Over the last few years I have been acutely aware of physical illness among us. These vary from different kinds of cancer to problems with backs, knees, skin, lungs, joints and blood. Personally, I have had a couple of issues; so has my mother. The body of Christ is in need of healing now as never before.
Reading through the Gospels, the theme of healing comes alive at every turn of a page. Jesus confronts unbelief, hypocrisy and human suffering with powerful teachings that are punctuated with miracles of healing. As Christ ascends into heaven, the infant church is endowed with power and authority from above. Thousands come to the faith as healing miracles follow the apostolic company. Oh, for a day when we can replay these experiences in our daily walk.
So what has become of our modern day faith? It is true that we occasionally see a demonstration of God’s power as demons are cast out and healing takes place. But my heart cries for more.
In my case, I had a painful experience with a prostate biopsy in 2011. My PSA did not go down immediately, but I have seen God’s hand at work. Four years later, I am thankful for the slow but steady drop in PSA levels. Sometimes God heals instantly, and sometimes gradually. This one has taken a lot of discipline including prayer and different herbs — but I thank God there has been no need for an operation, or another biopsy. Whew!
In the case of my mother, over a year ago her kidneys were shutting down. We air-lifted her from Kitale to Nairobi, believing for a miracle. Again, we have seen God’s faithfulness in restoring her health. Today her kidneys are functioning again, while diabetes and high blood pressure are under control. (The remaining struggle is arthritis). Thanks be to God!
My prayer this year is to experience God so powerfully that we will see His hand at work. With the world focusing on terrorism, climate change and economic upheavals, wouldn’t it be just wonderful if God would revive us again!