How I Know God Answers Prayer

Genre:Missionary biography
Subject:Rosalind Goforth
Publisher:Harper & Brothers
Location:New York
Library:Physical collection at

Scripture Testimony Index stories in this book

Rosalind Goforth determines to go to church, going back on an earlier decision to not go for the lack of suitable clothing, after she stumbles on this portion of scripture: "Why take ye thought for raiment . . . seek ye first the kingdom of God, and all these things shall be added unto you." The very next day, a box with not only new clothes arrived for her.
Confused as to whether to travel to England and become an artist or travel to China as a missionary, Rosalind went to God in prayer. And as she prayed, she was led to a scripture than solved her confusion.
Rosalind Goforth was inspired by Hudson Taylor's stories of trusting only in God for his needs. She decided to trust God to provide $50 so she could marry debt free. Rosalind resisted all temptations to speak about her need even as the wedding approached. At the last moment, on the eve of her wedding, something amazing happened.
The missionaries at Honan were eager to reach and care for the people, and anxious for their lives if they be rejected. They had a highly skilled and award-winning doctor who could treat many illnesses, yet no one came to them; for the locals not only distrusted them, but they also hated them. But as God's people gathered to pray about the matter, He answered above and beyond expectation!
Wang Feng-ao was a proud, overbearing Confucian who despised Christianity so much so that he beat his wife each time she listened to or visited missionaries. But all that changed and a new man was born, when God used a dream to awaken his conscience.
One day, after about a year of struggling almost in vain to learn Chinese, Mr. Goforth found an unusual help and communicated effectively to the locals. Two months later, he learnt that on that very day, students at Knox College in far away America, met specially to pray for him.
The Goforth's eighteen month old was very sick, and all attempts to save the toddler from dysentery seemed futile. Death, it seemed, was imminent. But as both parents knelt down to commit the little boy's soul to his Maker, the totally unexpected happened.
Encouraged by the testimony of Rev. Hunter Corbett, Rosalind Goforth vowed to remain in China to serve God notwithstanding the illness she battled with. Whether in life of death, they both had chosen to serve God and by His mercy, they were both healed of the dysentery that ailed them.
The Goforths need for someone to help with preaching to the crowds was met when two days after their prayer, the most unlikely answer to their prayer - an ex opium addict, emerged at their doorstep.
After much struggle, Rosalind joined Jonathan in surrendering to the will of God over their sick child who was at the point of death. As they committed the child to God’s keeping, the unexpected happened.
Li-ming refused to give in to the pressure from his peers to worship the locust god so his grains could be spared from their attack. Instead, he placed his faith only in Jesus, and when the locusts came, his faith in God was rewarded in the most outstanding manner.
In 1898, the Goforth's oldest child came down with pneumonia. So critical was his case that a doctor didn't think the boy will live till morning. But Mrs. Goforth believed differently and asked her son to commit himself to Jesus. And by the time the doctor returned again, things had taken a dramatic turn.
With all hopes of the doctor saving her child dashed, a poor woman and her husband decide to heed to Jonathan Goforth's advice to trust God for their baby's healing. And their faith in God was not dashed as their baby recovered and grew to become a healthy adult.
Troubled with the question of why they were saved while other believers gruesomely lost their lives in the 1900 Boxer uprising, Rosalind Goforth narrows it down to the power of united prayers by the saints on their behalf and to the sovereignty of God in allowing the shedding of the blood of His children as in both cases, His purposes were fulfilled.
A total stranger was used by the Lord to deliver a timely message to Rosalind Goforth who was about to travel to China in the wake of a cruel murder of missionaries. The message was a note which read: "No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper. (Isa. 54:17)"
Surrounded by a mob and faced with the possibility of death, Rosalind Goforth became overcome with the fear of what might happen to her and her companions. But she soon found remarkable comfort and peace from directly applicable Scripture promises.
Having lost all they had and barely escaped with their lives, the Goforths found a much needed refuge in a community of Muslims as they fled the 1900 Boxer crisis. They were in answer to prayers; eventually received, treated, fed and sheltered by these Muslims.
Though disappointed by the letter from their home church conveying news on the paucity of funds and the need for a downsizing of operations, the Goforths decided to continue with their work as planned, trusting that God will not fail them and He did not as they still had their needs met from unexpected sources.
Jonathan and Rosalind Goforth were in answer to prayer miraculously provided with free accommodation in Hotsun after their initial arrangement to secure one failed. Thanks to this provision, they were able to stay in the city and preach about Jesus for three days.
Rosalind Goforth and her kids were trying to flee China in the wake of a Boxer crisis, asides what they had on their bodies; they had no other clothes for the long voyage home. Rosalind took to her knees and cried out to God; twice she prayed, and twice, God answered her prayers most amazingly.
Rosalind Goforth was led by God in prayer to try a bread poultice remedy on the burnt foot of a little boy. Even though it felt absurd, Rosalind obeyed and to her astonishment, the remedy worked!
Overwhelmed by the number of inquirers seeking to know God at a little market town, Jonathan Goforth prayed intensely that Lord of the harvest will send more laborers to His field. And just as Jonathan had assured his wife, the Lord granted his request.
Having given her all for God, Rosalind stepped fully into the life of trusting for everything and enjoying God's supernatural and timely provision - her family's needs were all met, sometimes even before they became needs.
In obedience to the command in James 5:14-15, Mrs. Goforth got the elders to gather around a young boy who was suffering from tuberculosis. They knelt down and prayed for the sick boy as commanded and the Lord honoured his word; the boy was completely healed!
Jonathan Goforth had the opportunity to visit a lady in England who was led by God to pray for him at the specific times of various revival meetings in China.
The Lord honours Rosalind Goforth's definite request to have her son's gift used for his country's good but also that he be kept away from the trenches and from actual warfare during the Great War.
In a beautiful answer to prayer, the Goforths were miraculously provided with a fitting site upon which they built their home - and it was from that God-given home that the book from which this story originated, was written.
After years of struggling in vain to secure victory over sin, Rosalind Goforth finally found rest when she stumbled on the very secret that guarantees victory: Christ’s Indwelling Presence.