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How I Know God Answers Prayer
The Personal Testimony of One Life-Time

By ROSALIND GOFORTH
(Mrs. Jonathan Goforth)
Missionary in China since 1888

"They shall abundantly utter the memory of thy great goodness."--Psalm 145:7.

"Go . . . and tell them how great things the Lord hath done for thee."--Mark 5:19.

HARPER & BROTHERS PUBLISHERS
NEW YORK AND LONDON, 1921


Table of Contents

FOREWORD

How these testimonies came to be written.

I "GETTING THINGS FROM GOD"

The simplicity of petition.

II EARLY LESSONS IN THE LIFE OF FAITH

Led by a bird. Toothache taken away. Reward of seeking first the Kingdom. Financial aid. Sunday-school scholars given. Guidance in time of crisis. A prayer preparation for China. A beautiful seal on the new life.

III "GO FORWARD ON YOUR KNEES" (1887-1894)

The key-note of pioneer years. Help in the language from the Home Base. Prayer-opened doors. Deliverance in time of peril. "Kept by the power of God." Prayer and medical work. Converts from the first. Wang Feng-ao, the proud Confucian scholar. Wang Fu-Lin, the opium fiend. Dr. Hunter Corbett's testimony. The result of obedience. From the gates of death. Lord Sandwich's testimony.

IV A GOD-GIVEN FIELD (1894-1900)

A promise given. The promise fulfilled. Our great need. One need supplied--an evangelist. A second need supplied--a Bible-woman. Paying the price of petition. A touch of healing. A Chinaman's faith, --the locust story! A Christian woman's faith for her child. Our child died --a case of unanswered prayer. A God of deliverances.

V OUR DELIVERANCE FROM THE BOXERS (1900)

A clear answer to prayers in the home church. Led on through dangers and trials. Safely brought through.

VI PROVING GOD'S FAITHFULNESS (1902-1908)

God must come first. A hard proposition. In the furnace. Made willing in the day of God's power. Testimony to God's abundant faithfulness. A Bible-woman of exceptional power given. God meeting the Home message--"Retrench." Abundant funds provided. A beautiful instance of "God's wireless." A case of "While they are yet speaking I will hear." The life made easier. A child's fever restrained. Blessing in the work, converts given. A God-suggested remedy. Chinese prevailing prayer for Mr. Goforth. Women sent to us. Doors for preaching opened. Workers supplied abundantly. Kept from smallpox. We may trust Him wholly.

VII THE STORY OF ONE FURLOUGH (1908-1910)

Meeting a condition of petition--obedience. Six difficult doors opened. Trusting for everything. Apples sent in abundance. Fruit, the best, in abundance. A telephone supplied. A fur coat. God's wonderful keeping power, a blessed experience. Help for the children's sewing. Another case of "God's wireless." A timely offer. A daughter's guardian provided. A case of the Lord's loving-kindness--a red cloth ulster! Too many to record.

VIII OUR GOD OF THE IMPOSSIBLE

A blessed incident from Keswick. A verse of a hymn given. A governess provided. Rain withheld in answer to prayer. Five pounds sent. Sewing and prayer. A gracious leading, and a great need supplied. An incident in Tientsin. More help with the sewing. A sewing machine supplied. A case of tuberculosis healed. Two incidents of prayer and revival. Fifty dollars sent for friends in need. Another case of spiritual "wireless." Led to a lost key.

IX TO HIS PRAISE!

Trusting God to supply needs. His faithfulness. Prayer and dress. The restraining power of prayer--my son in the Great War. A prayer answered abundantly for one at home. Our God-given site. Closing words. All in "abide." Bible study on prayer.

X VICTORY FOUND

Childhood yearnings for the presence of Christ. Half-hearted conflict with sin in early years in China. Pride and bad temper. Secretly criticized by Chinese women. How to live Christ as well as preach him. Heights and depths of spiritual experience. Lifelong prayer for the fullness of the Spirit. The conference at Niagara-on-the-Lake, June, 1916. A speaker's message and leaflet on "The Victorious Life." Christ accepted as Savior from the power of sin as well as from its penalty. The joy of realizing his Indwelling Presence. All summed up in one word, "Resting." Bible-study on "The Life of Victory in Christ."

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