Sunday, March 06, 2011

Healing for our friend

A lovely friend from church in her 30s is gravely ill with cancer. Humanly speaking she has only weeks to live. She was allowed out for 3 hours from the Marsden to go to church, with her husband, and we all prayed for her.  In Christ we know that she will be healed, and the only area of uncertainty is whether she will be healed in this life as well as the next. 

An impressive African pastor now working in Switzerland led some prayers afterwards. He said he had been "dead" for 3 days as a child and had been raised back to life, and now has a ministry of healing. Every time he had visited London for the last 9 years he felt God had called him to come to our church, sit at the back and pray, without making himself known. Then today he felt God telling him to come forward. He prayed in French and his wife translated to English.  He was praying very powerfully that our friend should be resussicte - which of course can mean resurrected as well as simply healed.  I opened the Bible at random (though I knew it was in the NT) and read this passage:

Jesus went out as usual to the Mount of Olives, and his disciples followed him. On reaching the place, he said to them, “Pray that you will not fall into temptation.” He withdrew about a stone’s throw beyond them, knelt down and prayed, “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.” An angel from heaven appeared to him and strengthened him. And being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground.

When he rose from prayer and went back to the disciples, he found them asleep, exhausted from sorrow. “Why are you sleeping?” he asked them. “Get up and pray so that you will not fall into temptation.” (Lk 22:39-45 NIV)

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