Timely prayer for someone far away
Matthew 18:19 (ASV)
19Again I say unto you, that if two of you shall agree on earth as touching anything that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father who is in heaven.
A woman was led to pray for a friend who was in another country climbing an icy mountain. He was narrowly rescued from a perilous fall at the very time she was led to pray.
A friend, seven thousand miles away, was prompted to pray for the Goldsmiths and their medical needs.
Jonathan Goforth had a problem reading and speaking the Chinese language, and he feared he would be a failure as a missionary. One day while preaching, he experienced an unusual fluency. God had performed a miracle. Unknown to him at the time, this help from God came as a result of the prayer of some students half a world away. They had prayed for Goforth at the precisely same day he had experienced the language breakthrough.
While in London Mr. Goforth met an invalid woman who was known as a powerful prayer intercessor on behalf of others. She told him that one time when she had heard about certain meetings Mr. Goforth was holding in Manchuria, she was led especially to intercede to God on his behalf. In comparing their calendars, Mr. Goforth was in awe that on the particular days she was led to pray for him, he was most effective in faraway Manchuria.
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. They compared stories and found that the times the woman felt led to pray for the Goforths corresponded with times of great revival in China.
Fifteen-year-old Hudson Taylor had picked up a little gospel tract to read, simply as a diversion. But at that same time, several miles away, his mother felt led to pray to God for his conversion. Locking her door, she cried for hours until she could no longer pray, but instead thanked God for answering her prayer. Indeed, her timely prayer was answered!
Nine years before he wrote this testimony, Buddy's sister was about to undergo a life-threatening medical procedure with a 1/100 chance for survival, and though she was 500 miles away, he went to God at that moment to pray for her. By the next morning, he learned that she was well and even wanted to see him!
In an hour of failing strength, when he doubted his ability to go through with a service, a preacher mysteriously finds his strength renewed and completely rested. It was only later that he discovered that at that particular time, two groups of believers in different places were praying to God on his behalf.
Parents led to pray for their wayward son just as he—unknown to them—is in a gospel meeting. He was saved that night.
John and Isobel Kuhn witnessed a great spiritual victory that came about through prayer at exactly the right time, but from the other side of the world.
Prayer and its Remarkable Answers, Being a Statement of Facts in the Light of Reason and Revelation by William W. Patton
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.
Tales of Trust, Embracing Authentic Accounts of Providential Guidance, Assistance, and Deliverance by H. L. Hastings
A Christian wife was home praying for her husband and his brother who were both out in the cold on a stormy day. It was when her husband finally returned that she learned that her prayer was timely, even though her husband was distant!
In 1938, during a Japanese attack on China, the premises of the China Inland Mission in Shansi were at risk of being bombed. But in the midst of the crisis, Kathryn Lederach found herself much at peace, and was even singing. A month later she learned that someone in her home country had been clearly led to pray for her at that very moment.
In 1764, a Methodist preacher, Dr. Whitehead was asked by a man to pray for his critically sick daughter who was miles away. He did, and that same night, the daughter dreamt of a man praying fervently for her, and incredibly, when she recovered from her illness, she recognized Dr Whitehead as the man from her dream.
Willis Hotchkiss tells of being chased by a lion, only to have it give up the chase suddenly and run away. Later Hotchkiss learns of how far away friends were led to pray for him at that very moment.
Edman's attitude was seen by all and highly commended to be like Christ. This attitude was partly due to a near death experience in Ecuador. Believers far away in America were praying for him at the same time.
To Believe But Also to Suffer, The Story of Today's Heroes Behind the Iron Curtain by Marguerite Warburton
While Marguerite and her team were in far away eastern Europe one night trying to deliver two smuggled large print Bibles to needy believers in a country there, unbeknownst to them, a believer in their home country was at that very moment interceding that they will be successful, and they were!
A Christian wife prayed that the Lord would preserve and save her husband; unknown to her, the husband was facing turbulence at sea on that very day. The next day he returned home with news that he had been saved from waves and gave his life to Christ.
Mrs. Chipperfield had a strong impression of praying for her son, sensing that something evil would happen to him. She prayed earnestly. The next day she opened the papers and saw that her son had escaped a train accident. God heard her prayer!
While praying, Hamilton felt a great burden to pray for a crew traveling from Boston to Cienfugos. He travailed for a long time until the burden was lifted. When the crew returned safely, they related how they faced a turbulent sea at the time Hamilton was praying for them. God had delivered them through his prayers.
Some bishops gathered to pray for their friend, Bishop Simpson, who was sick at the hospital. After an intense prayer session, many thought, "Bishop Simpson will not die." At that very hour, Bishop Simpson was beginning his recovery, a few moments after the doctor had declared there was no medical hope for him.