The doctors told John Lake there was nothing they could do for his son. He was going to die. Lake ignored the doctors and sat down in a chair next to his son who lay in a coma on a hospital bed.
As Lake sat there, he said, “Death, you can not have my son. Devil, you can not have my son.”
Then, he set his face like flint and did not move for three days.
Doctors and nurses urged Lake to leave the room, but he ignored them. He understood spiritual warfare and he was there to win a battle, not to placate people.
After three days, his son threw his legs over the side of the bed. Father and son then went home.
John Lake’s ministry had over 100,000 documented healing miracles in Spokane, Washington, between 1914 and 1919. At the time, Spokane was called the “Healthiest City in America.” Lake often stated that he saw greater healing miracles during his missionary tour in Africa (1908 – 1913).
Most of us Christians would love to be like John Lake. So, why aren’t we?
If there was ever a man who walked in the revelation of “God in man,” it was John G. Lake. A man of purpose, vision, strength, and character, his one goal in life was to bring the fullness of God to every person.
He often said that the secret of heaven’s power was not in the doing, but in the being. He believed that Spirit-filled Christians should enjoy the same type of ministry Jesus did while living on earth, and that this reality could be accomplished by seeing themselves as God saw them. (God’s Generals, Roberts Liardon, Albury Publishing, © 1996 by Roberts Liardon, pp. 169)
Maybe we believers need to realize that the Healer named Jesus lives inside each us. Then, we can go out and allow Jesus to live through us to the sick and dying world around us.
But then again, someone might call us fanatics…like they did John Lake.