While John Alexander Dowie was pastoring in Australia, a plague swept through the nation that took out forty of his church members. He was very distraught by this and wondered, “Can’t Jesus, who performed miracles in the Bible do something about Australia?”
God then illuminated to him Acts 10:38 – How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and power: who went about doing good and healing all that were oppressed by the devil. He then realized that sickness was of the devil and Jesus came to destroy those works.
While he was praying, he received a call to a church member’s home where a child was dying. By time he got there, the doctor was preparing a death certificate as death seemed inevitable. This was the first time Dowie decided to pray for a person’s healing. He walked to the bed, prayed a simple prayer, and stepped back.
Suddenly, the child’s eyes opened. She sat up in bed. They gave her some hot chocolate and toast, and within an hour she was up playing perfectly whole.