One thing I love about working on the Prevailing Prayer Podcast with my co-host Jaime is the prayer adventure portion of the show. In this segment, we share stories of answered prayers from pillars of the Christian faith like Amy Carmichael, world famous for rescuing Indian girls from temple prostitution.
Before she followed God's call to India, however, Amy Carmichael served as a missionary in Japan, where the other Christians in the area had seen very little spiritual breakthrough.
To prepare for a missionary journey into a neighboring village, Amy began to pray for spiritual fruit from her mission. She believed that God would allow one person to be saved as a result of her witness.
A Buddhist woman who heard Amy speak that night received the gospel and was saved. God had answered Amy's prayers.
A month later, to prepare for a trip to the same region, Amy spent a whole day in prayer with her friend. This time, she believed God would use her to bring salvation to two people, and she and her friend prayed on their journey toward that end.
Again, God answered her prayers.
Two weeks later, Amy returned again, asking God for the salvation of four souls, which he granted.
By the time she was to return, she began to pray for eight new converts. The other Christians she worked with tried to dissuade her. It was miraculous enough that seven people had put their trust in Christ. Surely those who would be saved had already been saved.
But Amy persisted in her prayers, and as a result of her trip eight more souls were rescued from darkness.
Amy didn't receive any freedom in her spirit to pray for a certain number of converts after that point, but God continued to use her in amazing ways while she was in Japan and then eventually in India where she served until she died.
If you'd like to hear more prayer adventures like these, tune into the Prevailing Prayer Podcast or listen to this week's episode about praying God's Word.
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Categories: Prayer, Missions