by Steve Wagers

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Steve Wagers
I John 5:14-15

Dr. James Gilmour, a long-time missionary to Mongolia, was once asked to help treat some wounded soldiers. Although he was not a doctor, he did have some knowledge of first aid, and knew that he couldn't refuse the request. He dressed the wounds of two men, but a third man had a badly broken thigh bone. The missionary had no idea what to do for such an injury, the only thing he knew to do was pray. So, kneeling beside the man, he asked the Lord for help. He didn't know how God would answer his prayer, but he just believed that the need would be supplied.

He looked, but he could find no books on physiology, in the primitive hospital, and no doctor had yet arrived. To complicate matters, a crowd of beggars came to ask him for money. He was deeply concerned with his patient, yet his heart went out to these beggars. Hurriedly, he gave them money, and some words of encouragement, and then turned away. A moment later, he stared in amazement at one weary beggar who had remained behind. The half-starved beggar was little more than a living skeleton. The missionary, at this moment, realized that God had answered his prayer, and had brought him a walking lesson in anatomy. He asked the elderly man if he could examine him. He agreed, and by carefully tracing the femur bone with his fingers, in order to learn how to treat the soldier's broken leg, he was able to return to his patient and set the fracture. Gilmour testified later how God had provided him with a strange, yet sufficient response to his prayer. Once again he was reminded that in order to get an answer to prayer, one must simply pray!

In the past three weeks, much of the territory of prayer has been covered. We have been given much instruction on what the Word of God has to say of prayer. Yet, we can take what's already been said, and by itself, it is to no avail, in opening the door to heaven's resources. ...

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