One of my favorite preachers was R. W. Schambach who always closed his radio programs by saying, “You don’t have any troubles! All you need is faith in God.” Schambach held crusades and preached the gospel in over 200 nations before his death in 2012. On one radio program, he told about a crusade his ministry held in India before 50,000 people.
“I was preaching up a storm,” said Rev. Schambach, “when a blind man interrupted me by walking out onto the platform and asking for prayer so that his eyes would be healed. He didn’t even want to wait until the end of my message.
“I turned the man toward the crowd and said, ‘I’m going to pray for this blind man in the name of Allah.’ Do you know what the crowd did? They laughed.
“I next said, ‘I’m going to pray for this man in the name of Buddha.’ The crowd laughed again.
“I then said, ‘I’m going to pray for this man in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth.’ The crowd kept quiet as every eye watched us.
“After I prayed for the blind man and the Lord healed his eyes, 50,000 people came forward for salvation and healing prayers.”
And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who seek Him. (Hebrews 11:6)
Muslims, Buddhists, and Hindus all believe their gods exist. That’s the supposed reason the people follow them.
But our God is the only God that rewards those who diligently seek Him.
So, if we want effective prayers, we need to pray in faith and believe that God is going to reward our prayer efforts by answering our prayers. Otherwise, why pray them?
(Continued in Part 5)