I Know God Answers Prayer.
Rosalind Goforth and her husband were sent by the Canadian Presbyterian Church as their missionaries to pioneer a cross-cultural mission work in the Province of Honan, China. Before they left for the field in 1888, Dr Hudson Taylor, of the China Inland Mission imparted these words of spiritual wisdom to the young pioneers, “We understand North Honan is to be your field; we, as a mission, have tried for ten years to enter that province from the south, and have only just succeeded. It is one of the most anti-foreign provinces in China. . . . . Brother, if you would enter that province, you must go forward on your knees” (p. 16). They took the advice with them to the field.
book is not a series of lectures on the spiritual discipline of prayer but
prayer as the act of discipline in the spiritual lifestyle of the Goforths.
It is a personal reflection of the author on how the act of “going on
the knees” had kept them faithful on the field for thirty years.
Her life as a missionary is a record of testimonies of how God
answered prayer and she substantiated her theology of prayer with
scripture and details of those incidents throughout the book. The incident
that led to her belief in trusting God to provide what was insufficient in
one’s salary to meet personal needs was cited in Chapter IX.
She also clarified that trusting God to provide what was lacking
was not begging for money! (p.124). Many more fascinating stories of
God’s supply are testified in Chapter VI. God can even move strangers to
accomplish His will!
mother and I are strangers to you, never having seen or heard either you
or your wife. But my mother, who is an invalid, has for some time been
restless because of a conviction that has come over her that she should
send you some money. So to quiet my mother I am sending you fifty dollars
God who provides is also the God who protects and the chilling account of
how they escaped death during the Boxer uprising was attributed to the
power of prayer (Chapter V). The answer to a difficult question posed to
her on why God chose to save her family and not some others was directed
to the twelfth chapter of Acts.
was equally heart wrenching for Rosalind to wrestle with God for answers
when her daughter, Grace died but another child who suffered from the same
disease was spared from death, “Does this case of unanswered prayer
shake my faith in God’s willingness and power to answer prayer? No,
no!” (p. 40). Sorrow struck again when her one year old, Constance died.
Despite the loss, her faith in God to answer prayer remained rooted,
“One thing only seemed plain, that I must follow where God should lead.
I saw at last that God must come first” (p. 72).
following testimonies illustrate the importance and power of prayer of the
home church for their missionaries on the field. The incident when Mr.
Goforth experienced a sense of confidence and ability to preach in the
Chinese language, was miraculously linked to “a number of students had
met specially to pray for Mr. Goforth” and the “time of their meeting
corresponded with that time of special help in the language” (pp.
16-17). During the time of the
Boxer uprising when missionaries in China were facing the gravest danger,
they must be heartened to know that a “great wave of prayer went up for
[them] from Christians of all denominations” in their homeland (p. 44).
The prayer strengthen the bonds between the missionaries and their home
author’s account of her learning that God could hear and answer her
prayer and acquiring the spiritual habit of prayer as a child should leave
a deep impression on parents and teachers of children their duties as
most precious recollections of early childhood are associated
with stories told us by
our mother, many of which illustrated the power of
prayer and the impression left upon my child-mind, of a Being
invisible but able to hear and help, has never been effaced (p. 6).
Goforth’s prayer seems to focus on petitions to God and may cause some
to question her, “To emphasize getting things from God, as you do, is to
make prayer too material” (p. 1). Her response was,
me this seems far from true. God is my Father, I am his child. As truly as
I delight to be sought for by my child when he is cold or hungry, ill, or
in need of protection, so is it with my Heavenly Father.
Prayer has been hedged about with too many man-made rules.
I am convinced that God has intended prayer to be as simple and
natural, and as constant a part of our spiritual life...
Perhaps, however, the most blessed element in this asking and
getting from God lies in the strengthening of faith which comes when a
definite request has been granted. What more helpful and inspiring than a
ringing testimony of what God has done? (pp. 1, 2). As the past has
been reviewed, and God’s wonderful faithfulness recalled, there has come
a great sense of regret that I have not trusted God more, and asked more
of him, both for my family and the Chinese. Yes, it is truly wonderful!
But the wonder is not that God can answer prayer, but that he does, when
we so imperfectly meet the conditions clearly laid down in his Word” (p.
book may be published in 1921 but it has unlimited valuable lessons to
teach the present generation and the generations of Christians to come on
the discipline and power of prayer and the meaning of trusting God who is
faithful and can do the impossible.
Convocation in January 2005
you are intending to graduate for the DipCS, MCS or M.Div at the coming
convocation in January 2005 it would be a great help to me if you could
complete and submit the application form by Monday November 15th.
will be leaving for a holiday in England on 29th November, and will not be
back in Singapore until January 6th. I would like to submit a complete
list of those who are hoping to graduate to the other members of Faculty
before I leave. This will help them to get on with marking all the
may be that you have a number of courses and assignments still to
complete, and are not sure whether you will be able to graduate. Please do
not delay submitting the application on this account. If it turns out
closer to the date that you cannot graduate in 2005, we can always
withdraw your application and return your fee, and it will have cost you
nothing. If it is at all likely that you will be graduating in January,
you should submit the form.
do not assume that we already know of your intent to graduate. It may be
that we do; but in any case you need to submit the form. If you don’t,
there is the danger that we may overlook you!
if there are any assignments that you need to submit for courses taught or
tutored by me, it would be good if you could aim to submit them a week
before I leave (by 22nd November). That way I can mark them before I go.
Equipping ‘N’ Training Modular Course
For details and registration, please contact Dr John Lim at 63538071 or email email@example.com
Away from office. Our library staff, Ms Tan Lee Pin, is on leave from 1 to 30
November. Dr Quek Swee Hwa will be leading a group of 36
participants for the Bible Lands Study Tour of Greece and Israel from 26
November to 8 December. Dr Philip Satterthwaite will be away in
England from 29 November 04 to 6 January 05 and Dr Ng Peh Cheng
will be away from 14 - 31 December.
Congratulations! Dr Aquila Lee (DipCS, 1996; MDiv, 1998; PhD Aberdeen, 2003) was
ordained as Pastor with the Korean Association of Independent Churches and
Missions (KAICAM) which took place at the Hallelujah Christian Church in
Seoul on 14 Oct 2004. Mr Edwin Tay Ed Min (DipCS, 2002; MCS, 2004)
obtained the MA with distinction from King’s College, University of
27 October, Dr Satterthwaite spoke on Psalm 150, drawing from it the
In worship we declare that
God is a reality and respond to that reality
That means that our worship
must based on reality: we do not have to pretend that things are worse or
better in our lives than they really are
But on the other hand,
Christians who do not worship God are to that extend living in unreality,
acting as though we could do without God. Romans 1 tells us that when
humans stop giving God the glory things start to go very seriously wrong
· It is good that we have Chapel at BGST: a time when we put aside our work and worship God, acknowledging the One for whom we are doing the work
Speaker on 3 November was Dr Quek Swee Hwa. He shared from Isa 54 and
Ps.2, linking training with service and showed slides of Cambridge &
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A Blessed Birthday to…
Wong Chee Boon 8/11