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"I Just Want to Thank You for Praying With Me"

Dave Roth on his family farm.

by Chris Meehan

As Dave Roth (Indianapolis) emerged from his camper on a recent Wednesday morning, still tying his boots, he noticed one of his contractors lying on his back in the driveway. Dave was on his family's black walnut tree farm and sawmill near Crawfordsville, IN, working on building a house for his brother. All the other builders were busy out of sight, behind the house. 

Wondering if the man had had a heart attack, Dave rushed over and asked him if he was all right. “I threw out my back,” the man said. “It happens every 8-9 months. It locked up even though I wasn't doing anything strenuous. I was trying to make it back to my truck and go home, but I can't make it any further.” 

The man, Dustin, said he had crawled on his hands and knees from the backyard to the front, all the while wailing in pain. He looked white as a sheet. Dave offered him some water and a Pop-Tart, and he accepted the water. At that point Dustin's boss came over and checked on him. When the boss returned to work, Dave said, “Dustin, you look like you're still in a lot of pain. Would you mind if I prayed with you?” Dustin immediately raised his arm up to Dave and said, “That would be awesome!”

Dave held Dustin's hand and prayed for healing, for God's power to go through his muscles, strengthen his back and lighten the load on his nerves. Dave asked Dustin if he could do anything else for him, but Dustin wanted to lie there a little longer and then try to get up. Dave went into the barn for about 15 minutes, and when he returned to check on Dustin, the man was gone.

Dave went back home to Indianapolis and didn't return to the farm until the following night. In the morning, Dave’s brother, Randy, who hadn’t been there when Dustin threw out his back, told Dave that Dustin had returned to work and wanted to thank Dave for his prayer. Later that day, during a spontaneous problem-solving meeting, Dustin made his way around six other men to shake Dave's hand. He said, “I just want to thank you for praying for me the other day. It immediately felt a lot better. By the time I heard you come out of the camper, all I was able to do was lie there on my back and look up at the clouds and pray. I didn't think I was going to make it off the job site that day, but I was able to get into my truck and then make it home. Your prayers really, really helped.” Dustin went on to say that the other times he threw out his back it took a week to recover.

Responses

  1. Robin says:

    Praise God. Well done, good and faithful servant!!!!

  2. Ray J Gonzalez says:

    Never a doubt! Thank you Lord for your faithfulness and thank you Dave for believing in God's mercy and healing power.

    RJG

  3. Ingrid Robinson says:

    To God be the Glory great things He hath done.
    PRAISE GOD!! Continue to use your people Lord to be more and more of your people of praise and healing.

  4. Anne Brewer says:

    Good job, Dave! Very encouraging! Thanks!

  5. Dick Safranski says:

    "More things are wrought by prayer than this world dreams of!"

  6. Pam Seale says:

    Thanks for keeping your focus on the Lord and his power in you, Dave! Thank you, Lord, for answering Dave's prayer!

  7. Miriam Pena says:

    Praise the Lord and God bless Dave.

  8. Karen Heintzelman says:

    awesome1111

  9. Marjorie Stanley says:

    THE LORD IS GOOD ALL THE TIME.

  10. Lu Bertino says:

    When we are obedient to Lord’s leading to pray the Spirits power is released . Amen Bless you Dave for obeying!

  11. Lynne Miller says:

    Thank you Lord, for continuing to use Dave to help others!!! And, so good to see a former Buffalo Camp counselor after all these years!!!!

  12. Tom Caneff says:

    Great story. Praise God!!

  13. Maria Elliott says:

    “I will give you back your health and heal your wounds,” says the Lord. ~Jer 30:17
    "Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask Me anything in my name, I will do it." ~Jn 14:12-14

    Praise God for hearing Dave's prayer and the reminder He calls us to bring the Kingdom wherever we are. Come, Holy Spirit and set a fire within us!

  14. Jon Grams says:

    Way to step out in faith, Dave! Thanks for being a great example!

  15. Tom McNichol says:

    Dave’s story really encourages me to be much more open and hands-on in terms of praying with folks for the Lord’s healing.

  16. Ted Vernon says:

    Truly an example of our life acting as a conduit of God's loving presence in the world...and manifesting the Kingdom.

    Good work, brother!

  17. Julie Walters says:

    Thank you, Lord, for your faithfulness in healing.

  18. Walt Seale says:

    David, you’re the man!

  19. Kieran says:

    That s an inspiring story.There is prayer in us all

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