PART 2 OF MY TESTIMONY ON HEALING
If you haven’t read the last post, go to I’VE BEEN HEALED before proceeding.
If you have read it, you’ll recall that I shared several significant revelations I received that I felt led to my healing.
I left off saying that after a month of prayer, fasting, communion-taking, and strategic repentance; I found myself receiving pastoral prophetic words and prayer rebuking the infirmity. I was told I would be healed, and it would be before the next season of my life unfolded.
The way the Lord in His grace guided me to position myself to be blessed in this area of my life was the real story of my healing.
I shared that in detail in the last post, and I admit I’ve been tentative in my approach to sharing the rest of this testimony— wondering if some readers might be disappointed to hear that after God showed me how to clear my spiritual path to healing, and after He showed Himself through divine timing, He used earthly means to actually do the job.
This brings up questions like:
How should we pray for physical healing? and By what means should we expect or hope for Him to heal us?
My husband was sharing a testimony with a good friend recently, who responded with, “Gee, I’ve never thought of praying that way before.”
The incident involved a time when I urgently needed to remove my car from a particular location. I jumped in the driver’s seat and turned the key, but it wouldn’t start. It clearly wasn’t one of the usual problems (battery, etc.). My husband, son, and his girlfriend were with me, and we were confident (due to the circumstances) that the car had been sabotaged.
After fiddling around under the hood briefly, we felt compelled to ask God to show us where the problem was and how to fix it. Perhaps one of us would have a see or hear something as we stood listening for the still small voice of God.
Within a minute or two our son reached toward a specific area of the engine and pointed to one small part. We pulled it out to examine it. Sure enough, three of the four tabs on the fuel pump relay had been clipped off.
The men drove a second car to a nearby auto parts store, purchased the replacement, installed it, and voila… the car started right up! Prayer answered. Need met.
When my husband asked our friend what he meant when he said he wouldn’t have thought of praying that way, the friend replied that under the same circumstance he would have asked God to simply fix the car Himself… “God, turn the engine on now.”
Should we petition for miraculous reconstructive healing? Should we demand God do it OUR WAY? Or should we even ask for miracles?
My husband and I happen to take God at His word. The scripture is filled with examples of divine healing, and God states in Malachi 3:6, “I the Lord do not change.” We believe that Jesus— on the cross and on his way to the cross— suffered in many ways for our sakes. We’re convinced that tapping into salvation from eternal death is just the beginning of what is available to us. “I came that you might have life and have it more abundantly,” Jesus explained.
We’ve seen the supernatural hand of God in countless ways—visions before our eyes, demons manifesting themselves and being cast out; and yes, miraculous physical healings. One of these days, we’ll share the healing testimony of a fellow at the inner city transitional program associated with our pastoral ministry.
Speaking for myself and my husband— strong believers who have suffered in our bodies in numerous and painful ways— honestly, we don’t care HOW God facilitates healing, just so He does! We don’t need God to show off; He’s already done that more than we could ever recount!
And, by the way, if He doesn’t lessen or eliminate our suffering, or doesn’t do it in OUR timing, we’re not disheartened. He knows best. His ways are higher than our ways.
And maybe that’s the point.
Maybe we shouldn’t put God in a box or demand our will upon Him. Maybe we shouldn’t expect Him to take care of us like a server at a restaurant.
Even Jesus said as recorded in John 5:19, “Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does.
Maybe in healing, like in other things, we should ask God to show us the way, to bring us the insight we need to get us from here to there. Maybe we should lean on the Holy Spirit within us to guide us in how to pray.
That’s all I did… I simply pressed in to the throne room of heaven asking God to please speak into this area of my life. I was open to whatever He might tell me, even it was correction… and it led to the end a 5 ½ year bout with psoriasis.
NEXT TIME… the conclusion of my healing testimony; and after that, how a DREAM brought insight and comfort concerning my husband’s horrific 2011-12 health problem.