|24 Oct 2001 @ 15:03, by Kay Simmons|
This story is true and an incredible example of how the Spirit of the Lord moves in mysterious ways. If you ever hear such prodding, go along with it. Nothing is ever hurt by prayer except the gates of hell.
The 26 Men
Here's a message that will bring you chills. Have you ever
felt the urge to pray for someone and then just put it on
a list and said,"I'll pray for them later"? Or has anyone
ever called you and said, "I need you to pray for me, I
have this need."?
Read the following story that was sent to me and may it
change the way that you may think about prayer and also the
way you pray. You will be blessed by this.
A missionary on furlough told this true 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
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.
I then traveled two days, camping overnight, and arrived home
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 had known I carried money and medicines.
He said, 'Some friends and I followed you into the jungle,
knowing you would camp overnight. We planned to kill 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
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 told him this story: "On the
night of your incident in Africa, it was morning here and I
was preparing to go play golf. I was about to putt when I
felt the urge to pray for you. In fact, the urging of the
Lord was so strong, I called men in this church to meet
with me here in the sanctuary to pray for you.
Would all of those men who met with me on that day stand up?"
The men who had met together to pray that day stood up.
The missionary wasn't concerned with who they were, he was
too busy counting how many men he saw. There were 26 men.
This story is an incredible example of how the Spirit of the
Lord moves in mysterious ways. If you ever hear such
prodding, go along with it. Nothing is ever hurt by prayer
except the gates of hell.