Daily Thought For January 29, 2020

Deeper Life In The Holy Spirit

Let us never hesitate to ask for the help of the divine Physician, any more than we should hesitate to go to earthly physicians. "Heal me, O LORD, and I shall be healed; save me, and I shall be saved; for you are my praise" (Jer 17: 14). 

Dr. Bob Sawyer, M.D., is a retired ear, nose, and throat specialist in Baltimore. He had been used by God to heal on a natural level for decades, but he did not realize the supernatural power that was also available to him in Christ. A few years ago, he began praying for more grace to overflow in his life. He recounts: 
I'd been asking the Lord to make his presence in me palpable to the people around me, that even when I step on an elevator they would somehow sense God. Not that they would be drawn to me, but that they would simply become more aware of God. One morning the chief nurse in surgery came and said, "There's a nurse friend of mine who has a brain tumor. Would you mind praying with her?" I asked if this other nurse knew me. "No, but she wants you to pray with her." I said of course IQ be willing. An hour later the woman came up to my office. She explained that the other day she had stepped on the elevator and looked at me, and something on my face had convinced her I was the one to pray with her.  
She was scheduled the next morning to have the definitive test to determine if her brain tumor was cancerous. This was a woman who hadn't gone to church in years, but she was desperate. She had two little kids and didn't want to die. I said, "Okay, I'll be happy to pray with you:' But I had zero faith that anything would happen. First I led her in a prayer to rededicate herself to the Lord, then a prayer to be baptized in the Holy Spirit. Then I prayed with her for healing. She thanked me and left.  
The next day she went for the tests, and there was no sign of any tumor whatsoever.  
A year later I was standing in front of an elevator as she stepped off. I asked, "How are things going?" She said, "It's amazing. Everything has changed. I now witness to my patients about what Jesus has done in my life and how he can change their lives:' She and her kids were going to church on a regular basis. 

Dr. Bob now often leads healing services in inner city parishes, with the full support of his archdiocese, and sees remarkable healings on a regular basis. 

from Healing - Bringing the Gift of God's Mercy to the World by Mary Healy pp. 133-134.

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