the same Yesterday, Today and Forever”
5 August 2008
I wrote the following
letter to my aunt-in-law who has been sick, afflicted by Lupus. She has
been in deep pain but has always been faithful to God. I felt led
to write her this letter of edification which was also forwarded to a
number of believers. Many have expressed the blessing,
encouragement and inspiration they’ve had upon reading it. It is
herein presented for your edification especially if you are one who may
be in a similar situation of praying for healing from God.
May God bless you.
Shalom dearly beloved in Christ,
means “Peace”. It may seem awkward for me to greet you with
“shalom” when you are in deep pain physically and emotionally. But
its not awkward for His word tells us that
“The LORD will give strength unto His people;
the LORD will bless His people with peace.”
29:11) This peace is not a passive happiness that so often we have
when something good or hilarious happens and quickly evaporates when we
are faced with trouble. The peace of the Lord goes and digs deeper
into a man’s soul and its presence or continuity isn’t dependant on
physical circumstances. Man today spends almost all of his time
and resources towards labor and studies to get a hold of peace.
But even after one has climbed the tall ladder of success he or she will
still feel a void in his life.
I was one
time approached by a heavyset fat person with very good health but
living in a very terrible condition financially. The house she was
living in could hardly be called a house much less a home. The
person said to me, “Please pray with me, I need money; if only I can
have money, I will be happy”. Well, I told her to kneel down
in prayer. As I began to pray, thereupon an ugly cry of a demonic
spirit was manifested in her and she kept grimacing.
occasion a car was sent to pick me to go and pray for someone in a very
critical condition. Upon reaching the home of the sick man, my
attention was distracted by the big mansion. It had fantastic display
and expensive assets. Outside the yard were all sort of beautiful
and luxurious cars. I entered through the sitting room and saw a
number of relatives, elderly and young, all in a sad mood. It was
a sad picture altogether. I proceeded through the corridor to the
bedroom of the man. This man was the owner of the home. I
could not believe my eyes: he was nothing but a living skeleton, which
was all I saw. The man was so sick that he had to be carried and
helped in everything. My heart was so burdened. These words
come to my heart when I think of that moment;
“For what hath man of all his labor, and of
the vexation of his heart, wherein he hath labored under the sun? For
all his days are sorrows, and his travail grief; yea, his heart taketh
not rest in the night. This is also vanity.”
The two occasions I have narrated tells me
that its not money nor good health alone that we need for
God’s Holy Spirit living in us is the
greatest security we can have.
And the basic necessities in life are not food, shelter and
clothing but faith in God!
(Read Luke 12:22-31.)
My beloved mom, hear me: Your
condition doesn’t mean that God hasn’t heard you or that you are far
from Him. It’s not always the case that when we pray for healing
it will manifest. Be it known unto you that God permits everything
for a purpose! Some things God permits are quite painful but it is
only the time that can tell what purpose He had and what great joy we
will have when we receive our reward when we would be strong up to the
end. Remember Paul! Paul prayed three times earnestly to God
asking God to heal him of his chronic sickness which he described as a
“thorn in the flesh”. If you have a Bible with you please
read with me 2 Corinthians 12. In this chapter Paul narrates
(by hiding his identity) how God used him to an extent of one time
lifting him up into a heavenly dimension. Can you imagine how
great this man of God was? [No, he wasn’t like a lot of these
made-up men of God that we see on TV and hear on Radio playing
hocus-pocus. When you look at them they look like Hollywood
movie stars instead of shining forth the humble and glowing light of the
Word of old times! We have a lot of bogus preachers who have
managed to psychologically and hysterically sway large audiences in the
so-called healing or miracle crusades. I believe in
the power of God because I have had encounters of its real healings and
miracles and it has forever changed my life, but I also believe that
there is a lot of fake healings and miracles. You can see it every
day on TV. Some of these preachers you know them. They are
renowned and known worldwide. They try to preach divine healing
but do not live by God’s Holy Word. But the Lord called me to
preach His word. On 3rd September 2006 I was
caught up in a night vision in which a cloud came shinning over me; it
was shining and glistening. (I have limited words to explain every
detail). A voice spoke out of the cloud and said
“My servant, preach the Word…”
That’s what I stand for and preach – His Word! Nothing else.]
Paul was a great man of God with such
abundant revelations and God used him to heal many people (Acts
19:11-12). But let us see what he wrote concerning his request for
his healing: “Lest
I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the
revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger
of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure. For this
thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. And He
said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: For my strength is
made perfect in weakness.”
Very few people may speak to you the way I am speaking but nevertheless
hear me: GOD IS WITH YOU!
We have prayed and prayed, and I trust he has heard us and we now leave
everything in His hands. He can still heal you, and even if He
does not, then He has a purpose for that and you will have your special
“all things work together for good to
them that love God.” (Romans
Mom, one thing I know and have told Norah is that you
love God. You have been faithful to Him. God sees all what
you do and He will reward you accordingly. If we are sick and we
pray about it and nothing happens, it is like the case with Paul, let us
always keep in mind that either God will do it in has own time or He has
permitted it FOR A
Can you imagine that a great prophet of God like Elisha who recorded
some of the greatest miracles in the Bible died of a fatal sickness?
(Read 2 kings 13:14.) The point is: even greatly beloved people of
God do get sick. Even the Lord Jesus Christ could only heal if God
permitted it; He could only heal when
the power of
God was present to heal
This is true because I have seen it many times. One time two women
who were very sick were brought home so that I could pray for them.
I did not know them and they were not religious. One had suffered
a bad shock and her face was disfigured about her mouth and cheek on her
left side. The other one had a badly eaten up throat and had great
difficulties in eating. I was then with two or three brothers in
the room. I told them
pray and see if the Lord will grant us His healing mercies”.
I told the two women to kneel down, we began to praise and worship
the Lord as we waited for His presence to come down and see, if by His
grace, He would heal the patients. Suddenly, while we worshipped, both
ladies screamed as they felt something like an electric current going
through them. At that same instance both of them fell to the ground.
When they stood up they were puzzled as to what was happening to them.
They got up to find that they were healed.
What did that? God’s presence!
His power spontaneously came down and brought deliverance and the Name
of the Lord was glorified.
Now one thing I have come to notice is that
this does not always happen when I pray for people. It only
happens when the Lord permits it.
I pray sincerely for a time that God will let His healing mercies come
on you. I believe ALL THINGS ARE
I pray for you and
will always pray for you. I trust God loves you and cares for you.
Be strengthened in the Lord always. One thing I don’t give
up on is prayer because I have prayed for certain requests for years and
God only clearly answered them at a time when I was almost losing hope.
That is what makes me keep on believing that God is able to heal you.
OF MY MOTHER’S HEALING
My mother was at one time always sick. For
years, she used to have a deep excruciating pain from her leg through
the uterus to her back. At that time, she was not a believer and
mom and dad were always uncomfortable with me being churchy. They
felt that it would disturb my education. But God one day spoke to
me by a prophecy: “Don’t worry about
the unbelief of your parents. One day I will perform a miracle and they
Well, that looked so impossible because
everyone in the family was against my spiritual life. (But I thank
God, because now, most of my relatives
brothers, sisters, aunties, grandfathers and mothers now fear the God I
worship! Blessed be the name of the LORD!).
Many times my mother
would faint. At one time she almost died of her complex chronic
condition. It was at night when she suddenly fell and was
breathless. My aunties, sisters and brothers were gathered and
some had already started shedding tears. I was awakened out of
sleep and was told to pray for her. Surprisingly I was not
emotionally moved by what had taken place. (I am naturally and
emotionally burdened whenever I see someone very sick). I gave a
very short prayer as I laid my hand on her. Her eyes popped open
and she rose up and went to sleep. But her problem continued until
one day her doctor gave her a document to sign for an abdominal
operation involving the uterus. Surprisingly, before she could go
to the hospital she came to my bedroom saying, “Pray for me and
anoint me with your oil.” Remember that I said she was not a
believer and was always uncomfortable with me being churchy?
(Those days I used to be very uncomfortable spending time with my family
at home because of the unbelief they had. I spent all the time
alone to myself and most of the time in prayer and fasting in Chamba
Valley hills. I had lost a lot of weight from the fasts.) I
went to a box where I kept a bottle in which I had pure olive oil.
I used it to pray for the sick as instructed in the scriptures (James
5:14-16). I still remember very well the words I prayed as I took
my hand and laid it on her. I prayed a very short prayer saying,
“Lord let no doctor’s knife touch her. Let this be a testimony. Amen”.
I did not feel any strange feeling in my body but that simple prayer did
a miracle. At the hospital, one of the doctors said, “Let’s
examine her again”. Surprisingly after re-examining her, the
doctors said, “No, she won’t need an operation”.
That was ten years ago
and to this day, she is perfectly well and a strong believer. That
miracle made her accept the God who was working in my life. She
got baptized in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ and has been a great
help in my ministry financially.
Sorry for this lengthy
letter. I just felt led to take time and share this message from my
Remain blessed! Always
praying for you,
Beloved may the Lord be
with you as you pray for whatever need you may have. If you have a need
and would like to share your prayer request, we can pray over it with
you. Remember, “with God all things are possible” (Matthew
Bro.Andrew C Phiri
firstname.lastname@example.org ● PO Box 37919, Lusaka,