our Nations on Thursday, May 31. Together, we will stand in faith for your needs and the needs of our nations to be met, and for God’s healing and restoration power to flow into every area where it is so greatly needed. I’m expecting God to move in our lives in response to our obedience and faith in Him!
Oral Roberts has said, “During my ministry, I have personally laid hands on over a million people in prayer, thousands of whom had been given up because there was no known medical cure. And I am convinced that no disease is hopeless—none is incurable—for God can heal all sickness. His power has no limits or barriers when we center our faith in Him.”
Does sickness come from God or the devil? Does God sometimes send sickness to punish us for some sin or wrongdoing?
Sickness is not placed in your body by a loving and good God. Jesus never told anyone that sickness was God’s punishment or God’s will. God wants to heal your body, not afflict it, a truth backed up by many Scriptures. (See the list of healing Scriptures.) The author of both sickness and sin is the devil, and Jesus rebuked both sickness and sin whenever he confronted them. The Apostle Peter made this plain when he preached the Gospel to Cornelius and his household. He said, “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” (Acts 10:38 NKJV). God does not send sin or oppression. He delivers. He does not send sickness or disease. He heals.
Should we exhaust all other resources before going to the Lord for healing? Is it okay to use doctors and medicines?
There is nothing in the Bible that indicates a Christian can’t use doctors and medicine in order to be healed. James 1:17 NKJV says, “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights.” All healing power is of God. The ability of doctors and medicines to help us is a God-given ability, and much healing is brought about through medical skill. God’s power doesn’t diminish when we use medical science. His ability to do miracles doesn’t negate the power He has given to doctors and medicine. But God is always the final authority for anything in our lives. We always have the privilege of going to God first, last, and always. The important thing is the right use of our faith. Whether we receive healing through medical science or through a miracle, we should give the glory to God, who is our Healer.
What is the best way to pray for my own healing or someone else’s healing?
The effectiveness of our prayers does not depend on the words we use or how often we repeat them, but rather on meeting God and the conditions set out for us in the Scriptures. To receive healing, we must have faith in God’s power and in His desire to heal us. Once we are ready to release our faith to God, we can pray for healing according to the Word of God. John 14:14 NKJV says, “If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.” When we release our faith for healing and pray in Jesus’ name, we know that God has heard us, and we know we have the answer. At this point, we can stop asking God and begin thanking Him for the answer.
Do I need to go to a special healing service or have someone lay hands on me and pray for me in order to be healed?
No, you do not have to go to any special place or have anyone lay hands on you for you to be healed. It is Christ who heals, and Christ is everywhere present at the same time. It is not important whether you are first in the prayer line at a healing crusade or last in line. It doesn’t matter whether you are sitting at church, driving your car, or resting at home. To receive healing, the important thing is to make contact with your Healer, Jesus Christ, who is everywhere. Healing comes when you have faith for healing and when you reach out to God with that faith. You can believe God and receive healing right where you are.
What is the significance of anointing a person with oil or using a prayer cloth?
The anointing oil is used as a point of contact to help a person release his or her faith. This is taught in James 5:14–15 NKJV: “Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up.” Use of the oil is symbolic of our dependence on God. The important thing when you are anointed with oil is to release your faith to God for your healing.
Like anointing oil, a prayer cloth can be used as a point of contact to release faith for healing. The Apostle Paul sometimes made use of prayer cloths. This is described in Acts 19:12 NKJV: “Even handkerchiefs or aprons were brought from his body to the sick, and the diseases left them and the evil spirits went out of them.” The thing that counts is not the prayer cloth itself, but rather our faith in Jesus Christ. Anointing oil and prayer cloths simply help some people to release their faith for healing.
What do I do if my healing seems slow in coming?
Many times, healing is a gradual process. It doesn’t always come instantly. When healing seems slow in coming, you may be tempted to get discouraged or to think you don’t have the faith for healing. Perhaps it is simply taking time for your body to heal. Or perhaps there’s still something you must do before God’s healing power can be fully released to work in your life. If your healing seems slow in coming, these suggestions may help you to receive your healing.
- Let the Word of God become real to you. Sometimes, we hear the Word and know it’s true in our heads, but it hasn’t become real in our hearts yet. If that is your struggle, you can build faith in your heart by reading, listening to, and meditating on God’s Word about healing. Faith comes by hearing and receiving the truth in God’s Word. You may need to spend more time with God’s Word than you usually do. You can also be encouraged in your faith by reading and listening to stories of people who have been healed.
- Don’t become discouraged when you don’t see immediate results to your prayers. It doesn’t mean there is anything wrong with your faith if an answer doesn’t come instantly. Continue to pray, continue to thank God, and ask others to pray and agree with you.
- Ask yourself if there is a spiritual or emotional issue that could be affecting your physical health. It’s important to open up every area of your life to God so He can heal your entire being. Ask God if there is something blocking your healing. If He reveals an issue to you, deal with it through repentance and whatever else you need to do to make it right.
- Continue to resist the devil. He is the source of sickness, not God. And he will try to deceive you into doubting God’s healing power. So put the devil in his place. Refuse to accept negative thoughts or doubts, and replace them with God’s Word.
- Let God direct you about how to receive your healing. Many times, when we are sick, we get it in our minds that God will heal us in a certain way, and we get disappointed when it does not happen as we thought it would. Often, we block God’s healing power simply because we are not open to the many means God uses for healing. Your healing may come to you by prayer, by medicine, or by both. Be open to all of God’s healing methods.
- You may need to see a physician. It is not wrong for a Christian to seek medical care. Medicine is a gift God has given us. Doctors are a means through which God can bring you your healing, so be open to it and visit a doctor if you haven’t already done so.
- You may need to simply receive. Many Christians have not learned how to receive from God through simple faith. If you believe this is an area where you are struggling, ask God to help you learn how to receive from Him.
What should I do when I’m tempted to doubt my healing? How do I keep my healing?
The devil comes to all of us to try to steal whatever blessings we receive from God. He attempts to introduce doubts into our minds. If we are experiencing doubts about a healing we have received, we must recognize that the source of the doubt is the devil. It’s also important to realize that healing is something we receive and keep by faith. You can combat doubts by reminding yourself of the moment you released faith for healing. Surround yourself with people who believe in the power of God. Read the Bible and encourage yourself with God’s promises of healing. Pray daily to stay close to God, and keep your mind fixed on Jesus. All these things can help you push doubt out of your life so that you can hold on to your healing.
Why isn’t everyone healed?
Romans 12:3 says, “God has dealt to every man the measure of faith.” According to this Scripture, everyone has faith. The capacity to believe is under the control of each individual. But not everyone directs his or her believing toward God. For instance, one person may put his faith in himself and his own ability. Another person may direct her faith toward money and what it will get her. Many people who need healing believe that their sickness is more than a match for them and that they are going to suffer defeat. This is fear—a belief that God’s power is not enough to beat sickness. If a person believes in the power of sickness more than the power of God, it will be hard for that person to receive God’s healing.
50 Years of Powerful Prayer—The Abundant Life Prayer Group
In 1958, a prayer partner said that she considered her telephone an instrument used for God’s glory. And that’s just as true today, in 2008. In fact, more than once, Oral Roberts has said, “The Abundant Life Prayer Group is the heartbeat of this ministry.”
On January 1, 1958, Oral Roberts set aside a special room in the headquarters of his ministry office building in Tulsa, OK. Oral organized prayer chains where ministry employees would pray in 15-minute increments throughout the day for the prayer requests that came in to the ministry. From these very special prayer chains grew the Abundant Life Prayer Group.
The first Abundant Life Prayer Group went on duty March 31, 1958. During the first six months of service, the prayer group received 7,000 telephone calls. Today, we receive over 3,000 calls for prayer each day from callers in every state and all over the world.
The impact of the Abundant Life Prayer Group cannot be overstated. For many people, the ALPG is their spiritual life line. Many people call the prayer group who feel like they can’t talk to anyone else. Callers receive an understanding ear, the comforting promises of the Word of God, and an instant, faith-filled prayer. Every hour of every day, anointed prayer partners listen to the stories of people in trouble—the sick, the oppressed, the distressed—and offer them hope and strength through prayer. And of the thousands and thousands of people who have called the ALPG through the years, many have called back to report that those very prayers were miraculously answered.
Working in eight hour shifts, the Abundant Life Prayer Group’s prayer partners are on duty and ready to help you, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you need prayer for any reason or at any time, please call us at 918-495-7777. We’re here for you with the power of faith-filled prayers.