Dan Augsburger
Raise Him Up

“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. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.” James 5:14,15

I was sent the following testimony from someone who was subscribing to the path2prayer.com newsletter, and thought it might encourage others.

Notice that she found someone to agree with her. On this note, Charles Spurgeon, the famous British preacher stated the following:

“United prayer is useful inasmuch as God has promised extraordinary and special blessings in connection with it: “For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them” [Matthew 18:20]. “If two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven” [Matthew 18:19]. God asks for agreement, and, once the saints agree, he pledges himself that the prayer of his agreeing ones shall be answered. Why, see what accumulated force there is in prayer, when one after another pours out their passionate desires; when many seem to be tugging at the rope; when many seem to be knocking at mercy’s gate; when the mighty cries of many burning hearts come up to heaven. When, my beloved, you go and shake the very gates of heaven with the powerful battering-ram of holy passion, and sacred insistence, then will the kingdom of heaven forcefully advance. When first one, and then another, and yet another, throws their whole soul into the prayer, the kingdom of heaven is conquered and the victory is very great indeed.

"As I was sitting for a little while and thinking over this text I thought of the accumulated love of God which there is in a prayer-meeting, because God loves every one of his children. There is so much love for one, and here is another, and there is so much love for him, and then, if God’s love to one of his people is a reason for answering his requests, if there are ten present, there is ten times the reason; and if there is a thousand present then surely there must be a thousand times the force of love to move our Heavenly Father to grant the accumulated desires of the assembly.

"The prayer-meeting is an institution which ought to be very precious to us, and to be cherished by us as a Church, for to it we owe everything. When our comparatively little chapel was all but empty, was it not a well-known fact that the prayer-meeting was always full? And when the Church increased, and the place was scarcely large enough, it was the prayer meeting that did it all. When we then met at Exeter Hall, we were a praying people, indeed; and when we entered into an even larger arena, the Surrey Music-hall, what cries and tears went up to heaven for our success! And so it has been ever since. It is in the spirit of prayer that our strength lies; and if we lose this, the hair will be cut off from Samson’s head, and God’s Holy Church will become weak as water and though we, as Samson did, go and try to shake ourselves as at other times, we shall hear the cry, “The Philistines are upon you,” and our eyes will be put out, and our glory will depart, unless we continue mightily and earnestly in prayer.”

So spoke Charles Spurgeon. I hope we will all spend more time praying.

Here is the testimony:

I have a miracle son by the name of Matthew. He was born 14 years after an older son and is a real miracle since I had complications with his birth, which necessitated a life-saving emergency caesarean section at the beginning of the 7th month. The doctors were concerned about the baby being so tiny, but I responded that they needed to do what they needed to do, and that God would take care of the rest.

Matthew did well and was able to be taken out of the incubator by the 3rd week. After 2 days, however, he stopped breathing and landed in ICU because his lungs were underdeveloped. He was only 1.5KG after 5 days in ICU, and the doctor called my husband and I in, and told us there was nothing they could do.

I told the doctor that I was praying for Michael, and believed that God would raise him up. The doctor actually agreed that the only remedy was prayer. I don’t know why I used the word “raise” but I know I did not say, “heal.” This was on a Saturday. I chose to go to church on Sunday and afterward just relaxed at home. Monday I went to the hospital and chatted with my son and told him he was called Matthew because he was a gift from God. His 2nd name is Caleb, and I told him that I want to trust God the way Caleb did, and that he (Matthew) did not need all the tubes that were being used with him in the ICU since God was going to raise him up. The next day I returned to the Hospital and found there was still no change.

That night we had prayer at the church and I asked one of the ladies to agree with me for a miracle, and PRAISE God the next day when I went to the hospital’s ICU, I found his cot empty, which caused me to initially freeze! But a nurse soon came to me smiling, asking, “Do you know what your son did last night? I responded, “No. Please tell me.” She proceeded to tell about how Michael had pulled out all the tubes and had been breathing on his own, that he no longer needed the extra help to breath.

The doctor acknowledged that a miracle had taken place.

Matthew is a healthy teenager now serving the Lord and I am happy to say was baptized by immersion two weeks ago at a children’s camp.

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