When my wife Olivia and I attended a home group, a 73 year old woman stood up for prayer. She was visibly angry and shared about the stage four cancer she has been fighting since the age of 33. She then admitted that she had extreme anger towards God, not for her own cancer, but for the stage four cancer her daughter was recently diagnosed with. She shared that her daughter was in so much pain and discomfort and to top it off, she was dealing with additional pain from a liver biopsy. She shared with us that her daughter was a highly respected medical doctor. The woman told us that the anger she felt towards God was eating her alive. She also shared that she told God to take her own life in place of her daughter’s life.
A group of us approached her and started to pray over her. I prayed against any spiritual attack on her life, over any unrighteous anger, and I bound the spirit of death that she may have been partnering with unknowingly. We all prayed and ended the prayer with having her proclaim that she forgives God while breaking all vows that she had made with death or sickness.
Fast forward to one week from yesterday, the woman walked into our church with a huge smile and hugged me and my wife. During small talk, she shared that she felt as though she had made a fool of herself that night at our friend’s house. She said that she was terribly angry at God that night and hated me for confronting her on her anger and vows. Then she shared about a series of miracles that happened afterward.
First, the woman shared with us that the next morning she woke up and realized the anger and hatred she felt towards God and myself was completely gone. She stated that it felt like the weight of the world was lifted off of her!
Second, her daughter called that same morning and said that the severe pain she felt from her liver biopsy the day before, which should have lasted for days more, completely disappeared!
Then, later that week, her daughter asked her mother if holy laughter was “a thing” because apparently as she entered a CAT scan she started to laugh and could not stop! The daughter stated since she was a medical doctor in that hospital, she was very embarrassed about the uncontrollable laughter but thought that it must have been a manifestation of God!
I responded that she did not make a fool of herself that night at all. Rather, we all saw her as being very courageous by being so honest about her emotions. Her pure emotions and brave transparency accelerated the miraculous to happen in her life and her daughter’s!
She ended with “Thank you pastor. I don’t hate you anymore! I love and appreciate you so much.”
Even though it was only the second time I had seen her, I was overwhelmed with joy! Stories like this make pastoring worth it!
(Please continue to pray with us for both cancers to disappear!)