In doing some research on the ‘prayer of faith’, I found this man who had an experience similar to John Dowie’s only earlier, in 1843. He did not see the instant revelation of the Scripture on healing, or the instant healing of the sick as Dowie did….it took two years of praying, searching and ministering to a sick girl before she was totally healed, (this particular case involved deliverance also). Let us remember, these men were pioneers….no example to follow, no books to study, no one to teach them. What they experienced came from a heart broken to help people, and a looking to God for His saving and healing power to manifest in their generation. God has manifested Himself as Healer in all circumstances where He was earnestly sought in faith….irregardless of denominational doctrines, the world’s unbelief or the devil’s opposition.
1843: Johann Blumhardt began praying on a dying girl, placed his hands on her, and she was healed. This created a sensation which drew people from all over Western Europe. This, even though Blumhardt himself insisted that it was not his hands that healed, but God’s response to honest prayer. Blumhardt saw sickness as a way that our ‘fallen’ existence bore the Devil’s power into human life. He believed that the way to resist sickness is to confess our sin and repent.
From healingandrevival.com web site:
Johann Blumhardt came, to the small German town of Mottlingen in July of 1938, to be their new pastor. In the spring of 1840 a family by the name of Dittus, consisting of two brothers and three sisters, moved into the village. The youngest was Gottliebin, a young girl who struggled with one illness after another. Gottliebin regularly attended services held by Blumhardt, but struggled with bizarre reactions to his presence. The girl became increasingly tormented by sounds, lights, and a sense of physical presences around her. Late in 1841, Blumhardt prayed for her, but she did not get better, but in fact got worse. Finally, she came under such attack they they thought she was going to die.
Blumhardt and his close friends began to cry out to God for wisdom to save this young woman. They searched the scripture for direction and guidance. One day as he visited the young girl it became clear to him that something demonic was at work, and he was upset that nothing seemed like it could be done. Finally he cried out “Gottliebin, put your hands together and pray, ‘Lord Jesus, help me!’ We have seen enough of what the devil can do; now let us see what the Lord Jesus can do!” The attack she was under ceased, and she sat up and repeated his prayer.
Now Blumhardt understood that this was a battle that had to be won. Gottliebin improved for only a short time, but then went back into convulsions. Over the next year there were a series of prayer meetings, where there seemed some improvement, and then a return to torment for the young girl. Finally, one night the battle came to a fever pitch and she and her family were delivered. She improved from that time on and “attained complete health. All her former ailments, well known to her physicians, completely disappeared – the high shoulder, the short leg, stomach troubles, and others.”
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