I had reached a point of desperation for healing, and so I went to God about it. I told Him I would do whatever I had to do, to get well. And I was serious.
Right about that time, a friend loaned me a book she had. It was a book called A More Excellent Way by Henry Wright. It is a big book, and I didn’t read every single page, but I learned much, and I was encouraged that I could be healed completely.
One of the first things that book addressed that really jumped out at me, was that certain diseases had an almost direct connection to unforgiveness. The author saw some people be healed immediately upon forgiving a certain person.
So I made up my mind that I would forgive, if that would lead to healing.
Several months after that, I had the opportunity to attend a seminar that was recommended to me. The speaker was Art Mathias from Wellspring Ministries. I don’t recall the name of the seminar, but it was designed to be training for people who wanted to learn how to pray to help people get healed. And it was free, which was a huge blessing for me because I don’t know that I would have been able to attend otherwise.
The seminar had morning and evening sessions for 3 days, and I pushed myself to wake up way earlier than I normally was able to on a day to day basis, because I was desperate for healing, and hopeful about receiving it. This seminar was a huge step and a big turnaround in the change of my behavior toward offenses and forgiveness.
Art had a very open way of speaking, and often took questions from the audience. He shared much information – Biblical, medical, psychological and scientific. But whenever he encountered a person with a health question, after getting a bit of information about the situation, he immediately asked the person if they would pray with him. And they all said yes, of course. Then he first led them in a prayer to forgive the main offense that had come up.
It was beautiful because pretty much the whole audience joined in with every prayer, even if the situation didn’t pertain to each of us exactly. It just felt like a very loving way for all of us participants to come together in love to support the person who was feeling pain from a past offense, trauma, or abuse.
I said the prayer of forgiveness along with everyone else. The result was that I had spoken it out loud perhaps a good 50 times over the duration of the seminar. I had no idea at the time what a change that would make in me.
To be continued in Day 3.
Love & blessings,