James 5:15 – And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up . . .
The year was 1976. The Church of God we were attending was holding revival meetings with a true evangelist named Wayne Smith. My father was very sick at that time, suffering with bleeding ulcers. He was scheduled for one final exam, after which he was scheduled for surgery to attempt to correct the stomach issue. I shared this with the evangelist, and on a Tuesday night after the service, he told me he believed he should go then and minister to my father.
He followed me to my father’s house, and I took him in to introduce him to my parents. He could see that my father was suffering and seriously needed healing in his body. He quoted James 5:13-16, and then asked if we had any anointing oil in the house. (The traditional thought is that anointing oil is olive oil.) We had none. He thought about it for a moment, and turned to my mother and asked, “Do you have any cooking oil?” Mom went to the pantry and retrieved a bottle of Wesson oil she used for cooking. The evangelist said that would be fine. He anointed my father with that oil, and then he prayed the prayer of faith for my father’s healing. There was in immediate felt presence of the Lord in the room, and my father, who had been lying on the couch, sat up abruptly. Suddenly the color returned to his face, his breathing steadied, and he said, “The pain is gone.” We had a wonderful time of rejoicing and thanking the Lord, and then my father walked Evangelist Wayne Smith to the door, thanking him for his ministry.
Two days later, my dad entered the hospital for some morning tests, after which he would stay the night and go into surgery early on Friday morning. The tests were performed, and we began the wait for surgery the next day. We arrived at the hospital early the next morning to visit with my father prior to the surgery. As we chatted, his doctor came into the room. He paused for a moment, and then spoke. “Clyde, I don’t know what has happened, but you don’t need any surgery. We’re releasing you this morning to go home.” I asked the doctor about what he said. The test performed on the previous day used a scope inserted into my father’s stomach so they could clearly see what needed to be done. That examination revealed a completely well stomach with no signs of any kind of ulcers. My friend, this miracle took place long after the Scriptures were written. Anyone telling me that signs and wonders have passed away is too late. This was indeed an Acts 29 manifestation.
Manna for Today – James 5:13-16; Mark 16:15-20; John 14:12-14; John 15:7; John 17:18; John 20:21