The 10 Days of Prayer this year, for Templeton Hills Seventh-day Adventist Church in Templeton California, was an incredible blessing. Not only did members participate and grow closer during our daily prayer times, but almost every night, friends from other denominations joined our prayer fellowship. The Holy Spirit was at work. However, amidst the blessings, there was a sad note as one of our members, Zedina, was forced to spend the majority of these 10 Days of Prayer in the hospital.
Not long after she was admitted, some of our church members, as well as my wife and I, went in to the hospital to see her and pray for her. While there seemed to be no immediate answer to our prayers at that time, as a result of that visit and prayer with Zedina, we got to meet and pray with other patients that were there. One of those ladies, Josie, was her roommate. As a result of seeing Zedina’s faith and the love of her church family, Josie actually came to one night of 10 Days of Prayer and then to church the following Sabbath.
However, Zedina’s case seemed to be worsening. A few days later, upon Zedina’s request, we returned to the hospital to do an anointing. It was Wednesday evening and she was in a lot of pain.
As we came into Zedina’s room that evening, she shared how she’d been convicted during her hospital stay that she needed to surrender all to God and really put everything before Him. While the pain was not gone, relief flooded her soul.
Surrounding Zedina, we opened our Bible’s to James 5 then we knelt and began to earnestly pray. As we prayed, Zedina began to feel something happening inside her body. By the time we finished our time of prayer, she sat up, got out of bed and told us, “I will be right back.”
Within a few minutes we knew a miracle had happen. She had been in the hospital for 10 days. The doctors had been doing everything that they knew to do, but nothing was working. They were preparing to do surgery. However, instead of going to surgery, she was able to go home the next day.
Sometimes God heals our physical maladies immediately, but other times it may take time, or, if He wills, that healing may not happen until the second coming. But one thing we know, there is one prayer that He will always answer—and that’s the prayer for deliverance from sin.
In Desire of Ages we are told, “In some instances of healing, Jesus did not at once grant the blessing sought. But in the case of leprosy, no sooner was the appeal made than it was granted. When we pray for earthly blessings, the answer to our prayer may be delayed, or God may give us something other than we ask, but not so when we ask for deliverance from sin.” (p. 266).
Zedina may continue to experience trials, even challenges with her health, until Jesus’ returns but there can be no doubt that the greatest miracle which happened as a result of our prayers was her deliverance from sin as she surrendered her all to Jesus.
Zac Page, pastor of the Templeton Hills Seventh-day Adventist Church, Templeton, California.
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