Medical Miracle

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Medical

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Faith,

Prayer,

Healing


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y Victor Parachin

Our oldest child had a brush with death,”

recalls Peggy Dunn of Barberton, Ohio.

His flu-like symptoms were serious

enough to warrant a trip to the hospital. There,

a doctor told the family that Greg was in septic

shock and his condition was critical. As the family

huddled around, one member cried out despairingly,

“He’s going to die.” However, Ms. Dunn felt

strongly that God could help heal her son. She

called on family and friends to pray, in earnest,

for her son. As the days passed, an army of prayer


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partners, including strangers, prayed for Greg’s

healing. At one point, his toes turned black and

the doctors said they might have to amputate.

Greg’s aunt, a woman of deep faith, began to focus

her prayers specifically on Greg’s toes; and within

hours the healthy pink color returned. Greg spent

20 days in the hospital “but he is the picture of

health today, and I thank God everyday,” says

his mother.

That case, while dramatic, is hardly unusual.

More and more doctors and medical scientists

are seriously studying the role which faith plays

in healing. In recent years more than 200 studies

have been done, and the evidence demonstrates

clearly that there is a beneficial link between faith

and health. For example, a landmark study in 1984

led to the resurgence of scientific evaluation of the

effect of prayer on healing. In that study, 393 patients

admitted to the coronary care unit at San

Francisco General Hospital were computer assigned

to either a 201-patient control group or to

the 192 patients who were prayed for daily by five

to seven people in home prayer groups. Neither

patients, nurses, nor doctors knew which group

the patients were in.


The results were amazing as...

• Those prayed for were five times less likely to

require antibiotics;

• They were three times less likely to develop

pulmonary edema, a condition in which the

lungs fill with fluid;

• None of those prayed for required the insertion

of an artificial airway in the throat, compared

with twelve in the control group who

required the treatment;

• Those prayed for experienced fewer cases of

pneumonia and cardiopulmonary arrests;

• Fewer patients in the prayed-for group died.

That study, and others like it, confirms what

spiritual teachers and people of faith have known

across the ages, namely, that prayer is effective

where there is illness and disease. “As a physician,

I have seen men, after all other therapy had failed,

lifted out of disease and melancholy by the serene

effort of prayer,” writes Alexis Carrel, M.D., winner

of the 1912 Nobel prize for Medicine.

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Here are some ways to tap into the

faith factor for health and healing.

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Focus on God

“There are a few reasons people do not receive

God’s help. One is that they really do

not expect it,” notes minister and author Norman

Vincent Peale. However, those who place their

complete focus on God and trust God wholeheartedly

learn that He can be counted on to help.

This was something Pastor Peale discovered himself.

He tells of a time several years ago when he

was traveling through central Ohio by train. “For

some time, I had been under great strain. Worries

and fears were haunting me by day and disturbing

my nights. To add further to my unhappiness,

a profound sense of failure had cast a heavy pall

upon my spirit,” he recalls. He was working on

his Sunday sermon but had no enthusiasm or

conviction for the project. In desperation he quit

writing and bowed his head in prayer.

“In my prayer something wonderful happened.

In a moment of illumination, like a sudden

flash of lightning of a dark night, revealing in

clarity a hitherto hidden landscape, I saw into the

secret of spiritual power. More importantly, I felt


under me a vast power, like a full, incoming tide

lifting a stranded vessel from the shallows.

“It was overwhelming and awe inspiring. A

great peace settled on my heart, a realization of

the presence of God as the source of strength…

I know beyond the shadow of a doubt that in that

moment, God touched my spirit and took away my

weakness, fears, and sins, and gave me strength.”

Looking back at those moments, Pastor Peale

concludes that the reason for such a powerful

answer to prayer was his complete focus on

God. “Weary and discouraged by living upon my

meager power, I threw myself upon God, saying:

‘Anything you want to do with me is all right. I give

my life to You. I am in Your hands’. I had said that

often before, and had meant it, after a fashion. But

the surrender was not complete,” he says.

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Focus on Scripture

To prepare your mind and body for healing,

read, recite and review some of the many

scriptures which affirm that God’s intent for us is

to be healthy and whole. Some excellent passages

include the following:

• Exodus 15:26—“I am the Lord who heals you.”

• Jeremiah 30:17—“I will restore health to you

and heal you of your wounds, says the Lord.”

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• Psalm 147:3—“He (God) heals the brokenhearted

and binds up their wounds.”

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Focus on Jesus

The New Testament reports many incidents

in which Jesus was involved

in healing the sick. Two examples include

Matthew 8:16—“[Jesus] healed all who were sick”;

and Mark 1:34—“He [Jesus] healed many who

were sick with various diseases.” In his book, The

Bible Cure, Reginald Cherry, M.D., notes: “The

ministry of Jesus has, as a primary focus, the

restoring of health to diseased bodies and tormented

souls. Everywhere Jesus traveled in the

Gospels, He acted like the Great Physician. In the

four Gospels there are forty-one distinct accounts

of physical and mental healing (with a total of

seventy-two accounts in all, counting all duplications).

In many stories, not just one person, but

multitudes were healed.”

Like the people of the New Testament, place

your focus on Jesus and invite Him to bring you

healing. Here is a simple prayer to utilize: “Dear

Jesus, I know you ministered to all who came to

You in earlier times. Today I ask You to look with

compassion upon me. Heal me and restore me

to complete health, according to Your good and


perfect will. Just as those in times past turned to

You for help and healing, I turn to You asking You

to bring me health and wholeness in Your perfect

time and in Your way.”

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Focus on the Emotional

as Well as the Physical

Some physical problems may actually have

their roots in emotional issues. Before praying

directly for a physical healing, do an internal audit

to determine if there are past emotional issues

which manifest themselves in physical ways. Ask

God to heal those memories and emotional hurts.

Agnes Sanford, an authority on prayer and healing,

discovered that there are times when healing

of the mind must take place before there is healing

of the body. She tells of visiting an army hospital

shortly after World War II. There she encountered

a German born American soldier who had

been bed bound for two years. His leg, riddled by

shrapnel, was so weakened that it broke easily and

frequently. After numerous hospital visits, it was

determined that he had a permanent disability

and would never regain proper use of his leg. As

Sanford befriended the man she calls “John,” she

explained to him God’s healing power and asked if

she could pray with him. “I prayed for the healing

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of his leg. At first it seemed that God touched him

in a most wonderful way. Within days the doctors

were speaking of a change that had begun to take

place,” she recalls. Before long he was walking and

dismissed from the hospital.

However, a few months later, Sanford found

him in another hospital ward, back in traction.

“I broke my leg again,” he explained. As she pondered

and privately prayed for the man, she realized:

“There were wounds in John’s mind deeper

than the wounds in his body. I began to suspect

that unless we were able to reach these mindwounds

and heal them, John would forever be

breaking that leg.”

One issue the man had was anger management.

He told Sanford that for reasons unknown

to him, he would fly into uncontrollable rage from

time to time. As she probed, she learned that he

had grown up in Nazi Germany, that his parents

were taken from him and placed into concentration

camps, that he himself was frequently the

target of Hitler Youth. With that information,

Sanford began to pray asking God to heal John’s

memories from his youth. Shortly after she began

praying this way, she heard from John who

explained: “What has happened to me? All of a

sudden I feel entirely different. And somehow


I know that those old feelings of rage will never

come back.” His observation was correct. “In spite

of the usual ups and downs of life, the rage has

never come back, and neither has he broken his

leg again,” she says.

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Focus on Prayer Partners

When asked what advice he has for people

who learn they have a serious illness, Dr.

Larry Dossey, M.D., author of Healing Words:

The Power of Prayer and the Practice of Medicine,

simply states: “Get on as many prayer lists as

you can.” As a physician and researcher into the

link between prayer and healing, Dr. Dossey is

convinced that the prayers of others are instrumental

in the healing process. This, of course,

is not only a scientific view, but one found in

Scripture. Writing about the prayer of faith, the

apostle James says: “Is anyone among you suffering?

Let him pray.… Is anyone among you

sick? Let him call for the elders of the church,

and let them pray over him, anointing him with

oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of

faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise

him up”(James 5:13-15). When you are in need

of healing, don’t hesitate to ask others to include

you in their prayers.

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Consider the case of Keith Mullins, a California

businessman. While on a business call another

driver collided head-on into his car. Mullins was

left in a coma that stretched on for weeks. While

in a coma from January through February, hundreds

of family, friends and even strangers began

to pray for a miracle, which finally came on February

27th. That day Marilyn, his wife of 32 years,

held up a photograph of the couple. Mullins slowly

reached out and brought the snapshot to his

eyes and kissed it. That was the beginning of his

recovery, which would take several more months

to complete as he learned how to speak and move

again. “All the medical staff here said that, ‘if he

woke up, it would be a miracle,’” Marilyn remembers.

“It has been prayer, prayer, prayer that made

this miracle happen!”

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Although much is being researched, studied

and reported on the connection between prayer

and healing, ultimately the matter is one of faith.

Human reason alone can never fully explain why

or how God heals. Our responsibility is to call on

God to do the healing and then leave the results

up to Him.


The Three Foundations for

Biblical Healing

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In their book, The Faith Factor, authors Dale

A. Matthews, M.D., and Connie Clark, cite the following

as the three foundations of biblical healing:

1. God Is Love

The very nature of God is love. According to

the Bible: “God is love, and he who abides in love

abides in God, and God in him”(1 John 4:16).

2. God Loves Us

The Bible tells us that God loves us as parents

love their children. He yearns for us, broods

over us, delights in us—even when we neglect or

reject him.

3. God Wants to Heal Us

Because God loves us so much, He wants

to give us gifts, including health and well-being.

Healing is so much a part of God’s nature that the

Hebrew word rapha, which means “to cure, to

heal, to restore health,” is one of the words used

to describe God in scripture; Yahweh-Rapha is a

name for God as healer. In the New Testament, the

same Greek word, sozo, is used for both “healing”

and “salvation,” thereby linking earthly healing

with our heavenly destination.


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Prayers for Healing and Wholeness

“O God, I try to keep a stiff upper lip when I am

with others, but secretly I am afraid, dreadfully afraid.

“For the moment, I am in a dark valley, a

very dark valley. I know that this is where my

faith and trust are being tested. I remember that

Your beloved and loving Son sweated blood

when it seemed death was near, but prayed that

the cup might pass if it should be Your good and

loving will.

“Father, I pray that prayer with Him and trust

with Him that You will be with me and that nothing

can snatch me from Your hand.”

—Bishop George Appleton

Almighty and most merciful Father, whose

loving kindness is over all Your works; behold,

visit and relieve this Your servant who is grieved

with sickness. Grant that the sense of her weakness

may add strength to her faith, and seriousness

to her repentance.

And, grant that, by the help of Your Holy Spirit,

after the pains and labors of this short life, we may

obtain everlasting happiness, through Jesus Christ

our Lord: for whose sake hear our prayers.

—Samuel Johnson’s prayer offered

during a farewell visit to a friend.


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“Let Your healing light shine, O God. Give

doctors unusual skill in the healing arts. Give researchers

success in curing diseases. Give counselors

insight and healing love. Give pastors discernment

and tender compassion. Give social workers

courage and boundless hope.

“Let Your healing light shine, O God.”

—Richard Foster

“Lord, in Your mercy and grace, reach out

Your hand and heal those that are sick. Restore

them to health, deliver them from the sickness

they now have.

“Heal them in the name of Your only Son; let

His holy name be their cure; may it restore them

to health and wholeness; by Him may power and

glory be Yours, in the Holy Spirit, as they shall be,

age after age.”

—Serapion of Thmuis

“Lord, look down on my infirmities and help

me to bear them patiently.”

—St. Francis of Assisi


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Additional Scriptures for

Spiritual Focus

Isaiah 43:1-3—“Fear not, for I have redeemed you;

I have called you by your name; You are Mine.

When you pass through the waters, I will be

with you; and through the rivers, they shall not

overflow you. When you walk through the fire,

you shall not be burned, nor shall the flame

scorch you. For I am the Lord your God.”

Exodus 14:13—“Do not be afraid. Stand still, and

see the salvation of the Lord, which He will accomplish

for you today.”

Philippians 4:13, 19—“I can do all things through

Christ who strengthens me.… And my God

shall supply all your need according to His

riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”


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