IF GOD BE FOR US WHO CAN BE AGAINST US
A missionary on furlough told this story while visiting his home church in Michigan. “While serving at a small field hospital in Africa, every two weeks I traveled by bicycle through the jungle to a nearby city for supplies. This was a journey of two days and required camping overnight at the halfway point.
On one of these journeys, I arrived in the city where I planned to collect money from a bank, purchase medicine and supplies, and then begin my two-day journey back to the field hospital. Upon arrival in the city, I observed two men fighting, one of whom had been seriously injured. I treated him for his injuries and at the same time talked to him about the Lord. Then on my way back home, I traveled two days, camping overnight, and arrived at the hospital without incident.”
“Two weeks later I repeated my journey. Upon arriving in the city, I was approached by the young man I had treated. He told me that he knew I would be carrying money and medicines. Some of his friends talked him into following the missionary into the jungle, knowing they would camp overnight. He told the missionary, “We rob you and take your money and drugs. But just as we were about to move into your camp, we saw that you were surrounded by 26 armed guards. At this, I laughed and said that I was certainly all alone in that jungle campsite. The young man pressed the point, however, and said, ‘No sir, I was not the only person to see the guards. My five friends also saw them, and we all counted them. It was because of those guards that we were afraid and left you alone.’”
At this point in the sermon, one of the men in the congregation jumped to his feet and interrupted the missionary and asked if he could tell him the exact day this happened. The missionary told the congregation the date, and the man who interrupted him then gave this testimony: “On the night of your incident in Africa, it was morning here and I was preparing to go play golf. I was about to get my equipment together when I felt this strong urge to pray for you. In fact, the urging of the Lord was so powerful, I called some of the men that attend this church to meet me here in the sanctuary to pray for you. In fact, they are all here tonight.” The man then turned around and asked, “Would all of those men who met with me on that day to pray please stand up?” The men who had met together to pray that day stood up.
The missionary wanted to thank them, and while doing so he noticed there were 26 of them. That’s when it hit him, these were the 26 armed guards that the young men saw who planned to rob him.
When he revealed this to the church, they all raised their hands and praised God for this miracle. It certainly should tell all of us that we may not know until heaven reveals all the secrets of earth that there were times in our lives when an accident, harm, or injury was prevented because of those who were praying for us. So the next time someone tells you, “I’ve been praying for you,” keep in mind that their prayers may have dispatched angels who were with you during your time of need. – Dr. Robert R Seyda