“Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity.” ~Horace Mann
Have you ever heard a miracle? Duane Miller did, and it was all caught on tape. One Sunday in January, 1990, after preaching a sermon, he lost his voice. Unable to preach later that day, he knew something was wrong.
His doctor recommended six months of rest. When the weeks passed and he still did not recover, it was determined that he had permanently damaged his vocal chords and wouldn’t get his voice back.
Duane still wanted to teach, so two years later he used a special microphone and spoke before a small group. Unfortunately it was such a strain on his throat that after teaching he would not be able to eat or drink for two days. His passion was so strong he continued to lead the class even though each week it took a devastating toll.
Then January, 1993, came. Three years after losing his voice, he was teaching a Bible study. He read out loud Psalm 103:3; God “forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases.” He then began to explain the meaning of the verse, sharing that no one can put God in a box. He then continued to read the Psalm, “He redeems my life from the pit.” At that moment his voice changed. He began to celebrate, and the room began to erupt in applause. You can listen to the recording at his website, www.nuvoice.org.
Since that day his story has been shared in countless avenues and he has been able to reach untold numbers of people with the message of God, “who cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7). While many may have given up their passion to teach after losing their voice, Duane Miller continued to pursue his dream, and in the end became a living miracle.
As R. C. Trench penned, “We must not conceive of prayer as an overcoming of God’s reluctance, but as a laying hold of His highest willingness.”
How do you do that? As Todd Coontz shared, whose books can be found at Cleveland's Half Price books, if you want to pray the will of God, learn to pray the word of God. Find the promises in scripture and begin to seek the favor to receive what is already rightfully yours.
To do this you have to watch your words. How important is what you say? Would you believe the New Testament shares that God made a man mute so he wouldn’t interrupt the promise from the Lord? In the next article we will meet that very man.