Over the weekend, a story came out of Texas about a son and his pastor who agreed in prayer that the boy’s father would not stay dead and within 45 minutes the man’s body came back to life. That man is now walking on the earth, fully alive with no physical ailments from the heart attack and CPR. Many are hailing this a miracle. I agree but what stands out to me is the principle of persist, prevailing prayer of faith. That is what I believe in. Not familiar with that concept? Then google Paul Billheimer’s classic book, Destined For The Throne. Now for the big reveal.
Today is Monday, August 26, 2013. I went to bed last night praying for my wife and just meditating about how good God really is. Right now, I am in the waiting room at the hospital where my wife has a cardiologist conducting a heart cauterization to determine what can be done to improve her blood circulation. This has been her 24th hospitalization since December of 2011 and her time spent in a hospital room is approaching six months. I arrived this morning with a strangely comfortable sense of deja vu. It’s been quite a journey. The words of a Gody man, Claud Bowers who founded The SuperChannel, a vibrant TV Ministry in Central Florida were ringing in my ears… “James, It takes great faith to found a broadcast ministry.” I can relate… Triple bypass, PE’s, blood clots, an amputation, 4 stents, and lots of tests, pills, I-V’s, rehabs, prescriptions, and constantly praying for favor and provision. It’s been quite the test of faith.
Her heart troubles began just 4 days after we launched SnTRadio.com 24/7 online on Memorial Day 2009. It was a Thursday night and she had spent most of the day resting while I worked in my ProTools studio creating music programming. At that point, I was putting in 14 to 16 hour days culling and sequencing the songs from the past 40 years that would be fit to stream over SnTRadio.com. During the process where a .wav file is converted into an mp3 called “bouncing” when the computer does all the work, I would go visit with her and check to see how she was feeling. As the evening wore on her chest discomfort was increasing and I grew more concerned but she thought it was bronchitis and kept encouraging me to keep right on going. About Midnight, she was quite white and she said her chest pain was increasing so I said, “Get dressed, we are going to the ER.” The hospital was less than 10 minutes away. When we arrived, she insisted on walking into the ER. I announced that she was having chest pain and could someone get her a wheel chair. Within minutes she had an EKG and afterwards was resting on a bed when the ER doctor asked to speak with me outside the room.
He said, “Your wife has had a major heart attack and needs to be helicoptered to the Cardiac Lab and prepped for open heart surgery. We need to get her there within 20 minutes before her probability for survival diminish. The helicopter will be here in 7 minutes so you have just enough time to say goodbye. Then you need to drive downtown and get to the heart cauterization lab waiting room. Our top heart specialist and surgeon is getting a team together and they will brief you once you arrive.”
All I could think was, “I trust you, Lord. I trust you. I pray this not be her time.” Then our wedding vows came back to me, “For richer or poorer. In sickness and in health. Til death us part.” The Lord then impressed upon me that she was in His hands and that this was not her time. So as I drove the 15 miles to hospital I sang and worshiped and prayed. God’s awesome presence filled the vehicle. Unknown to me at that time was TeriLyn’s experience in the heart lab where she heard still small voice tell her calmly “Just relax and hold on, its going to be a wild ride but everything will be OK.” Three days later, she walked out of that hospital sans open heart surgery and the doctors scratching their heads saying, “You have exceeded our expectations and we decided to treat you medically”, which is doctor speak for lots of expensive drugs.” She had a bad heart attack and survived and here is why.
Before I drove to the hospital in the wee hours of Friday morning, I went back home to post a prayer request on facebook, email all the church friends and SnTRadio.com listeners that I knew across the world and enlist them as prayer warriors on my wife’s behalf. At times like these, one must bombard heaven with prayer. It was something that I learned from hanging with Dr. Edwin Louis Cole at a time when my youngest son was stricken with meningitis as an infant. He was correctly diagnosed at an early stage and healed with some medical assistance. In fact, our pediatrician had been to a seminar the weekend prior which actually trained him on how to correctly identify the various strains of meningitis. and prescribe the correct course of treatment.
Shortly, after my wife came home, the SnT Prayer Force was formed and has been a source of strength and comfort for me as we have faced many challenges and roadblocks along the way of establishing SnTRadio.com. Some people have come and gone but but most of the original members are still there. It is my heart’s desire to create a prayer ministry for our listeners utilizing the Prayer Force but we are still formulating the plan. I believe that prayer is so vital in these troubling days. America needs prayer. The Church needs prayer. We can only advance the Kingdom by prayer. The Lord commands us to pray for our enemies. (My favorite is to ask God to change their hearts and bless them.) I am absolutely convinced that nothing happens in the Kingdom of God until someone prays. So when faced with any situation or circumstance, I try to pray. Its not always my first action but I am trying real hard to respond with prayer before attempting anything else.
So P.U.S.H… Pray Until Something Happens!
(It did… stent number 5 after being told for the last 10 months that her condition could only be treated medically)