Prayer in the Marketplace
Street healing often involves praying for someone briefly, then moving on. In many
instances, I may not see the person again, or find out how they are progressing. But this isn’t always the case…
Terry is an outdoor market trader in my local town, who has been receiving ongoing treatment for cancer. When we first met Terry and his wife, we spent some time getting to know them, asking if there was anything they would like prayer for. They are a friendly, engaging couple, and I quickly warmed to them.
As the conversation moved on, Terry informed us that he was being successfully treated for a type of leukaemia, which was under control; his hospital consultant was also monitoring a small tumour on the kidney, which would be operated on, if it grew larger.
However, Terry was now really scared, as the doctor had found something else. This time, it was a tumour on his lung, which was being investigated further.
So we prayed, believing God would remove the growth on the lung.
It took a little time for Terry to receive a straight answer from the consultant. I can only imagine the confusion among the medical staff at the hospital, as the scan was clear. No tumour.
Terry was told: “It appears to have resolved itself.” It was suggested to him that maybe it had been a chest infection, which cleared up, and not a tumour, after all.
Had a mistake been made, when the doctor first spotted something on Terry’s lung? Or did the healing power of Jesus cause the tumour to disappear, leaving the medical staff scratching their heads in disbelief?
All I know is, the next time we saw Terry and his wife, they were beaming happily at us. They greeted us, by saying, “Your prayers must have worked!”
News has started to spread on the marketplace grapevine that when we pray, something happens.
As we serve our community in this way, friendships are being established, and we are finding that other market traders are trusting us to pray for them, too.
We continue to pray that the tumour on Terry’s kidney also disappears, and that his whole body is a cancer free zone.