Today our country celebrates Memorial Day across the United States. It is the day on which we remember the men and women who have given their lives—sacrificing themselves in service for this country.
These men and women gave the greatest gift of love to mankind that it is possible to give. Jesus said, Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends (John 15:13). I express my deepest appreciation for each and every one of their lives, and we pray for their families.
Lord, we pray today for those who have lost loved ones in service to our country. We pray the prayer of faith and apply the Balm of Gilead to their minds and their spirits. Lord, we ask You to heal their hearts and their emotions, and we extend to them Your spirit of peace. You said in Psalm 107:20 that You sent Your Word and healed us and delivered us from every destruction. We send these precious families the healing Word of God today.
Father, we know there are forces of the ungodly who have staked their lives on destroying what this country stands for. We thank you for the men and women who have given their lives to raise up a standard against those forces. We remember their sacrifice and what they have done to protect and preserve America.
There comes a time in your Christian life when you know God has called you to do something for Him. But between the time He calls you and the time for you to launch out into the deep and actually do it, there are often times of preparation. He uses that time to equip you for what He has in mind. (See Luke 5:4,5.)
A minister friend once said to me, “Isn’t it amazing that when God calls you to do something, He always seems to ask you to do something you’ve never done and don’t know how to do? God doesn’t call the equipped; He equips the called!”
If the Lord has called you to do something and it hasn’t come to pass as quickly as you think it should, remember that He is probably taking that time to equip you. There are sometimes years of preparation, so don’t be discouraged.
For example, twelve years elapsed between the night God spoke to Oral and told him he was to have a healing ministry and someday build Him a university and the time he actually launched out to follow God’s call. Oral always called those years ‘dead years,’ but I used to say, “No, Oral, the Lord was preparing us for what He had in mind. Just remember how many souls you won to Jesus in those years when we pastored churches and traveled in ministry.” After twelve years of being faithful, God’s time came for us to launch out into the deep in faith.
Don’t ever be discouraged in being faithful to do what God has called you to do—even during those long periods of preparation. When He is through equipping you for His work, you will be ready to launch out!
Being a mom, I like to do special things for our three daughters. Sometimes I’ll fry some bananas, which is a favorite snack of Jordan’s, our oldest daughter. The recipe is simple—I just use a little brown sugar or maple syrup to fry the bananas. And when the bananas hit the sugar sizzling in the pan, you can smell them a mile away. As soon as the aroma reaches Jordan, she comes into the kitchen and gives her approval by saying, “Cool, Mom.” I know what that means. I’ve made her happy by frying her some bananas.
Just as I take pleasure in doing something as simple as frying bananas for my daughter, God takes pleasure in doing things for us, His children. God is a God of miracles and wonders, but He is also a God who takes delight in meeting our daily needs and prospering us. Luke 12:32 says, Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. Deuteronomy 30:9 NIV explains it further, The Lord your God will make you most prosperous in all the work of your hands and in the fruit of your womb, the young of your livestock and the crops of your land. The Lord will again delight in you and make you prosperous.
Most people think prosperity is only money-related. But as God’s Word says, prosperity can include health and wellness, welfare and well-being, and rest and peace. Just like any parent, God takes pleasure in the health, wealth, welfare, and peace of His children.
And in this Miracle Tour, I wanna say something to you right now. Maybe you will, and maybe you will not have an opportunity to go right where he’s been going on the road, but have a little miracle tour in your home right now, or wherever you’re listening. Why don’t you begin to have your own little miracle tour, the time between you and heavenly Father. And say, Father, in the name of Jesus, I just stretch out my faith to you. Lord, I’m sowing my seed to you. Lord, I’m expecting a miracle. Lord, I’m anointing with oil, or using a prayer cloth as a point of contact. Whatever the Lord directs you to do, as you do it, expect a miracle. And make that your own little miracle tour.
Now I believe in tithe and offering because it’s the bible. I am very, very careful to be up and careful with my tithe and with my offering. I really am. I’m not kidding about that because I take it seriously in the bible. When the bible says to use anointing oil, I take that seriously. When the bible says about prayer cloths, I believe in that because to me that’s a container of the anointing.
So I wanna encourage you, whatever the Lord directs you to do, whether it’s through your tithe, whether it’s through the prayer of faith, whether it’s through anointing oil, have your own little mini-miracle tour right there where you’re at, and begin to expect a miracle. Be obedient to the word of God, and then expect the word of God to create that atmosphere for you. Expect a miracle in Jesus name.
RR: Lindsay, I just am thinking as you’re talking, many people have lack in their lives, debt in their lives, loss in their lives. And one thing that many people are lacking is they’re lacking a relationship with Jesus Christ. You said it earlier, Lindsay, the greatest miracle of all is the salvation of the soul.
RR: And the Miracle Tour is coming next to Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, and then in June, to the United Kingdom in the London area. Lindsay, I’m excited about that, and praise God for it. And thank God for all those miracles we saw in Toledo, Ohio. And there were many more. I just shared a few with you.
Lindsay, just in these moments we have remaining, I wanna just take a moment and I wanna say what has been on my heart for about the past week or ten days. And that is, most people that I know are facing some type of lack. Or some type of debt. Or some type of loss. And many people are discouraged. And many people say, well, I guess there’s no way for me. God has forgotten me. There’s no way on this earth that a miracle’s gonna come my way.
Well, perhaps that’s how Bartimaeus felt. Sitting on the highway side begging, blind, perhaps I don’t know how many years, but maybe all of his life. I don’t know. I know he was blind. Sitting there with his beggars’ robe on, which gave him permission to beg by the side of the road. It was a legal garment, literally, so people could see it and see that he was a beggar, and that he had a legal right to beg for money. But when he heard that Jesus was passing by, something inside of him cried out. Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me. And Jesus stopped. And Jesus asked him a powerful question, what do you want me to do for you?
I believe Jesus is asking that question of us today. What do you want me to do for you? Bartimaeus cast off his beggar’s robe, and said to Jesus, Lord, I want to see. And Jesus healed him.
Lindsay, Jesus has not turned the light out on the healing ministry. He’s the same yesterday, today and forever. And that’s why we call this the Place For Miracles. We believe every day for God’s healing touch. You just heard Charles testimony from Sarasota, Florida.
RR: Hello, Richard and Lindsay Roberts here. Let these words get into your spirit. Something good is going to happen to YOU! Let that get inside you. Something good is going to happen to you. Now, what do I mean? I mean, something good from God. I’m expecting something good from God to happen to you, in the authority of Jesus mighty name.
Hello again. As I said I’m Richard Roberts, and welcome to the Place For Miracles. If you need special prayer, the Abundant Life Prayer Group is ready to receive your call right now. There you see the prayer partners. These prayer partners work in shifts around the clock. The prayer group never closes. They’re on duty seven days a week, 24 hours a day, all around the year. They never close. We’ve received over 23 million telephone calls through the Abundant Life Prayer Group. The number is 9-1-8-4-9-5-7-7-7-7. Now, when you call, hopefully the early part of the program you’re gonna get in. If you call a little later, you may get a busy signal. And if you do, stay on hold. You’ll hear Lindsay and me reading scriptures. Or, if you can’t stay on hold, you can press zero and you can leave a voicemail. Every prayer request, every one of them, comes to me so that I can lay my hands on them and pray and believe God for a miracle. Now, you may prefer to email your testimony or your prayer request, and if you do, that’s fine. Those are all brought to me as well. OralRoberts.com, or write Richard and Lindsay Roberts, Tulsa, Oklahoma.
I’ve got a testimony from Janet in Davison, Michigan. She emailed me, and she said, I woke up one morning to find the left side of my face was drooping, and I was in excruciating pain. Then I was diagnosed with Bell’s Palsy. It affected the seventh nerve. I called the Abundant Life Prayer Group. I asked them and you and Lindsay to pray. Well, we began praying for Janet, believing God for a miracle. I’m calling back now to tell you that I am healed. There is now no more evidence of any Bell’s Palsy in my face. God is always on time. Never give up. He is awesome, and he is faithful. And Janet, we give praise to God. Thank God for this testimony of healing.
If you need prayer, let us know, cause that’s what this healing ministry is all about. This ministry is designed to help people get well through faith in Jesus name. And that’s what I wanna do with my life. I wanna spend my life mending the hearts and lives of broken people just like these who need healing. Healing from the from the crown of their heads to the soles of their feet. That’s my calling. And I thank God for an opportunity to live out that calling.
The bible says in Acts 10:38, that Jesus went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed of the devil, for God was with him. Now that’s the Jesus that I know. The one with healing. The one who came to save, deliver and set your free, from the from the crown of your head even unto the soles of your feet. That’s the Jesus that these people want me to pray in that name for their healing. And I’m setting my faith right now, because that’s the call of God on my life, and that’s the call of God on this ministry, to bring healing, deliverance and miracles into the lives of people in every area of their lives from the from the crown of their heads even to the soles of their feet. For just like this song says, I wanna spend my whole life mending broken lives.
That’s the call of God on my life, and that’s my desire, to see the broken hearts of people, the broken bodies, the broken lives healed by the power of God. And I set my faith right now with Yvonne in Orlando. I rebuke this problem in your eyes. I rebuke this problem in your heart, and I send the word. Yvonne, there’s no distance in prayer. I send the word to you in Orlando, and I believe God for healing.
The invalid at the Pool of Bethesda was believing for a legend…for an angel…for a specific time for the waters to be stirred…for a man to take him to the water (John 5:1-15). When his healing hadn’t occurred over the years, these became his excuses for why he hadn’t been healed.
Because of the legend, the man had his own idea of how he would get healed. That’s why when Jesus asked him if he would be made whole, he answered, “I have no man” (v. 7). But the MAN he truly needed—Jesus, the Son of God—was standing right in front of him, asking him the right question, “Will you be made whole?”
Our opinions shape our answers. Has someone ever asked you, “Are you going to do this?” and immediately you answer, “No, I can’t do that because I don’t have enough education.” Or maybe the question was, “Are you going to go there?” and your answer was, “No, I don’t make enough money to go.” Your preconceived notions answer, “No, I don’t have this. No, I can’t do that.”
Those are like the answers—the excuses—the invalid gave Jesus because his faith to be healed was misplaced. It wasn’t in God. God gives us all the opportunities in the world to receive the miracles He has for us. If our faith is in the wrong place, giving us the wrong answers, then when God is ready to give us a miracle, we may miss our divine appointment with Him. We may automatically give Him the wrong answer because our faith was misplaced.
Have you ever felt that your faith wasn’t working? You may even know these Scriptures: God has dealt to each one a measure of faith (Romans 12:3 NKJV), and Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God (Romans 10:17 NKJV), but you still feel your faith is lacking.
Maybe your faith needs more “exercise.”
Think of it this way: we’re all created with the same number of bones and muscles, but we aren’t all the same when it comes to physical strength. Some people exercise and work out, and their muscles become more developed and stronger than those who don’t exercise.
It’s the same with our faith. We’ve each been given a measure of faith, but to build up and strengthen our faith we need to exercise and develop our spiritual muscles. Here’s a spiritual workout plan to try:
Read the Bible aloud. To stand firm against the enemy, you have to know the authority the Bible gives you. The Word says to resist the devil, and he will flee from you (James 4:7 NIV). Tell the devil, “Listen to what I’ve got to say to you,” and begin to read God’s Word aloud.
Dig into the Word of God. Look in your Bible’s concordance and find every Scripture that has the word faith in it. Look up those Scriptures and declare them as your Bible rights every day.
Strong, developed muscles don’t happen by themselves, it takes work and determination to build them up. A strong, developed faith can’t grow on its own, either. If you feel your faith isn’t strong enough, it’s time to begin a spiritual workout.