Two days ago my next door neighbor Lanette asked me to come over and pray for a friend of hers that was just diagnosed with a cancerous mass on her ovary. I told her absolutely, set it up and I’ll be right over. Just a few weeks ago, Lanette herself had also been diagnosed with uterine cancer and she had been resigned to “suffer” for Jesus and die if that was His will for her. Her husband and daughters convinced her to call me and see if I would pray for her. They had heard that 1 few weeks prior I had prayed for a woman in our church with breast cancer and she was healed.
So my husband and I went over to Lanette’s house. I spent a few minutes with her prior to praying just teaching her about what the Bible says about healing and that it is always God’s will to heal. We prayed for her and in addition to receiving the baptism of the Holy Spirit with the evidence of tongues (Acts 2:2), she received her miraculous healing… the next morning the cramping and bleeding had stopped.
The doctor gave her his pathology findings a couple of weeks later that said this was indeed a miracle because the cancer was now GONE and there would be no need for chemotherapy. Lanette is such a beautiful woman of God and was willing to go through whatever she thought God wanted her to… including cancer and going home to heaven early. All she needed for her faith to grab ahold of her healing was to know that cancer and ALL sickness and disease is never God’s will. That what God wants her (and all of us) to have is abundant life. She just needed to be taught what the Word says about God always being a Healer.
When her friend Danielle (who had just been diagnosed with cancer) heard about her healing she asked if I would be willing to pray for her. I went over to Lanette’s two days ago and got to pray with Danielle. Before I prayed for her though I listened to what her thoughts were… where her mind was at. First, because a member of her family had been diagnosed with cancer, her doctors were proactive in testing her and her sisters often to make sure she didn’t get cancer. Second, while she believed that the enemy attacks us with sickness, she believed that God allows it. And finally, she was only asking God to shrink the tumor (not completely remove it). She didn’t want to ask for too much from God…. just a tiny touch… a partial healing was more than enough in her thinking.
I began to teach her what the Word says about healing… dealing with those 3 issues above.
I explained to her that 2 Corinthians 5:17 says that once we are in Christ and have become a new creation.. the old has passed away and all things have become new. I told her that one translation of John 1:13 says we are children born “out from the natural and corrupt DNA and into the incorruptible DNA of the Father”…. we received the genetic code of the Father and that superior genetic code recodes the human spirit. I told her that she isn’t bound to her family genetics because the DNA of Jesus is in her. I explained to her that sickness cannot live in her body because Jesus lives inside of her!
Then I told her that God doesn’t allow Satan to attack us…. the book of Job was written pre-Christ. Jesus came and destroyed the works of the devil (Col 2:15; 1 John 3:8) and He gave us all power over all the power of the enemy (Luke 10:19). We have the legal right as co-heirs with Jesus to be gatekeepers of our body and soul and are able to say NO to the enemy when he brings something against us that is contrary to God’s Word… contrary to what Jesus purchased for us at Calvary and through His resurrection.
Finally, I taught her that God is the Healer and He heals completely… not partially!! He doesn’t want to just shrink a tumor and leave it there as a benign tumor. God’s desire is to heal her completely…. removing ALL cancer and tumors and anything else misaligned in her body.
Then the most beautiful thing happened… as I was teaching her I watched shackles of unbelief and wrong teaching fall off of her. As she grabbed hold of the TRUTH that God is the Healer and of who she is IN CHRIST…..she lifted her hands high declaring, “I am no longer limited to just believing for shrinking (of the tumor), I am HEALED. I say no to the devil (to his attacks of sickness and disease) because now I am equipped. I am the gatekeeper of my body!” Her faith grabbed ahold of the healing that Jesus already had made available to her 2000 years ago and that wholeness that was already hers manifested in her physical body!
She then also got baptized in the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues (Acts 2:2). Yesterday she messaged me that she went in for her ultrasound and told the technician “I’m looking for my miracle today… Jesus is in me.”
THE RESULTS: The ultrasound showed no tumor (not a shrinking but a total absence of it!)……. Cancer GONE!
I love being a co-laborer with God (1 Cor 3:9). I love laying hands on the sick and watching them recover just as God said they would. AND I REALLY LOVE teaching the Word of God. I love watching minds get renewed….shackles coming off…. seeing someone’s eyes light up because they just received the revelation on the inside that they are FREE and have always been free!
Free from all sickness, disease, poverty, sin, and death… free from the curse of the law because Jesus became the curse for us (Gal 3:13).
BUT WHAT ABOUT WHEN IT SEEMS LIKE GOD DOESN’T ANSWER PRAYERS
I was rejoicing on Facebook about these two miracles and a dear, sweet friend of mine commented that she wished prayer had worked for her (I know that some of her family members had been diagnosed in the past with cancer and died). That broke my heart. I didn’t know what to say to her to comfort her. I know that sometimes people die even after we pray for them. I don’t know why… I don’t have an answer for that. What I do know is that when something doesn’t happen the way I thought it should… when it SEEMS like God didn’t hear my prayers…. when if FEELS like God doesn’t care about my situation…. I know to fall back on what I do know…to fall back on TRUTH…instead of what my circumstances are screaming at me.
FALL BACK ON WHAT YOU KNOW TO BE TRUE
I know that God is the Healer and that it is ALWAYS His will… His desire… for us to be healed. And not only to be healed but to walk in divine health ALL the days of our life. Jesus took sickness and disease on His body so that we don’t have to….. so that we could walk sickness free… disease free.
I know that when I pray His will He ALWAYS hears me (1 John 5:14). I know He ALWAYS cares about me – He promised to NEVER leave me nor forsake me (Heb 13:5).
I know that He said to pray unceasingly….. to pray even when circumstances look like prayer isn’t working.
I know that as hard as death is to understand… and much as we may miss someone…. I know that the pain and grief of death will not conquer.. will not overpower us (Ps 91:10).
All I know to say to my friend is to KEEP PRAYING… KEEP BELIEVING GOD…. KEEP HOPING…KEEP WALKING IN THE TRUTH OF HIS WORD…. AND KEEP FELLOWSHIPPING WITH YOUR FATHER.
AND ALLOW HIM TO TRANSFORM YOU
I haven’t always had my prayers answered either. But I’ve found that as I continue to grow in the Word… continue to know Him more intimately… to share in the fellowship of His sufferings by learning what His death laid hold of for me… to know Him in the power of His resurrection…. understanding our oneness (our co-union)….. AS I BEHOLD HIM.. that I am continually being renewed in understanding who I am. That as He is so am I in this world. That causes me to pray with His boldness, with His authority, and with His faith….. and as a result, my prayers are being answered more often.
I no longer pray “hit and miss” prayers… I’m learning to say what my Father says and do what my does… to pray what I hear Him saying and see Him doing. I’m learning to pray what the word says… to pray from my position of IN CHRIST… to release through my prayers what He purchased for me.
I am no longer asking or pleading with God to do what He has already done through Jesus. But rather declaring with all boldness what already belongs to me IN CHRIST.
I don’t pray “my fears” or the problem, but I pray “in faith” the answer to whatever the problem is…. not asking mountains to move… not hoping they move… but COMMANDING them to move.