“He sent His word and healed them and delivered them from their destructions” (Ps 107:20)
This is my testimony: two months ago I got very sick. I have never been so sick in my life. We were travelling so it made it even more difficult. We came back home and I went to the hospital and did some tests, x-ray and all. The doctor thought it was TB but all tests proved negative. I told him that I completely reject the diagnosis. I also told him that God will heal me. This became a challenge for me. It is a good place to be when men cannot help and the doctors even add to your anxiety. God and I alone! Wonderful place!
I am a doctor so I remember being guilty of the same sin. Quoting only from my medical books, using only my head and not my spirit, speaking confidently but without prayer I was trying to instill doubt in my patients. Thank God I got saved but I remember my foolish sinful past. But this time I was at the other end. I was the patient and the doctor was telling me that I have TB. He recommended some antibiotics to be taken three times a day. I did not want to argue with him but at home I made up my mind to exchange the tablets for prayer.
I prayed for wisdom like never before. My testimony as a believer was at stake. Then God gave me this word: “Pray the same prayer three times a day just the way you could have taking your drugs”. Really I believed it was God’s Word. I believed that I will be healed. It sounds foolish, especially for me as a doctor, but ‘the foolishness of God is wiser than men’s wisdom’ (1Cor 1:25) I started praying the same prayer three times a day. I anointed myself with olive oil daily speaking health and life to my body. I quoted the scriptures daily and with faith. At the beginning there was no improvement. Some days it appeared that my sickness was even becoming worse. But I persevered in faith and slowly, the cough, the fever, the weakness…they all subsided. This week I just discovered that I am healed, strong and happy. This is indeed a miracle!
I want to encourage you by sharing some of the lessons I had to (re-) learn during this time of trial. You can apply these to any situation not only sickness.
*God is alive! God hears and answers the prayer of His children! God is good! God is faithful!
*Sometimes just one prayer is ‘not enough’. Just like with medicines, you need to pray the same prayer for a long time until the problem is solved. This method will teach you faith, patience and perseverance. I testify that it works! This was my inspiration: The widow who did not give up and continued to ask the judge for an answer. See what Jesus said:
“And shall God not avenge His own elect who cry out day and night to Him, though He bears long with them? I tell you that He will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?” (Lk 18:7, 8)
It is clear that God does not always answer our prayers immediately. He wants us to persevere in prayer and faith ‘day and night’. But delay is not denial. After praying the same prayer three times a day for about two weeks, the healing came ‘speedily’. God is faithful! To God be all the glory!
May the Word of God and my testimony encourage you today! In Jesus name Amen!