ROLE OF PRAYER IN MIRACULOUS HEALING

A new report from a peer-reviewed medical journal has put an end to the age-old debate: prayer really does work.

At just one week old, a baby boy was rushed to the hospital. He was vomiting forcefully and struggling to properly digest formula. Before long, doctors diagnosed him with gastroparesis, a rare disease in which the stomach cannot correctly empty itself of its contents.

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Surgeons performed on the baby both a pyloromyotomy, which loosens tightened muscles causing a blockage between the stomach and small intestine, and a jejunostomy, the creation of an opening through the skin at the front of the abdomen for a feeding tube.

He went on to live a relatively normal life, even playing sports.

The boy grew up in a Christian home; he had an active prayer life and participated in church activities every single week. He had safely assumed, though, his disease would just be part of his life — forever.

Things changed when he attended a prayer service

On Nov. 6, 2011, when he was 16 years old, the patient and his family attended a prayer service at a Pentecostal church led by a preacher the case study referred to as a “healing evangelist.”

The evangelist recounted his own miraculous healing after having his intestines severed in a serious accident when a massive truck fell on his abdomen.

While listening to the speaker’s testimony, the teenager recalled his own strange feelings. Here’s how he described his experience:

During the prayer, I felt an electric shock that started from my right shoulder travelling down through my stomach. That was the moment that I knew I had been touched by the Holy Spirit. Since I have been healed of my illness, I have had more energy than ever before, and have thoroughly enjoyed the new adventure of trying all different types of foods. I have entered into the medical field in search to help the sick and needy, and to give back the great care I received as a patient.

In the prior 16 years, the boy was dependent on feeding tubes and could not handle any form of oral feeding. But after that prayer service, everything changed for him.

“His intolerance to oral feedings was completely resolved” after the service, the case study reported.

The boy’s primary care physician described the incredible shift as “difficult to explain” and recommended removing the feeding tubes as long as he was still having no issues after three months.

Even doctors are dumbfounded by his healing

Now 23 years old, the patient’s tubes were taken out and he has had no recurring symptoms since the November 2011 prayer service.

Most interesting, perhaps, is the fact that before the teenager’s miraculous healing, both he and his parents were cessationists, meaning, while they believe God performed miracles in the Old Testament and in the New Testament, they were not convinced he did the same in this modern era. It’s safe to say their perspectives have changed.

Though they can’t rule it out completely, doctors just couldn’t chalk the kid’s healing up to the so-called “placebo effect,” which was defined in the study as “the physical change that occurs as a result of what we believe a pill or a procedure will do.”

“The complete resolution of severe gastroparesis symptoms (i.e., dependence on feeding tubes) is not known to spontaneously occur, and studies of placebos have shown only partial resolution of symptoms at best,” the study’s authors explained.

This case study has left a lot of questions unanswered. It’s even presented new questions. But it has made one thing clear: prayer really does work.

“A noteworthy observation,” the researchers explained, “is that studies showing positive effects of prayer have typically involved intercessors who either professed … being ‘born again’ Christians (with a commitment to daily devotional prayer and active fellowship with their local church) or … faith in healing.”

JESUS WILL RULE & REIGN THE NATIONS FROM JERUSALEM

I am on the Australian Board of the International Christian Chamber of Commerce (ICCC). Recently, we had our International Conference in Jerusalem which I attended. The following is my report on the conference. It challenged me, I hope it will do so for you.

The Commonwealth of Israel – Releasing a blessing for the nations

November 3-7th, 2018, Jerusalem

The opening address for the conference was given by Jan Sturesson, Chairman of ICCC International on the evening prior to Day One of the conference.

The hour has come for ICCC to serve in a new way – reformation in practice.

DAY ONE

The Commonwealth of Israel – Releasing a blessing for the nations

What does it mean for Israel, the nations and the body of Christ?

The timing and location of the conference was strategic, Israel is celebrating its 70th anniversary. It is no accident that the USA and other nations are or will move their embassies to Jerusalem. Do their leaders know that God will rule and reign from there in the Millennium? Probably not.  Little do these nations know how important it is for them to support Israel:

“When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory. All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them from one another, as a shepherd divides His sheep from the goats. Then He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on His left hand.” Matthew 25:31-33

The sheep nations get to live on in the Millennial reign of Yeshua but the goat nations do not.

Will your nation be a sheep or goat nation?

Our International Board were Holy Spirit lead to choose Rick Riding of Succat Hallel as the opening speaker. Aligning with God and His purposes for this time.

Succat Hallel (Hebrew for Tabernacle of Praise) is a dynamic community of worshippers and intercessors from five continents drawn together to stand as watchmen on the walls of Jerusalem.

I will urge all people who want to connect with God’s purposes for these “last days” to connect with and support Succat Hallel. Rick challenged me to do all I can to ensure Australia is not a goat nation.

Recent events in Australia, particularly Scott Morrison’s elevation to Prime Minister and Josh Fryberg to Deputy, indicate God has given us a window of opportunity to get in step with His purposes. The fact our Prime Minister and his Deputy indicate they will consider moving the Australian embassy to Jerusalem is another very significant indicator, but requires significant prayer and Holy Spirit led action to become a reality. I will make sure all Prayer Networks in Australia get a copy of this document.

The second speaker, Calev Myers, Founder and President of Arise (Alliance to Reinforce Israel’s Security and Economy) was also a Holy Spirit inspired choice that reinforced the message given by Rick Riding that Israel is on track with God’s plan to be a blessing to the nations with emerging technologies that will change the world. One day of the ICCC conference was devoted to support the first ARISE SUMMIT more on that later.

The rest of the first day of the ICCC Conference was spent on: Leveraging the relationship between business organisations in the body of Christ and the state of Israel. Including Breakout Sessions.

Once again, the choice of speakers was Holy Spirit inspired particularly as Jan shared that he did not think all would turn up. ICCC played a significant role in connecting these men and forming what will be significant relationships – Jews/Christians.

Marian Cohen, Chairman of Israel Federal Bi-National Chambers of Commerce.

Robert Ilatov, Chairman Knesset Christian Allies and Israel Hi-Tech Caucus

Rabbi Tuly Weisz Jerusalem

Leaders of Christian Business Organisations present:

Timo Plutschinski, WEA (World Evangelical Alliance) Business Coalition

Dennis Peacocke, Go Strategic (Strategic Christian Services)

Arleen Westerhof, European Economic Summit

Wim Kater, CMBC (Certified Master Business Coaches) International

Jan Sturesson ICCC International

DAY TWO

Key note: A Commonwealth Future Starts with Prayer

Albert Veksler, Director of Jerusalem Prayer Breakfast Movement

The first-ever Jerusalem Prayer Breakfast was hosted at the Israel Knesset (Israeli Parliament) on June 6th by the Speaker of the Knesset Yuli-Yoel Edelstein and Members of the Knesset, Robert Ilatov (Chairman of the Beiteinu party) and Rabbi Yahuda Glick.

More than 550 delegates from 56 countries attended, representing politicians, pastors, leaders, and business people from all walks of life (ICCC was well represented including our Chairman).

At the reception in the Knesset commemorating the 50-year anniversary of the reunification of the ancient city of Jerusalem, Mr Ilatov (as mentioned, a speaker on Day One of our conference) spoke of the need to stand together to promote the fulfillment of Biblical prophecy of Jerusalem as the undivided capital and ‘eternal home’ of the people of Israel. “Now is the time to put prayer into action and to put pressure on our governments to relocate their embassies to Jerusalem.”

Michele Bachman. Former U.S. Congresswoman. And head of the U.S. Allies Caucus, received a standing ovation as she gave her commitment on behalf of the U.S. to stand with Israel, including a reminder that those who bless Israel will be blessed (Genesis 12:2-3 and Acts 3:25).

After Albert Veksler on “the future starts with prayer”, there was a distinguished panel on:

How do we stand in the GAP for Israel and Jerusalem?”

Panel speakers:

Dr Jorgen Buhler, Director, International Christian Embassy, Jerusalem (trained physicist and ordained minister (German Pentecostal Federation)

Israel Pochtar, Founder of Voice of Judah Israel and Senior Pastor in Ashdad. Hebrew speaking Messianic Congregation.

Voice of Judah Israel is a voice in the land that proclaims the Good News to the people of Israel; reaches out a helping hand to feed and clothe the poor, plants and cultivates congregations, and raises up a generation of servant leaders.

Dr Naim Khoury, cofounder of Holy Land Missions based in Bethlehem working with Arab Christians (60% of church members unemployed)

ICCC’s participation in the first Arise Summit 2018 (Connecting Businesses, Facilitating Investments in Israeli Industries, Advancing Peaceful Coexistence) in Tel Aviv on the third day of the conference was a major initiative for ICCC in how we can stand in the GAP for Israel and Jerusalem.

ARISE exists to combat such threats to the security and economy of Israel through highly strategic advocacy.

What’s the Impact of BDS on Palestinians?

Well over 100,000 Palestinians are employed, this very day, in Jewish businesses across Israel, Judea and Samaria. Currently, some 70,000 Palestinians possess Israeli work permits, with experts estimating that tens of thousands more are employed illegally by Jewish citizens of Israel. Approximately 30,000 Palestinians are employed in Jewish-owned businesses throughout the West Bank, providing upwards of USD $300,000,000 in salaries to Palestinians per annum.

Each salary earned by them supports an average of ten people, due to the traditional multi-generational co-habitation in Palestinian households. The very businesses which the boycott movement would like to shut down put food on the table for approximately 1,000,000 Palestinians every day. 

Arab Christians: All agreed, ICCC needs to consider how we work with people such as Dr Khoury to help, particularly with training (TWL) and mentoring of Arab Christian business people starting in Bethlehem.

Every ICCC Chapter needs to connect with local, State and National Prayer Networks to participate with prayer for the nation, prayer for Israel and other nations as led by the Holy Spirit.

The rest of the DAY THREE provided “A Taste of the Kingdom in business and working life” with testimonies and excellent choice of Breakout Sessions:

  1. Business Clinic for Israeli Entrepreneurs.
  2. Serving the Body of Christ using the new ICCC training materials – Transformed Working Life.
  3. How to make a Biblical based business/life plan.
  4. Stand in the GAP in prayer (What does it mean in real life).

The evening session “Releasing a blessing from Israel to the nations – Business in the days to come” was the last session of the conference as Day 4 was devoted to the Arise Summit.

The speaker Peter Tsuahira, Director of Or HaCarmel (Light of Carmel) Ministry Centre. It is a residential community to be a demonstration of the love of God to Israel. Since its beginning in 2002 it has become a place for the development and launching of new projects and areas of service for those in need. Peter is also an International Business Consultant.

He reinforced the message we had been getting since the start of the conference. God will rule nations when He returns and He will rule with a rod of iron. Zechariah expresses this well.

“And it shall come to pass that everyone who is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall go up from year to year to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, and to keep the Feast of Tabernacles. And it shall be that whichever of the families of the earth do not come up to Jerusalem to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, on them there will be no rain.” Zechariah 14:16-17

For me once again it asks the question; will my nation be a sheep or goat nation and what am I doing now to ensure the truth of where we are in Biblical history is made known.

My calling is to provide resources (power point sermons, podcasts and videos) to equip the “last days” church and to partner with organisations that understand the times and know their calling from God (www.powerpointsermons.net)

I am convinced that apart from its leading role in supporting Israel, ICCC is playing an important role at this time to both train up marketplace leaders and to connect with and support other marketplace ministries.

GOD APPOINTS OUR LEADERS PART 2

More on God’s intervention in the leadership of Australia as an answer to much prayer going on in this nation. A time for rejoicing, YES! but also a time for us share the good news and expand our efforts with renewed prayer and fasting. Listen to what Warwick Marsh of the National Day of Prayer and Repentance had to say.

Brief summary: “We believe we have had some amazing answers to prayer over the last two weeks. Firstly the Senate rejected Euthanasia on 15 September and a new Christian Prime Minster & Jewish deputy Prime Minster were both unexpectedly elected to lead the Coalition Government on Friday 24 September. We also need to pray that God would intervene to block the Queensland government introducing legalised abortion in Queensland. Please tell your friends to pray, fast and repent for breakthrough in our nation on these dates.”

One article in The Weekend Australian mentions Scott Morrison’s maiden speech in the Federal Parliament in 2008. He described his family and his faith as “the most significant influences in my life”. In that speech he also boldly stated that “our task is not to claim whether God is on our side but to pray earnestly that we are on His”. Consistent with this, we read that “In December Mr Morrison stepped up his role as a leader of the conservative right in the Liberal Party. … He also promised to play a leading role in the push to enshrine further “protections” for religious freedom in law.”

PEOPLE WHO MAKE A LASTING DIFFERENCE IN THIS WORLD PRAY

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Prayer needs to be the first thing we think of, for things to succeed, not the last thing we do when all else fails. The people who make a real and lasting difference in this world are people who first and foremost pray. They pray because they understand who God is and His capabilities (omnipotent, omniscient and omnipresent). He is our creator, He loves us and made us in His image to be in communion with Him. Many will choose to trust God more when they realise that not to trust God is to distrust Him. To distrust God is to distress yourself and disconnect from others.

“And He went a little beyond them, and fell on His face and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; yet not as I will, but as You will.” Matthew 26:39 

Timing of this event: 11 pm-2 am – Jesus leaves the disciples and goes to pray for three hours. Goes back to the disciples twice, wakes them, calling them to prayer. During the third hour, the sweat was pouring out of him “like blood”. The angels come to his aid, and Jesus is in charge of his body once more, despising the coming shame and trauma he is about to endure (“like a sheep before the shearers is dumb, he does not open his mouth”).

The objective of prayer is not to inform our Saviour and Lord of our needs (God knows everything), but to transform our situations and lives in our time of need (God knows we need it).

God designed prayer to be an effective spiritual muscle that we can freely exercise, in Jesus name, anytime, anywhere and for anything.  The Bible tells us how that “….the effective, heartfelt and persistent prayer of a righteous man – a believer, can accomplish much when put into action and made effective by God—it is dynamic and has tremendous power. 

TIME TO BECOME DISCIPLES OF CHRIST

Jesus has promised us:

Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father.John 14:12 

And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well.” Mark 16:15-18

  1. Do you believe it is your Father’s will for you and the people around you to be healed? Seek His will and put your will in His hands. Luke 5:12-1
  2. In the light of John 14:12, do you question the availability of the power of Jesus and that He now commissions us to do likewise?

Need more Scriptures?

“And He called the twelve together and gave them power and authority over all demons and to cure diseases, and he sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal.  And they departed and went through the villages, preaching the gospel and healing everywhere.” Luke 9:1-2, 6

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Next Jesus sent out the seventy-two. “Go! I am sending you… Heal the sick who are there and tell them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.’” Luke 10:3, 9

“And behold, a woman who had suffered from a discharge of blood 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 will be made well.” Jesus turned, and seeing her he said, ‘Take heart, daughter; your faith has made you well.’ And instantly the woman was made well.” Matthew 9:20-22. 

“But if you can do anything, have compassion on us and help us.” And Jesus said to him,” ‘If you can!’ All things are possible for one who believes.” Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, “I believe; help my unbelief!” …most of them said, “He is dead.” But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him up, and he arose.” Mark 9:22-24,26-27. 

Be blessed as you look to Jesus the Son of God –

  • Pray by faith for God’s healing power for you and those around you.
  • Discern God’s will and pray according to His will.
  • Pray for those the Spirit leads you to – those who need healing as a demonstration of God’s personal love for them – so they know the kingdom of heaven is real and near.

In these last days only disciples of Christ will bring His Kingdom to impact this increasingly dark world. Find a church that is raising up disciples who will then make more disciples.

HOW DO YOU PRAY?

DO YOU BELIEVE ?

Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father. Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it. John 14:12

God is able “to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or thinkEphesians 3:20

Ask of Me, and I will give the nations for Your inheritance.” Psalm 2:8

You do not have because you do not ask.” James 4:2

Draw near with confidence to the throne of grace” Hebrews 4:16

But this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting” Matthew. 17:21

If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.John 15:7

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What are you petitioning God for in this new year? Are you desiring to go into the land promised to you by the Lord? Whatever you are taking to the Lord in prayer, refuse to advance without His presence and intimate fellowship with Him. Refuse to view other people as a structure to build your own platform. Value the relationships God has cultivated in your life. Give honour to them without idolising them, all the while maintaining that deep personal relationship with God, giving thanks to Him in everything.

Moses understood that unless the Lord went with them there was no point going anywhere. Same goes with us, unless we know we are hearing rightly from God, then spend more time in prayer, prayer and fasting if necessary until breakthrough comes. It will, if you are serious and have a humble and contrite heart.

If your presence does not go with us, do not bring us up from here. For how will it be known that I have found favour in Your sight, I and your People? Is it not by Your going with us, so that we will be distinguished, I and Your people, from all the people who are on the face of the earth?Exodus 33:15-16

Remember also, vague prayers are inferior to specific ones.

New movie – WAR ROOM stunning success at the Box Office

The Film “War Room” has stunned box office watchers by nearly dethroning “Straight Outta Compton” as the weekend’s highest-grossing domestic release with its $11 million debut. That’s particularly impressive given that the religious drama was playing on a third of the number of screens.

The film’s message on the power of prayer and that prayer is spiritual warfare not to be undertaken by lukewarm Christians is a much needed message for the church at this time. We need to get the word out about this awesome movie which will challenge all Christians about their attitude to prayer. We need more prayer warriors in the church and this film will help achieve that objective.

“War Room,” the story of a disintegrating marriage rescued by intense prayer, was produced for a slender $3 million and distributed by Sony’s Affirm division. It is on pace to be among the Kendrick brothers’ biggest hits, rivaling the $34.5 million brought in by “Courageous” and the $33.5 million generated from “Fireproof.”

Getting the word out about the picture involved a massive grassroots effort. Facebook was particularly active, as the film’s page attracted more than half a million fans, though its presence on Twitter was only marginal. More important was the work that the Kendricks did to raise awareness. The brothers shot set videos to keep audiences informed about the production and prepared packets that they sent to churches in the USA that included materials that could be incorporated into sermons prior to the film’s release.

 

 

MARILYN MOSBY – GOD’S ESTHER for African Americans

Baltimore’s State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby on Freddie Gray Case: God ‘Put Me in This Position for a Reason’

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Marilyn Mosby prays with church leaders, including Bishop Angel Nunez, during a prayer breakfast in Baltimore, Maryland, on April 28, 2014

Baltimore’s State’s Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby, the woman who criminally charged six police officers in the death of Freddie Gray on Friday, is a practicing Christian who declared at a recent prayer breakfast that God “put me in this position for a reason.”

“Mosby is a Christian, she loves the Lord. She’s part of our Multicultural Prayer Movement. I was in her office last week. I took her hands and we prayed together, and we wept and I prayed over her and I said: ‘God has raised you a woman of God for such a time as this. This is why God put you here and we stand with you.’ The woman depends on the Lord. This is a 35-year-old woman, an Esther in this hour,” said Bishop Angel Nunez, who leads Baltimore’s Multicultural Prayer Movement, in an interview with The Christian Post on Friday.

On Tuesday at the Bilingual Christian Church, Mosby spoke with members of the Multicultural Prayer Movement group, of which she is also a member. At one point church leaders, including Nunez who has been her friend for five years, gathered around her and prayed.

“I was reminded of Isaiah 41 verse 10,” Mosby, who recalled once having self-doubt while seeking election as Baltimore’s state’s attorney, told the congregants.

“Fear not for I am with you, be not dismayed for I am your God. I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

And that is what kept me grounded whenever I had that self-doubt, whenever I said this is too much for me to handle as a wife, as a mother, as an attorney. I’ve got to tell you that God got me through and I have to believe that He put me here for a reason,” she said.

“So we will pursue justice by any and all means necessary. I appreciate your support Bishop [Nunez], you’ve been there for me from the very beginning,” Mosby added, before alluding to the riots which appeared to come to a halt after charges in Gray’s death were announced.

“Nothing transcends the power of prayer and let me tell you, our young people, I know that they’re called ‘thugs.’ Those are young people crying out; there’s a sense of hopelessness in this city and there’s nobody that can touch them the way that you all can, the way that we can …”