God Answers Prayer

  • 16 November 2013
  • Randy Wollf

Man holding stomach with quote, "It felt like someone was twisting a knife in my stomach."I was lying in a Filipino hospital with excruciating pain. It felt like someone was twisting a knife in my stomach. The doctor’s first priority was to rehydrate me, as I had gone through a serious bout of dysentery. They did a series of tests, but could not determine the cause of my pain. After a day, the pain went away. Not knowing what else to do, the doctors released me from the hospital. As I l walked out the hospital exit, the pain came back.

I decided to go back to the missions guesthouse where we as a short-term missions team had been staying. As the “knife” work continued, I asked my teammates to pray for me. They prayed for God’s healing. The pain gradually subsided and by the next morning, it was gone for good. I have no doubt that God answered prayer by healing me.

The early Christians certainly knew about the power of prayer. After the Jewish leaders had commanded Peter and John to stop speaking about Jesus  (Acts 4:18-31), they went to their own people and together, they prayed. How did God respond to their prayers? “After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly” (v. 31).

God’s power not only shook the building , but also moved the people to speak the Word of God boldly. All of this came after the people prayed together.

I am convinced that prayer is our primary way of moving the hand of God. He doesn’t always say yes to our prayers, but how will He answer at all, unless we ask.

Power to Witness

  • 16 October 2013
  • Randy Wollf

Acts 1:8When I recommitted my life to the Lord as an 18-year-old, I almost immediately had two desires: to study the Bible and to share my faith. Growing up in Caronport, Saskatchewan where most of the people in the town were Christians connected to the local Bible College (Briercrest), I had to travel 15 miles to the city of sin (Moose Jaw) to find some people who didn’t yet have a relationship with Jesus. I was terribly afraid, but I felt God’s power as I hit the streets of Moose Jaw. That summer, I was a camp counselor at Ranger Lake and Luseland Bible Camps. Once again, I experienced God’s power as He helped me to share the Gospel with the kids in my cabin.

Over the years, I have gone through seasons where I am not as active in sharing my faith. Yet, whenever I read Acts 1:8, I am reminded that the Holy Spirit will give us the strength to share Christ with others. “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”