“Richard, I’m a flight attendant. Recently our plane lost compression in the air and one of my ear drums was ruptured. When the plane landed, I went to my hotel room in great pain. I turned on the TV and the Hour of Healing was on. At that moment, you said, ‘Someone is being healed of a ruptured ear drum.’ I put one hand on yours and one hand in my ear. I felt a warmth all over my body, and immediately the pain was gone. It was as if nothing had happened to my ear.”
And this one, “Carpal tunnel syndrome and nerve degeneration have caused me extreme pain for the past five years. It was growing increasingly worse. I couldn’t sleep at night and was unable to do the things that I enjoy.
“One night my husband and I were watching the Hour of Healing. You gave a word of knowledge about carpal tunnel syndrome and nerve damage. I thought it was unusual that you specifically mentioned nerve damage, as well as carpal tunnel syndrome. I reached my hand out toward yours and agreed for my healing. Glory to God, my hour of healing came.
“The next morning, the pain was gone. I no longer have to wear my hand brace. I am rejoicing and once again working in my flower garden, pulling weeds.” (Applause)
This is from James in Attica, New York. “Richard, an unusual thing happened as I watched the Hour of Healing one night, you said that someone was being healed of cataracts in their left eye. My hands were touching your hands on the TV screen when you said it, and I said out loud, ‘How do you know I’m being healed?’ And you answered back right through the TV, ‘God told me.’ I was stunned! But more importantly, I was healed. I can now see the same out of both eyes.” It goes on and on and on.
Robin in Atlanta, Georgia, “I laid hands and anointed my dog Max because he had an ear infection. Then I flipped on the TV as you were talking about God healing a cat named Boo-Boo. I claimed that word for Max, and his ear infiction” … infiction? … his ear … that too … “his ear infection cleared up immediately.” Let me tell you what. God loves animals too. He created them. He saved two of every kind.
Ralph in Fort Wayne, Indiana, “Richard, my leg has been paralyzed since 1961 when I was in an accident. But while watching the Hour of Healing on television, you prayed for knees to be healed. Soon after you prayed, strength came into my paralyzed knee. I bent my leg for the first in 36 years. I can now bend my knee and walk without pain. I am so excited what God has done for me.” It’s healing time, folks. (Applause)
Richard Roberts – It was terrible” “Oh, I almost died, someone asked me to speak publicly.” We have these fears.
This is from Jim in Springhill, Florida. I’ll tell you what, this will get you. “I’ve had two back surgeries which left me in considerable pain. I gave my life to the Lord only this last April, but I was still pretty skeptical.
“One night I heard you give a word of knowledge on your TV program about back pain, and something inside me said, ‘Maybe this will work.’ I put my hands on your hands just like you said, and I felt a warmth go up my back. I was sitting down and when I got up, the pain was gone. I am still amazed because I’ve been so skeptical of you. But I feel great.
“Also, since I got saved, I’ve quit gambling and overeating and now I’m healed too.” (Applause)
This is from up in Nova Scotia in Canada. “Richard, last December while watching your program, my 15-year-old grandson, Ryan, called you for prayer for his grandfather who had fought prostate cancer for seven years. The prayer partner led Ryan in the sinner’s prayer and then prayed for his grandfather’s healing.
“When Ryan got off the phone, he told his grandfather what he had done. His grandfather went to the TV and put his hands on yours during your program. He felt heat go through him. He didn’t say anything, and sat down. But a few minutes later he went back to the TV and touched the screen to see if he could have imagined the warmth that he felt. It was cold.
“Three days later, Ryan’s grandfather went back to the doctor. The doctor says all the cancer is gone. Thank you, Richard. I now have a grandson who is saved and a husband who is healed.” (Applause)
This is happening every night. “Richard, I’m 14 years old. I want to tell you how God healed my dog, Buzz. He’s had to take seizure medication every day since I got him. A few weeks ago you had a word of knowledge for seizures. I believed if God was healing seizures for people, He would heal my dog too. As you prayed, I laid my hands and my dog’s paws on your hands, and Buzz has not had one seizure since.” (Applause)
This is from Jerry in Michigan. “Richard, my three-year-old daughter developed a type of wart that spreads all over the body, from 200 to 300 warts covered the entire left side of her little body.
“I was watching you and Lindsay on the Hour of Healing, and you called out healings of warts. I went into my daughter’s room where she was sleeping and placed my hand on hers while you prayed. Praise God, every wart fell off.” (Applause)
Richard Roberts – The Bible says we are to warmly welcome each other into the church, just as Christ has welcomed you. In other words, Christ is our model.
The thing I had done, I had become a giver, but I really wasn’t looking to God as much as I should have. And I was not expecting anything back. This scene where I gave my week’s salary and this brother came to my house at 4 o’clock in the morning, was 7 times as much as I had given that night, was not something I expected, and I could have missed it.
The problem of settling on giving only and not looking to God and expecting God to move through expected sources and unexpected sources to multiply that and bring it into your life. And He told me flat out, He said, “Give out of your need. Don’t give just because there’s a need in my church. You give because you have a need, and you sow the seed against the need.”
We’re doing that right now. There’s a debt on ORU, and Richard’s been having quite a struggle with it, but he and Lindsay and Evelyn and I and those who know about it have been sowing special seed, and we are looking to God. And we are looking to Him to bring that in very soon, so that?. It’s His university; He said, “You build Me a university.” It’s not my university, it’s not Richard’s university; it’s God’s. So the debt is on His university.
Now we’re sowing against that need, for God to move it. And when Evelyn and I have any kind of need, the first thing we do in looking to God is to sow it; and then the next thing is to start looking. And let me give an example, and then we’ll stop.
Some time ago, when the pastors found out that I couldn’t travel any more, they said, “We’ll come to you.” So they’ve been coming to California, to our house with their cameras, for me to minister to their people. And it’s been working out real nice. And they said, “When you come and preach for us, we give you a love offering.” I said, “That’s right.” “Well, we’ll just bring a love offering.” So I got used to it.
And we were able to buy this apartment – it’s a condominium – and over the period of time we have paid it out, and there’s no debt. There’s no debt. We own the house; we own the car – no debt. Which is what I’m praying for all of God’s people.
And one night I was doing what I’m telling you, and the Spirit of the Lord came upon me. And I leaped up from the chair, and for a few moments I was totally well. There was nothing in my shoulder. There was no feeling adversely in my heart, and I thought I was totally healed. I wasn’t, but I had a glimpse of what’s going to happen to me. I had a glimpse. (Applause)
Let me talk to you a moment about the Bible. Do you remember the woman that the Bible talks about with the issue of blood 12 years? The Bible says there was a certain woman who had an issue of blood 12 years and had suffered many things from many physicians and was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse. When she heard of Jesus, and she came in the press behind and touched His clothes, for she said, “If I may touch only the hem of His garment, I shall be made whole.”
And Jesus said, “Who touched me?” And they all denied. He said, “Somebody did, because I feel virtue (or healing power) going out of me.” And the woman seeing she was not healed sprang forward and told Him all the truth and for what cause she had touched Him. In one day she had become a woman of cause, a woman with a cause.
I want you to think a moment, 12 long bitter years of blood seeping from a woman’s body. And you only have so much blood in your body. Can you conceive how weak she was at the end of 12 years, and the doctors with the state of medicine where it was couldn’t do anymore at that time. Maybe they could do more today. But they couldn’t at that time. She wasn’t better. She was worse.
And then one day something good happened to her. She heard of Jesus. That didn’t mean she didn’t know Jesus was on the earth, because how could you be in the Holy Land and not know Jesus was going about preaching, teaching, and healing? But she hadn’t heard of Him for herself.
And, you know, you and I can be in this audience today and not hear one thing I’m saying, not hear one thing from God. We have to have a listening mind, a listening heart. We have to say, “Lord, help me open up so that I can hear the one thing that You sent Oral Roberts here to talk to me about today that will remove the thing for the rest of my life that’s affecting my body and affecting my life, so that it will be a moment. It’s for a moment of time. And now is the accepted time, that the nowness of God will dawn on me and that I’ll be a guinea pig on this, and I will help make it come to pass.”