Prayer and its Remarkable Answers, Being a Statement of Facts in the Light of Reason and Revelation
by William W. Patton
Scripture Testimony Index stories in this book
Martin Luther had a habit of complete dependence on God. Prayer was his life and he approached God daily, with both reverence and confidence.
Catharine Adorna's total dependence on God for all her needs; material or immaterial, was exemplary. Whatever she needed, God was her go-to Person and with confidence, she always would approach Him!
Dorothea Trudel's mother was materially poor yet rich in her faith in God. With eleven children and an irresponsible husband, the demands on her were enormous, yet God was her refuge and He did not fail to meet the needs of her family.
Henry Young Stilling was a poor student, often in want, but in answer to his prayers, timely help always came his way. His needs were met by strangers, friends and superiors; all messengers of his Heavenly Father.
A minister near Philadelphia informed a woman from his congregation that her husband had perished in a shipwreck on the coast of Ireland. However, the woman, who had been praying for her husband's safety, insisted that he was alive and later it was revealed that he had indeed survived.
While on a journey, Mr Blair had to choose between visiting two friends who lived on different routes. He prayed to God for divine guidance on who to visit and followed his horse, which led him to both friends who happened to be together at that particular time!
Washington Allston, a struggling artist, was still locked in his studio, praying for a loaf of bread when a knock on his door led to an encounter with a stranger who purchased Allston's painting "The Angel Uriel" for four hundred pounds, an amount that was unbelievably generous to Allston as it relieved him from his poverty.
During a hot and dry season in Oberlin, Ohio, a total absence of rain caused severe suffering among the people residing there. Meanwhile, Charles Finney, a Christian preacher, was taking a walk in Orbelin when he met someone who questioned the goodness of God denying them rain and instead wasting it over the lake that needed it not. This caused Finney to pray fervently, and soon after, a rushing sound of rain fell; bringing much-needed relief to a suffering people.
With child-like faith and simplicity, a young Jane Conry Pithey, faced with the unlikelihood of an answer, took her need for a piano to God in prayer. The remarkable answer that followed her prayer taught her an enduring lesson—to carry all her wants, however small or great, to her Heavenly Father.
Miss Lucy R. Drake shares her experience of learning to live by faith, foregoing her salary and trusting in God to provide for her needs. She recounts instances where she asked God for money for herself or for her missionary work, the amazing answers to those prayers and her unwavering confidence in God's will even when some of her prayers did not get answered.
Billy Bray needed a pulpit for his chapel and at an auction, he found a three-cornered cupboard, which he believed could be repurposed into a pulpit. Billy trusted God, even when someone else outbid him to claim the cupboard and the situation eventually turned in his favour, allowing him to acquire the same pulpit at the same price he bid, and with someone else carrying it for him.
I. H. Wilt, clerk of the Baptist Church in Colorado, was attacked by a cinnamon bear while hunting for cows. His attempt to escape by climbing a tree, proved to be fruitless as the bear caught him and tore his boots and flesh. In his extremity, he called to God for help, and was wonderfully delivered!
A lady left a bequest of $500 to a long-lost relative who had moved to the great West. After months of trying to track her down, the executor finally found her in Ohio and notified her of the inheritance. To his utter surprise, the woman had been praying for exactly $500 to solve a particular need. That inheritance, the mount, and the time it got to her made it a perfect answer to her prayer.
After experiencing miraculous healings in her own family, Dorothea Trudel began to pray for others and soon became known for her ability, under God, to heal the sick. Despite facing persecution and legal battles, her self-denying zeal and earnest prayers won the support of many, and her healing ministry continued to thrive to the glory of God.
After years of suffering from chronic rheumatism, Jane C. Miller resigned herself to a life of pain and disability. However, after attending a prayer meeting where a fellow Christian spoke with her about being healed through faith, Miller's faith was strengthened to trust God for her own healing. And after a prayer session that same day, the miraculous happened; she felt a sudden change and was able to walk without aid for the first time in seven years.
After suffering from sciatic rheumatism and hip disease that rendered her invalid for months, Nettie, an eight-year-old girl, was cured of her ailments by prayer and faith in Jesus, after being unable to afford medical treatment at a surgical institute in Indianapolis, much to the surprise of her doctor and family. Nettie has remained free from pain and illness ever since.
Dr Charles Cullis, superintendent of the Consumptives' Home in Boston, shares his experience of relying on prayer for healing, as well as financial support. He recounts an instance where he read a Bible verse (James 5:15) promising healing to a Christian sister with a tumour, anointed her with oil, and witnessed her miraculous recovery.
Luther valued Melancthon's learning and gentle demeanour in the fight for reformation, especially as it contrasted and balanced his own, sometimes brash nature, so, when summoned to his deathbed, Luther pleaded with God for his friend's recovery. Despite Melancthon's protests that he was ready to depart, Luther persisted in his prayer. In the end, Melancthon recovered, in direct answer to prayer.
A young lady lost her reason and was placed in an institution for the insane in Iowa, with no hope of recovery. A year later, a Baptist minister's wife felt drawn to pray for her and assured the young lady's father, who had long given up any hope of his daughter recovering, that his daughter would be fully restored. Soon after, news of a sudden change for the better arrived, and in just over two months, the young lady returned home well and resumed teaching. The head of the hospital, an unbeliever, described it as the most remarkable case of recovery he had seen during his eight years there.
Clinging to the scriptures, 'Jesus the same yesterday, today and forever' and will 'withhold no good thing from them that walk uprightly', Father Harding petitioned God to heal him of a deafness that had persisted for twenty years. In a matter of hours, the seemingly impossible became possible!
A woman struggled with an impatient and irritable temper, feeling powerless to control sudden outbursts that were unworthy of a disciple of Christ. Despite her best efforts at changing, victory eluded her, until urged to make a complete consecration of herself to God and to put specific faith into her prayer for acceptance and keeping. Learning the value of believing prayer, she found victory over her erratic temper.
A student shares his personal experience of struggling with temptation and striving for freedom from sin. Through prayer and a desire to be like Christ, he experienced periods of uninterrupted peace and joy, but also moments of struggle and conflict with the devil. But as he persevered in prayer, lasting victory was, at last, won, giving him the strength to do God's will.
A physician recounts his struggle to overcome sin through prayer. He finds no rest until he gives himself wholly to God and realizes the power of the Lord's Prayer, which he uses as a constant reminder to trust in God's strength to keep him from temptation. With this revelation, he found peace and rest, simply asking Jesus to keep him, for after all, "Thine is the power and the glory."
Rev. W.H. Boole shares stories of individuals who were able to break free from addiction to several vices through faith in Jesus. One man who had been using tobacco for forty years was delivered from the desire for it after an act of faith in Jesus, while another prominent church member who had smoked cigars for thirty years was also able to overcome his addiction through specific application to Christ. Even a confirmed opium eater and a carpenter who was dependent on morphine found freedom from their addictions through faith in Christ.
Mrs C.S. Whitney reports that her husband gave up his 25-year tobacco habit after realizing it was sinful. When he was tempted to smoke again, he prayed to the One able to save to the uttermost to destroy the craving, and it was immediately answered.
Rev. Mr H-, a converted drunkard, faced a challenging moment one day on his way home when passing a rum shop. His old appetite craved satisfaction, and he cried mightily to God for deliverance from it. God heard and answered him, and he rose up a free man and has remained free ever since.
David Cresswell, a stammering and blaspheming Roman Catholic addicted to tobacco and alcohol, became convicted with a sense of his sin after joining a prayer meeting. And after finding peace in Christ, he changed; lost his taste for liquor and tobacco, and was cured of his speech impediment.
Two ministers testify of their victory over the habit of smoking through prayer. Despite years of failed attempts, they laid the pipe aside and trusted in God to deliver them. The result for them was a complete loss of desire for tobacco, all to the glory of God.
A man who had been addicted to tobacco and liquor since his youth became a drunkard. After a minister held a prayer meeting at his house, the man decided to try religion to cure his habits. He knelt down and asked God to remove his appetite for tobacco, and it was done. In his words, "My sins were all forgiven, and I was made a new man all over—inside and outside.”
Spiritual burden for a lost people group to be savedPray for all people, that they may come to Christ
A theological student took charge of a Bible class of young ladies, determined to seek the conversion of every member. Through personal conversations and special prayer for each student, he saw all but one member - Harriet J - converted. Twenty-seven years later, when the student was preaching in Brooklyn, a middle-aged woman approached him and revealed herself to be Harriet J-, and said she loved the Lord Jesus Christ, showing that the student's prayers had been answered even after all those years.
A man of Christian parentage gave in to the devil and abandoned his faith, but for twenty years, few of his Christian friends prayed for his conversion. Also, a group of Christian ladies, all strangers to him, prayed specifically for him until he quit drinking and gradually regained his faith, experiencing profound joy and peace in the Lord.
A skeptical young man was brought to an evening meeting during a revival but intentionally disregarded the message. However, after being prayed for by two women, he was overcome with guilt and a conviction of his, and despite his initial despair, he later submitted himself unconditionally to God and found peace and joy in embracing Christ.
Dr Wisner recalls how a fervent prayer by his elder, asking God "to trouble the impenitent that they would feel constrained to awaken us in the night to inquire what they should do to be saved", was answered in a powerful way. The prayer led to an unexpected awakening in a nearby Academy; many were convicted of their sins that night and many more were rejoicing in hope the next morning.
A woman who founded a religious school for women began to doubt whether God accepted her work. To test her faith, she chose the most difficult student and prayed that God would bring her to Him. Within a week the student, of her own accord, came to her, seeking the way of salvation, and later became a missionary. This answered prayer not only gave the school's founder hope, but also signalled the school's future success in producing Christian women.
Rev. Charles G. Finney shared the story of a man who kept a list of people to pray for. He would pray for them with a passion, even calling on others to help him pray for certain cases. A tavern owner who was a violent and outrageous opposer to Christianity was one such person, but through the man's persistent prayers, this tavern owner was converted and his bar room became a place of prayer meetings.
An elderly widow, whose father was unconverted, prayed for his conversion. Despite living six hundred miles away, she wept in prayer for him one Monday evening, casting him over to Christ until a feeling of perfect peace came over her. The very next day, she received a letter from her family announcing his conversion on the same evening she had prayed for him.
Rev. Allen Hazen recounts the conversion of a learned Brahman who, despite being employed as an assistant in translation and having a high respect for the Christian religion, clung to his native faith. However, when he suffered intensely from rheumatism and was about to commit suicide, he prayed to Jesus for relief and vowed to confess Christ and profess his faith by baptism. His prayer was answered, and he was baptized, providing a double answer to prayer - his and that of the missionaries who had been praying for his conversion for years.
Two mothers met at a church service and decided to pray together for their daughters who had no hope in Christ. As they were yet praying, one of the daughters came to find her mother and announced that she had found Christ. They all rejoiced and gave thanks to God, and the other daughter was also converted the following day.
In 1835, C.B. Crane entered Hamilton College with the goal of becoming a lawyer, but after a profound experience of Christ's love, he devoted himself to the ministry of the word. His father, who was a pastor in a nearby village, had been praying fervently for his son to become a Christian man and a minister. When C.B. Crane wrote his father expressing his desire to live a Christian life and become a minister, his father was not surprised because he had been confident that his specific prayer for Crane had been answered.
In a town in Vermont, religion was declining, and the weekly prayer meetings at the red schoolhouse were cancelled due to a lack of attendance. However, a praying old lady continued to attend and spent an hour in earnest prayer for a revival. She reported to a deacon that she had a blessed time with the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and word spread, leading to a crowded meeting the following week and a subsequent revival of great interest.
A sick and poor man in New York prayed for the salvation of an unconverted businessman who had shown him kindness. The man's prayers led to the businessman's conversion, and eventually a powerful revival spread throughout the region. The man kept a diary in which he recorded his prayers for over thirty ministers, churches, and missionary stations, and the revival occurred in the same order he had prayed for them.
Augustus Herman Franke, a minister in Halle, Germany, started an orphan asylum for poor children with no other resources than hope in God to provide. When funds to meet daily needs were exhausted, he would report it to the Lord and ask for the necessary aid. His prayers were always answered, and he received unexpected donations that met the daily needs of the orphanage.
Augustus Herman Franke, a minister in Halle, Germany, often found himself without funds to provide for the needs of the children under his care. Despite this, Augustus trusted in God's provision and repeatedly experienced miraculous interventions and timely deliveries of money to carry on the work entrusted into his hands.
George Müller's faith was tested when the orphanage treasury was reduced to half of its starting balance in just three months, leaving only enough money to cover a single month's expenses. However, Müller trusted in God's provision and through prayer, the orphanage received unexpected donations that left a balance of $48,000 one month later. Over the course of 41 years, Müller relied solely on believing prayer to meet the enormous needs of the work entrusted to him, and God was faithful to supply for His work.
Following the example of Mr Muller, Dr Cullis resolved to rely on prayer and faith alone for financial support when he established a home for poor consumptives who were not admitted to hospitals. And the Lord was faithful to meet the needs of that work as it arose.