Thursday, December 15, 2005

Daughter's back healed

On November 28, Dave was in Monroe County Correctional Facility (MCCF). As is his practice, Dave sat at a table with Bible literature and waited for interested inmates to approach him.

James understood the gospel message, but decided to wait to make a decision because "I have a lot of time to make up my mind about following the Lord."

Andy also rejected the offer of salvation, saying similarly that he had plenty of time to make up his mind about these kind of things. "I don't want to get committed to anything spiritual now."

Then there was Mike. His heart had been prepared by the Lord. He received the good news with gladness and accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior. He not only was open to the Lord but expressed needs for his son, and his daughter who was having some real back problems. At that time Dave and Mike prayed and asked the Lord for her healing.

A week later, Dave was at the table again. (This was the same day that Phil got saved.) Mike excitedly informed Dave that his daughter's back was healed!

I'm reminded of the time Jesus was walking with His disciples in Luke 9:57-62. Jesus invited one man to follow Him, but the man said he had to go and bury his father first. A second man received an invitation to discipleship from the Lord, but he said he had to go say good-by to his family first. To these seemingly "good excuses," Jesus said, "No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God"(v. 62). Praise God that Mike put his hand to the plow, didn't look back and received not only salvation, but healing for his daughter.

"Lord, let Your Kingdom come! Let the good news be proclaimed in the jails, in homes, on the streets and in churches in Rochester."


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