This last weekend, I was invited by Zack and Mike to pray for Mike Fields, who is a dear friend of Christ Life, and his mother Patricia who suffered a stroke just before Christmas. I tend to hesitate changing weekend plans the night before, especially when invited to something I had never done before: visit a family I had never met and pray for healing in the wake of trauma. Nevertheless, trusting in the Holy Spirit, I agreed, and was led to one of the most peaceful and blessed experiences in my life.
And behold, a woman who had suffered from a hemorrhage for twelve years came up behind him and touched the fringe of his garment; for she said to herself, “If I only touch his garment, I shall be made well” – Matthew 9:20-21.
Upon entering Patricia’s room, I met a beautiful woman who had such peace in her heart that – aside from being in the hospital – you would not believe she had had a stroke at all. Patricia’s story is already full of miracles: Her hemorrhage was about the size of a walnut, and doctors expected to lose her within a week, yet she lives. She also speaks fluently, another fact doctors cannot explain. The stroke had, however, taken feeling and motor control from the left side of her body. She had not walked since her stroke, and she could barely move her left hand up an inch from her armrest.
She invited us and her children Mike and Kathy to pray over her for healing. I expected the three of us to do most of the praying, but the Spirit quickly quelled my pride. Even in her infirmity, Patricia offered prayers for her own healing, peace in her family, and the salvation of the world. She prayed with expectant and patient faith; and she prayed, still, for more patience!
After the first prayer session, she took, with some assistance, her first steps since her stroke. Praise be to God! Persistent, we prayed a second time giving thanks and asking for continued, complete healing. Again, with peaceful patience, Patricia offered her prayers and sought the intercession of Mary. Afterward, she walked to her bed with less assistance: She was able to carry most of her weight. She was also able to lift her left arm about another inch. Her son, Mike, just told us today (two days after prayer) that she can now lift her hand to her face!
God’s glory is so amazing, and Patricia and her family have such faith in God, that I truly believe He has granted them healing and peace. The nurses say she has progressed to a point they did not expect to see for another year. I am greatly blessed for having met Patricia and her family, and my faith is strengthened by their witness.
And I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea, and all therein, saying, “To him who sits upon the throne and to the Lamb be blessing and honor and glory and might for ever and ever!” – Revelation 5:13