[House Church Talk] Urgent prayer for healing

Ross J Purdy rossjpurdy at netwurx.net
Wed Jan 21 05:12:02 EST 2004

Hi David,

I am a professional health care worker and before my wife had her first
child she was too. Now despite that we are heavily into alternative
medicine. I go to the doctor if I deem it appropriate but I do my homework
first and I decide what is done whether the Doc likes it or not. Now there
is nothing wrong with prayers to our Father to heal but don't forget to ask
for grace to deal with reality too if one is not healed. If one is going to
promote voo doo christianity, one will have more feathers in one's cap for
making atheists out of folks rather than believers in the long run. So,
instead of buying rabbit's feet and spinning prayer wheels, pray for
patience as a result of tribulation rather than for magic exit doors and
such. I realise that this sounds condescending but if you expect me to
believe some homespun anecdotes, then I don't believe you are showing a lot
of respect either! For those who are genuinely that gullible, I seriously
apologise. Christianity is about dealing with reality head on, not ducking
out the closest convenient escape hatch when a trial arises.

In Christ,
Ross Purdy

----- Original Message -----
From: "David Miller" <David at innglory.org>
To: "'House Church Talk'" <house church talk at housechurch.org>
Sent: Tuesday, January 20, 2004 11:28 AM
Subject: RE: [house church talk] Urgent prayer for healing

> Janet wrote:
> > I think it's time for this great land of ours to offer
> > national health insurance.  I know it's not perfect,
> > but I think it's the way we need to go.
> I know I might get ragged on for saying this, but it is exactly this
> attitude why I refuse to get health insurance for my family of seven.
> When we begin to look to hospitals and doctors as our source of strength
> and health, something is wrong.  We should be looking to Jesus for
> everything.  Jesus is our Creator.  He made our bodies and he can fix
> them.  I have nothing against a doctor helping the body if he is able,
> but I have a whole lot against those who trust in doctors and hospitals
> as if they are the only source of health for us.  I'm 43 and I do not go
> to the doctors for anything, not even to deliver my children.  I'm not
> bragging about this, just trying to encourage some of you to believe
> that God can be trusted for health and healing.  My daughter Jennifer
> woke up Sunday morning with a fever and a runny nose.  I laid hands upon
> her and rebuked the fever and believed for her to be healed.  That
> afternoon, she was out playing and perfectly well.  I could give scores
> of stories like that.
> In contrast, those who trust in doctors and hospitals always run into
> problems.  I have extended family members who are doctors and nurses and
> who run to the doctor whenever they are sick.  They always have more
> problems than my family, yet they continue to criticize me for not
> having health insurance and for not going to doctors.  My mom was
> diagnosed with cancer.  She called me and I told her not to let them cut
> her without doing one more test.  We prayed in faith and she demanded
> another x-ray before her scheduled surgery.  They did not understand.
> They asked if she wanted a second opinion.  She said no, I believe the
> Lord has healed me so I want you to check.  They said it was impossible,
> that these tumors do not just disappear in a week's time.  She was
> stubborn so they started the x-rays, and they looked and looked and
> could not find anything.  Glory to God, that was many years ago and my
> mom is still well.
> My dad was diagnosed with leukemia and was given 4 to 6 weeks to live.
> A friend of mine and I prayed for a specific Tuesday for the doctors not
> to find any cancer when they did the biopsy.  The doctors were shocked.
> No cancer could be found that day.  My dad was thrilled and gave glory
> to God.  However, months later the doctors called him wondering where he
> had been.  They wanted to do chemo-therapy "just in case" to make sure
> the cancer did not come back.  I urged my dad not to do it, but he
> trusted the doctors.  I asked him to persuade the doctors to take a more
> conservative approach, but he submitted unto them and took the
> chemo-therapy.  Ten days later he was dead from a heart attack induced
> by the chemo-therapy.  This happened just last March.  Like King Asa in
> the Bible, he trusted in the physicians and so he died (2 Chronicles
> 16:12).
> Brothers and sisters in Christ, we can trust in the Lord for healing.
> We do not need doctors or hospitals.  I'm not saying that it is wrong
> for a doctor to help you.  Like taking your car to a mechanic, if the
> doctor can help, fine.  But much about the body is beyond the knowledge
> and ability of doctors.  You are not without hope when the doctors
> cannot help.  Trust Jesus.  Turn to God in faith and watch him heal you.
> Prove God this day.
> "And Jesus answering saith unto them, HAVE FAITH IN GOD. For verily I
> say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou
> removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his
> heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to
> pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. Therefore I say unto you, WHAT
> YE SHALL HAVE THEM.  And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have
> ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive
> you your trespasses. But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father
> which is in heaven forgive your trespasses." (Mark 11:22-26 KJV)
> In the name of Jesus Christ, I rebuke the unclean spirit that has
> wrecked Jennifer's body.  I speak healing to her body in the name of
> Jesus.  Now go down to that hospital and declare her well in the name of
> Jesus.  Read this passage out loud that I just quoted above and believe
> it.  Tell her to stand up in the name of Jesus.  Come back and give us a
> good report.
> "... if thou canst do any thing, have compassion on us, and help us.
> Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to
> him that believeth."  (Mark 9:22-23 KJV)
> Peace be with you.
> David Miller, Beverly Hills, Florida.
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