By Loren Due PhD, DMin
March 16, 2019
Prayer Request: To see a miracle
Diagnosis: Stroke or TIA
This is my testimony as I remember each detail. I was in prayer sometime during the week of March 4 – 8, I was interceding for others and ask God a question for myself. During this prayer time, I spent time reading my confession of faith and calling names of those that I pray for each day. As I went through my prayer time, I began to practice Jude 20. The intensity of the prayer time gained momentum to the point of no return where I found myself intently seeking the presence of the Lord.
One thing, I know is that if you believe God’s word it will come to reality. I am reminded of what Jesus said in his word in Matthew 7:7-11 (KJV) 7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: 8 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.9 Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone? 10 Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent? 11 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?
Jesus gives us the discourse on how to receive what is in our heart. When Jesus says, “Ask” he means for us to ask him. We must remember that when we ask it must what is according to His will for our life. We must get it in our spirit to ask according to His will by not asking silly things or things that are obviously not his will, such as, you are married and ask for the pretty women in church that sits on the front row at your church. Or you ask God to make you white when you were born black. Learn to stay in His will. When Jesus says “Ask,” it is emphatic without any recourse for doubt. You must learn to “Ask” in faith.
You say what is faith it is according to Hebrews 11:1 (KJV) 1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1 (NLT) 1 Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see. Hebrews 11:1 (AMP) 1 NOW FAITH is the assurance (the confirmation, the title deed) of the things [we] hope for, being the proof of things [we] do not see and the conviction of their reality [faith perceiving as real fact what is not revealed to the senses].
You can compare each verse in the different versions above in order to get a clear definition and understanding of what faith is. When you exercise your faith you are pleasing God as stated in Hebrews 11:6.
So when you “Ask,” in faith you are pleasing God and guaranteeing that what you ask when it is according to His will, will happen. You must not waiver at your request. Then Jesus goes on to say not only to “Ask,” but next you must seek. When you seek you, you go out of your way to look for what it is that is unseen. Seeking is something you continue to do until you find it, either in the natural or spiritual realm. And finally he tells us to “Knock” When you “Knock,” you are exerting the energy in yourself in Him to cause action to come in place. When you knock on a door when you are visiting someone they come to the door and open it. When you knock on Jesus door, He will open it if you are sincere, determined and operating in faith according to His will.
Jesus goes a little further the second time to add the eth on the words to let you know sometime it requires you to continue to Ask, Seek and Knock until you get an answer. The suffix ASKETH, SEEKETH and KNOCKETH means keep doing it until you get an answer. It does not mean your faith is weak, but it may not be God’s timing or you are asking out of God’s will. You learn patience when you walk by faith and not by sight. As you wait on the answer, you discover and experience growth in your walk with the Lord.
Then Jesus makes it clear by asking who will give his son a stone in place of a piece of bread. Most parents will their child what he ask for if they can afford it. He takes his question further by asking if you would give your child a serpent if he ask for a fish. Jesus knew that if a parent loved his child he would not give him/her a serpent or a stone. He uses that technique of reasonable verses unreasonable to point a salient point.
Jesus knew there were evil people around so he asks the question by saying if you are evil and know how to give good gifts to your children, then, understand that the Father who is in heaven will certainly give good gifts to them that “ASK.” The beauty of all this is that the Father loves and Satan will never know love ever again from the Father as we do. That is one of the many reasons Satan hates us.
As I was exercising my faith, I ministered March 11, 2019 on the Omega Man Radio channel and went to bed extremely tired from several days of intense work on my job and in the ministry. The next morning I woke up with blurred vision in my left eye. My wife said to me that you look tired. I responded by saying I am very tired and I am going to work. Everything was blurry in my left eye. I tried different glasses to see if that would help the blurriness, it did not.
I got to work and the blurriness continued. I called my wife and told her and her response was for me to call Kaiser. My call to Kaiser ended with the nurse instructing me to get to St. Mary’s in the next two hours. They told me to have someone drive me, but I drove myself and kept my left eye closed all the way. It showed me what people go through with one eye. The drive was about 6 miles from my job to St. Mary’s Medical Center.
When I finally found a parking place about two blocks away, I was startled when I entered the Emergency Room. There were people in every chair and in every hallway as I walked to the front desk. When I got in line I stood behind a number people who had serious health challenges, but what I did not know is how serious my challenge was. The nurse began to register me in by asking for my Kaiser Card and then she ask what was wrong with me! When I said I was having the trouble with my left eye she immediately told me to come around the counter and lay on the bed. All of sudden there were doctors and nurses everywhere around me. The nurses ask me to squeeze her hand and the next thing I remember is the doctor turning his head away from me, but I could still see his lips saying stroke victim.
The next thing I know I was being wheel away for different test and being hooked up to a bunch of electronic probes. They kept testing my heart, my head and my blood. Finally, I was in a curtained area in the ER number 5. I then called my wife to tell her of my admittance to the hospital waiting on a room. When my wife arrived, she said I looked out of it and I was. She stayed with me the whole time. After about two hours, my sight returned to clarity in both eyes; the blurriness cleared up. I thought they would let me go home, but they continued to monitor me and take various test.
That same morning I heard the Holy Spirit say to me to quote Psalm 23 only to find out that three people had died in the ER. A baby, a young girl and an older woman, died within 10 feet of me. The Lord truly was my shepherd and he blessed me to be in the valley of the shadow of death. Day one ended 10 hours later with me transferred to a hospital down the mountain. My wife and I stayed in that hospital 3, more days until they finally gave me an MRI. Praise God all the test came back negative including the MRI.
All I can say is to be careful what you ask for because you may get it and it evolves around you. The Lord gave me a miracle that I asked for, for someone else. I had no idea God was going to grant the miracle for me.
Are you ready for your miracle?