Wednesday, February 29, 2012

The Power of Prayer

The past couple of weeks at church I have seen amazing healing just through the power of prayer. Doctor's found a cancerous tumor on the kidney of one of the elders in our church. And yes, I did say THE kidney, about 10 years ago he had to have his kidneys removed and replaced by a donor kidney. So, he in fact had a tumor on his donor kidney. Our church family is very strong, especially when it comes to prayer. I always joke about our church having God on speed dial, because every time we need a serious healing and we pray we see results almost instantly. Now, I'm not saying that praying ALWAYS gives you instant results, however this past month we have been blessed as a church to be able to see instant results.

The doctors were able to remove the tumor along with part of the affected kidney. In the hospital, blood results showed that the kidney wasn't functioning as normal, but that was to be expected. About a week went by and our elder went in for more blood tests to check on the kidney, the results were better than in the hospital and showed that the kidney was working like normal. Another week went by and more blood tests, this time the results showed that the kidney was functioning above normal, as if he had two perfectly healthy kidneys.

From what I've been told, the doctors here had never done this kind of surgery nor expected such wonderful results. Praise God for the power of prayer and for healing! God uses doctors for His will and He certainly did for our elder, there is no other way to explain such a miraculous healing! God has big plans for our elder, our church, and our community. He has great plans for you and you too can have God on speed dial if you believe, seek him, and pray!

13 Are any of you suffering hardships? You should pray. Are any of you happy? You should sing praises. 14 Are any of you sick? You should call for the elders of the church to come and pray over you, anointing you with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 Such a prayer offered in faith will heal the sick, and the Lord will make you well. And if you have committed any sins, you will be forgiven.
   16 Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results. 17 Elijah was as human as we are, and yet when he prayed earnestly that no rain would fall, none fell for three and a half years! 18 Then, when he prayed again, the sky sent down rain and the earth began to yield its crops. 
James 5:13-18

Have you witnessed divine healing through prayer and God? Leave me a comment and share, I'd love to hear your story!

Have a wonderful morning dear followers!

32 comments:

  1. Prayer is certainly effective. In good times and bad. Amazing news! God works in miraculous ways, doesn't he?!

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  2. What a great testimony to the healing power of God. Thank you so much for sharing such a wonderful testimony. If only the world would open up its eyes to see and acknowledge the great things He does.

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  3. We have had to rely on the Power of Prayer for my husband over the last year. I am a firm believer that God can and does heal.

    Thank you for sharing!

    Stopping by from the 100 Comment event.

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  4. I will always remember when prayer healed by body when I was carrying my oldest daughter. The doctors said she would not make it, but miraculously, she was perfectly healthy. So often we just need to take the time to ASK for miracles and tender mercies.

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  5. It's always inspiring to hear stories of miraculous headings. I pray like crazy when experiencing hardships and also when I am feeling blessed, but need to learn to pray more in the day to day.

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  6. I love to hear stories of God working through prayer! So glad for your church that He seems to be answering them.

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  7. Thank you! I love your comments and stories, please keep them coming! And WELCOME to all my new readers from 100 Comment Event on Blogelina!

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  8. Praise God!A member of our church family was diagnosed with a quick spreading brain tumor last year and even after chemo it kept spreading.,The Docs sent him home as they couldn't do anything.The family and friends rallied around the throne room of Heaven and interceded for him and the LORD shrunk that tumor to absolute nothingness. Woohoo!!He is STILL a miracle working God!

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  9. Kelsey,
    Amen! One of my favorite books is Prayer, Faith and Healing: Cure Your Body, Heal Your Mind, and Restore Your Soul, by Kenneth Winston Caine, which addresses the powerful connection between faith and wellness. Thank you for sharing such a wonderful testimony. May God continue to bless you and your church family.
    Peace and good.

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  10. Oh, I am a firm believer in prayer. We have had some wonderful miracles happen to folks at church. Praise God for the healing of your elder! Thanks for sharing.

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  11. What encouragement to see faith in action and the power of the Living God!

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  12. I cannot say I have witnessed or experienced such healing power, except for the saving grace of God. I believe in it though and have read about it lots. Love the verses you shared and that you joke about your church having God on speed dial!

    We have a horse, so it is exciting that you live on a horse farm! We just moved to the country (as country as you can get in the suburbs of Chicago and a suburb town of 20,000) but we love it. We have a beautiful snowy country scene out our window. Our boys get to go our and play with no worries of bothering the neighbors with their antics and boyish creativity.

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  13. Prayer can be an amazing thing I have seen it work many times before.

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  14. It's wonderful that the elder had so many people keeping him in their prayers and he was able to come through this health difficulty.

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  15. I've seen God answer some prayers in amazing ways; I've also see Him answer in very painful ways.

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  16. God is good bringing healing to your Elder. I have personally witnessed God answering my prayers in my life and it is the most sureal feeling in the world. I am so thankful He hears my voice and even more grateful I listen to His.

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  17. Thank you for the reminder of the power of prayer. I have had to rely on that dealing with my chronic illness and relationships. God's timing is not always our timing.

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  18. Prayer is amazing - it accomplishes so much more than we can imagine! i am so happy for your answer to prayer!

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  19. The power of prayer is totally real. I knew a sweet man of God who was struck with cancer at a young age (in his 30's). He had three months to live and he asked us to pray that he would be able to eat steak as long as he lived. In spite of radiation and chemo, he kept a healthy appetite and had virtually no nausea or pain up to the day he died. I can personally testify to God's goodness and healing power. The answer isn't always "yes." Sometimes it's "no," and sometimes it's "not right now." Let God be God and accept His will. Deb

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  20. I'm trying to get back to a strong spiritual life. We are dedicating our son to God next Saturday, and we feel like we're also dedicating ourselves too. It's wonderful.

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  21. Beautiful story. Prayer is so powerful and God works in such mysterious ways. We have been through some tough times in the past couple years with a failed church plant and seeking a ministry position but God has continued to sustain our family and show himself at work to us.

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  22. Great testament to the power of prayer. Yes, I believe that prayer is the most powerful tool we have to fight the evil and suffering of the world. As far as a story, I would have to say that my mother's cancer being healed was truly inspiring to how prayer can work in our lives. Thank you for sharing!

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  23. Prayer is powerful. My cousin's baby was born with tumor in her stomach, but she received a blessing and after it was removed she's had no problems. It is great to worship God!

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  24. Prayer is wonderful! It's great to have a church family that is so close. And praise God for the healing of your church member!

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  25. Faith is believing in something you can't prove. Prayer fuels that faith. Blessings on that man and thanks for sharing an uplifting story.

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  26. thanks for reminding us about the power of prayer. Great post!

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  27. Prayer is powerful...if only we'd access Him more often than we sometimes do.

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  28. Praise God from whom all blessings flow!!

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