Lal Rodinga Colney’s message at a recent Festival Weekend, hosted by the Jesus Army
I WAS in my office in the evening recently when I heard some good news from a missionary in one of our regions.
A teenager was angry and upset after his love affair with a girl from a different caste was disapproved of. He attempted suicide by taking poison and various medicines; the family rushed to the hospital while the doctors tried to save his life.
The medics tried to save the boy but in the end announced, “The boy is dead”. The family called a missionary to pray for the boy and crying, said, “If our son is raised we will believe in Jesus!” The missionary rushed to hospital, knelt by the dead boy’s bed and prayed, “Lord give me back the life of this boy”.
The missionary continued in faith and said to the grieving family, “Don’t cry. Relax. He will rise”. The family again said, “If this happens we will believe”.
The boy rose from the dead and asked, “Where am I?” and the family replied, “You were dead! Now you are alive again! You have been prayed for!”
The whole family became Christians and are now learning God’s word from the missionaries. The power of God is available for all of us who believe and are willing to receive from God. We simply believe with a clean and whole heart.
I have a good Catholic friend in the part of India I come from. He had a six year-old boy who was sick and his wife said, “Let’s go to hospital,” but my friend wanted to wait. The boy had brain malaria and died. People blamed my friend, saying: “You killed your child as you didn’t take him to hospital”.
My heartbroken friend prayed, “Lord, have I another chance or shall I bury my son?”
Then my friend felt God speaking through the words of Jesus: “...whoever believes in Me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.” (John 14:12)
The boy’s mother was crying and hugging the boy. “Don’t cry anymore! You won’t need to cry anymore!” the boy’s father said to her. Then he turned to all the guests and said, “Who will pray with me for my child?” but no one responded.
“Leave the room if you won’t believe and pray with me for my son!” the boy’s father said. He then turned to the boy and said, “My son, for the glory of God, please rise up!”
His son rose and jumped up. My friend said, “My son run for the glory of God!” and the boy ran into the house!
This is the power of God; healings can happen in the UK as well as India. Why not?
Lal Rodinga Colney
is the leader of Restoration India Mission in Orissa and is the Multiply Co-ordinator for India.