|Clear Creek, Woodford County, KY by Jacquie Woodward|
|“Peonies” watercolor on Yupo by Jacquie Woodward|
- can we be sure appearing on a prayer list is not essentially an invasion of privacy by becoming a means for satisfying the gossip mill?
- can we be sure appearing on a prayer list inspires effective intercessory prayer?
- can we be sure we are enlisting Spirit filled Christians who understand Biblically based intercession?
- did we ask for prayer BEFORE making treatment decisions and accepting first opinions?
- are we believing in the power of the prayer we seek OR are we just “adding prayer” for good measure?
- are we praying according to God’s Word?
- Joyce Meyer, also a cancer survivor and Spirit filled minister, has a truly helpful little book called, “Be Healed in Jesus’ Name” where she teaches “pray the following aloud”.
There are two ways to look at how God Heals. I heard a wonderful sermon once in which a Spirit filled pastor of a congregation in which nearly every member has experienced divine healing discussed
- Natural healing…..basically the working of our immune systems to fight off “insulters and intruders” as well as the seemingly simple but really quite complex healing of cuts and bruises and broken bones.
- Medical….God using physicians to heal. This pastor taught, “Go prayerfully because God used doctors and they are powerless without Him because all wisdom comes from God and satan knows how to lie convincingly regarding this.” The enemy lies to all of us including doctors.
- Miracles…Jesus perfomed many and he is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
- anointing of the Holy Spirit
- laying on of hands by believers
- believing and speaking God’s Word
- anointing with oil and prayer of believers
- agreement of two or more believers in prayer
- believe you receive when you pray and pray with ever increasing gratitude
- discerning Christ’s striped body in communion service
- praying in the powerful name of Jesus–name above all names.
|God painted this one. I just took the photo.|
I recently completed a wonderful Bible Study presented by one of the most popular Bible teachers in America today and was pained by her struggle to teach strong scriptural faith while obviously wrestling with the question of why some who are prayed for are not healed.
I also recently visited a church where, at the end of the service, the minister added some prayer list reports he had overlooked earlier. I couldn’t believe my ears when he said, “_________ is doing amazingly well right now with her cancer. She feels great……But we need to keep praying because we know she will be feeling worse at some point.”
I also had an almost surreal experience at a church we had attended for several months when, at the suggestion of the minister, I volunteered for the prayer team…..and was rejected because “the prayer team teaches a lot and the elders wanted to be sure members taught the doctrine they wanted taught….not giving false hope because God can’t heal everyone“. They actually said “God can’t heal everyone”. They quoted a few scriptures “at” me about Paul’s “thorn in his side” and “Paul leaving Trophimus ill in Melitum” as proof it’s not God’s will to heal everyone.
In another very nice church I visited, a wonderful man came forward to give the invocation and included in an otherwise moving prayer, “If it be your will, heal those who are ill, but if not, we ask for comfort.”
It’s true that everyone who is prayed for is not healed. Is that reality proof that it is not God’s will to heal everyone? What about our will? In fact, what about Trophimus’s will (faith) in Melitum (2 Tim 4:20) And, regarding that infamous “thorn” that God permitted to vex Paul even though he prayed three times for God to take it away. (2 Cor 12:8). The term “thorn in a side”, in the Bible as in modern terminology, refers to something that buffets us like people who irritate us as it was used in Numbers 33:55 regarding the Canaanites buffeting the Israelites….nuisances, vexations, etc.
Are we not putting our full faith in the healing power of God’s Word because we are so wounded by having lost loved ones we have prayed for? Are we trying to make our theology match our “reality” rather than believing God’s Word has the power to change our reality? Ministers and teachers who have powerful healing ministries seem to be answering, “Yes”. Charles S. Price, F. F. Bosworth, Smith Wigglesworth, T.L. Osburn, and Kenneth E. Hagin all had powerful healing ministries and write eloquently on the role of faith in physical healing. The humble but Spirit filled minister who conducted my own oil service that began my healing process agrees with these men as does Marilyn Hickey who, at nearly 80, is still traveling the world teaching and healing the sick even in “dangerous” countries like Pakistan and Morroco where large percentages of her “audiences” aren’t Christian.
Miraculous physical healing is achieved with great success in the “third world” where faith is childlike and “modern medicine” is not competing for that faith. “Proper” American churches tend to fall into various degrees of “cessationism”–altogether ignoring the Bible’s teachings regarding physical healing or rationalizing against the scriptures that God used to heal but not now…..still they profess that God is “the same yesterday, today and tomorrow” about everything else…..or almost everything else.
I was raised in a proper, formal church that never taught the healing scriptures so, when faced with an “inoperable pancreatic tumor” and married to a classically trained physician, I faced a stone wall. Miraculously, just days before I learned my shocking diagnosis, a fencing contractor who came to bid on a job for me told me about his wife being miraculously healed according the the Fifth Chapter of James. At the time, I thought, “That’s a nice story….and went on to discuss the fencing project.” This nice gentleman was the first person I called after the shock of my diagnosis subsided. I believed because of this man’s testimony. I had childlike faith when he had the minister call me and we prayed on the phone. That very evening my husband and I attended Cornerstone Assembly of God Church in Danvlle, KY and were warmly welcomed by many people who, themselves, had healing testimonies. I had no idea what to expect but I believed I would be healed. After the praise and worship, the minister asked for any with prayer requests to come forward and I went and was anointed with oil and immediately I knew a change had taken place in my body….and, more than that, I knew I had been born again in Christ. An old life ended and a new one began just that simply.
I recommend reading the ministers mentioned above. Most of their books can be bought from www.Amazon.com used. They will help you understand God’s will as revealed in the scriptures and it is critical that we learn to pray properly according to the scriptures rather than according to our own rationalizations based on past heartbreaks. In the interest of time….because ill people need healing now….I will summarize a teaching from Marilyn Hickey and highly recommend her book and/or DVD, “Be Healed”.
Mrs. Hickey uses Psalm 107:20 “He sent His word and healed them; he rescued them from the grave.”(NIV) She says it is not how “spiritual” you are; it is how powerful God’s Word is. As scripture says, The Word cannot return void. The Word wil prosper for the purpose it was sent to. Stay “in the Word” while ou are looking for (indeed expecting) signs of your healing to appear. Do not let the enemy steal your confidence in God’s Word. Read it aloud daily. See our blog page on “God’s Healing Word”.
|Cumberland River below Wolf Creek Dam, KY by J. Woodward|
1. With legs apart at shoulder width and knees comfortably bent, slowly swing both arms horizontal to the floor one in front and one in back and alternate.
2. With legs as in 1. above and back straight, breathing in deeply bend knees with arms rising from sides to above head and slowly bringing arms down in front of you. Then, breathing out slowly, push arms back to starting position. Don’t worry about copying this movement exactly, just adapt it to suit you.
3. Step back while pushing alternate arms forward….breath out with each push. Then step forward while swinging alternate arms smoothly forward.
Here is a video clip of Scott Cole demonstrating the kind of movement I use. I just don’t adhere to the Eastern religious elements of Tai Chi because, I find it lacking to the possibility of movement being communication with my Creator rather than etherial meditation. http://youtu.be/e21IaT0DE-4 You can adapt exercise movements from the several youtube videos Cole has posted.
|Sunset on Herrington Lake, photo by J Woodward|
- Animal Source Foods are too high in protein. The “upside down” FDA pyramid is strongly influenced by the dairy and meet producers’ lobbies as most of my sources indicate.
- Animal Source Foods have very high fat content which clogs blood vessels, raises blood pressure, raises cholesterol, and coats the cell walls to inhibit insulin from reaching insulin receptors as well as compromising cellular respiration and movement of nutrients into and wastes out of cells.
- Animal Source Foods are acidic and disease thrives in an acidic body environment. Stomach acid problems such as reflux disease are usually eliminated by removing animal source foods from one’s diet. Cancer requires acidic environment to develop and thrive.
- Most animal products contain antibiotics which are passed to the consumer of meat and dairy products damaging natural intestinal bacteria and causing Candida and yeast infections.
- Most animal products contain growth hormones to either speed up animal growth or push for more milk production. These hormones are passed along to the consumer and lowering the age of puberty and increase breast development in female children.
- Many diseases have been caused or contributed to by the inflammation and altered biochemistry caused by eating animal source food. This food also has no fiber and remains in the digestive tract a very long time allowing for absorption of more of the toxins into the consumer’s body.
Number One: ‘Believe you have received it….”
Number Two: “Forgive”…..and be forgiven……
I believe it is important to examine HOW we pray and HOW we yield. “Hope So” prayer does not equal the “know so” prayer Jesus taught in Mark 11:24 as well as in Matthew 21:22 (NIV) “If you believe, you will receive whatever ou ask for in prayer.”
Whoa! Did Jesus mean what He said? What “in the world” does it take to meet his “answered prayer criteria”?
One thing for sure, we need a yielded heart that holds no grudges because Jesus taught that fact in Mark ll:25. Is that all, though, a fully forgiving heart? Hmmmmmmm the flesh wants to argue with that idea but Jesus left no room for arguing. He made the requirement plain and sure. FORGIVE, period!
If we have no unforgiveness in our hearts, then what does it take to “believe you have it” at the very time you pray? Can we screw up our faces and roll on the floor and beat on our chest or conjure up that belief by working at it really hard? Not likely! What does God’s Word say about “yielding” fully to God so that it is His gift of faith that takes over?
It takes a prayer of committment. That’s what Paul and Peter teach us:
Ephesians 6:18 (NIV) says, “Pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests………”
Philippians 4:6 (NIV) says, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”
1 Peter 5:7 (amplified) “Casting the whole of your care–all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all–on Him; for He cares for you affectionately, and cares about you watchfully.” or (NIV) “Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.”
I personally harken to Esther 4:16 when Queen Esther says, “If I perish, I perish” agreeing to risk her own life to save the Jews from destruction.
There are many different kinds of prayer–of faith, of praise, of worship, in agreement, of petition, in unison or united prayer, of thanksgiving……many kinds indeed. But the prayer of “casting all our anxiety and worry on God, as Peter is interpreted in the amplified translation, FOR ONCE AND FOR ALL? That is the prayer of commitment.
That is FAITH! Psalm 37:5 (KJV) says, “Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in Him; and He shall bring it to pass.” How many times does our heavenly Father have to tell us? All these quoted scriptures plus Matthew 6:25-27, Luke 12:22, Luke 12:25, and on and on. Is He not saying saying, lay ALL your worries at my feet once and for all….commit ALL your anxieties to me” (para).
Is He saying “pray for Me to take your worries and anxieties away?” NO! NO! NO! God says for US to DO something just like Queen Esther did…..”go so far as to say, ‘if I perish, I perish, but I am laying my worries, my troubles, my very life at your feet, Holy Father….I TRUST YOU! I not only believe IN you, I believe you can and WILL do what you say you will do.”
Faith is not something we conjure up in our minds or emotions or through work…..Faith, God’s Word says, is casting ALL our worries and cares on God ONCE AND FOR ALL. Faith is in our hearts–our spirits.
Matthew 6:25(NIV) says, Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life….” Even “modern medicine” admits that worrying makes us physically ill. God’s Word tells us it makes us spiritually ill or “outside of obedience” which is, actually, sin. Is worrying sin? Well, one thing if for sure, if we obediently give our cares to God as He instructs, we can’t keep them. Only one of us can have them.
Worrying undermines faith. Praying while holdiing onto worries and anxieties regarding what we are praying about…..well, it keeps us out of the great victory of Mark 11:24.
Are we faithful enough to pray the prayer of committment, believe Mark 11:24 and begin praising God for hearing us as Jesus prayed at Lazarus’ tomb? According to God’s Word, when we surrender our cares, our prayers will be answered. He sure does love us!
|Rocky Point by Jacquie Woodward|
I’ve been asked about the paintings that head up each page and post. These are all original paintings by the blog editor, Jacquie Woodward (me). Most are watercolor but some are acrylic, ink, collage, mixed media, etc. A few are in the collections of friends. Most are still in my own collection. I’ve only had one gallery showing….whenever I sell a painting, the entire funds go to charity–specifically missions either locally or otherwise.
After my cancer recovery, color seemed more vibrant and it has been easier to be a risk taker and paint more like a child does–for me. Painting is a form of prayer and I always paint with music (praise and worship or classical) in the background. My grandchildren, sometimes neighbor children, sometimes my grandchildren’s friends, and I like to paint together–sometimes on the same painting.
I’ll also share some original photographs.
It’s a blessing to be able to share the art on this blog.
|Carefree Color by Jacquie Woodward|
I’m living with 1/3 of a pancreas and feeling healthier than ever in my life. Try health…you will love it. The enemy of your soul will hate it but don’t let him talk you into sucumbing to his “doubt mongering”.