Journey to Health
God does heal people immediately. But He heals many more people in time. “Not right away” doesn’t mean “not ever.” Most of us who have had to wait for an answer to prayer can speak to the lessons learned along the journey of waiting for answers. Most answers to prayer come with multiple layers, solutions, and confirmations. Sometimes we end up wanting something different than what we started off asking for. For example, we may not like our medical diagnosis. We seek a second opinion, perhaps flying to a different city. Along the way, we meet 20 different strangers. What if one of them turns out to be the answer to another prayer request for finding true love with another person? Meanwhile, cancer is indeed the diagnosis. Surgery, chemo, radiation and a new diet earn a “clean” report right before the wedding. Throughout our lives, God works on our ability to trust Him in good times and tough times.
Here are some key determinants that help smooth the process of healing:
1. Attitude Check. Some people want to “Give God a Try.” They might attend church, or go to a healing meeting, or get one prayer to see if God will heal them or not. They cross their arms, set their stopwatch, and prepare to wait five minutes to see if anything happens. Then they conclude that God will or will not heal them. Seldom does God meet this “test.” It might be helpful to interview some people that God has healed to gain understanding and perspective.
2. Expectation Check. Healing prayer plants seeds of healing into people’s hearts and bodies. Seeds grow with time. The first sign often happens during prayer when people feel heat, or experience peace, or feel tingling in an area that hurts. Many conditions, like insomnia or anxiety, need time to see if there’s any change. It helps to set an expectation that God has heard the prayers and is doing something whether it is able to be realized in the moment or not. We encourage people to look for changes over the next few days and expect God to move.
3. Scripture Check. The Bible contains many verses that address the topic of health. Much like daily vitamins, it helps to study these stories and verses and keep them fresh in one’s mind. It can be appropriate to speak them out loud. Speaking scripture out loud can change the atmosphere in a hospital room, or at home. The disciple Peter called Jesus’ words the “words of life” (see John 6:68).
4. Gratitude Check. Gratitude Journals have become very popular. They offer a place to write what one is thankful for every day. This is more than just a good habit. It’s a mindset that encourages people to think about gratitude. In terms of healing, it is good to be thankful for each step in the process of healing. Acknowledging that symptoms are better, or that the pain has lessened, even if it hasn’t completely gone away, is an important step. Some people might wait till something is 100% healed and then remember to say, “Thank you God.” Learning to say “Thank you God” for each step of improvement creates data points along the journey that build confidence that more healing is coming. Confidence in what has happened allows faith to grow for what still needs to happen on the journey to health. A thankful heart opens the door of healing from the inside.
All these steps go hand in hand with following the recommended medical processes toward healing. These steps often accelerate the healing. Aligning with God’s goals helps attain all that is available along the journey of getting to complete health.
God Answers Prayer
Since our last Healing Rooms’ Open Hours:
A lady came in with pain and stress levels at a 10 (of 10) and left with a 1. She claimed she had a great experience. One of the words she got was a bit frustrating to her because it meant that she has to wait but she gained more confidence in what she believes about God and acknowledged that is most important to her. She also was ready to try something new. This represented a step forward for her.
One woman came in with back pain that she had had for a long time. There was great joy and laughter in the appointment. The pain diminished some. The team also felt led to pray against any curse that might be at work. A short time later the woman had another prayer time that confirmed there was a curse and prayed again about it. She is now walking pain free after three years of back pain. She is praising God!
One lady came with several concerns. She reported that she received encouragement, comfort, and peace. She said she learned how to see God’s view of the circumstances she is facing through scripture. She said this has given her hope and she walks through each challenging situation in her life.
The teams prayed for job interviews, finding housing, cancer diagnosis, court cases, bladder surgery, depression, back pain, knee pain, decisions about work, lingering cough, adult children relationships, unfair insurance billing, office politics, trauma relief, clear thinking after the fog of COVID, pancreatic cancer, chemotherapy side effects, abdominal pain, disappointment with God, and healthy marriages.
Scheduling An Appointment
Together, Silicon Valley Healing Rooms Prayer Ministers are ready to take your prayer requests to God in prayer. They also seek God’s word for you in advance of the appointment.
We are now taking signups for prayer appointments for Tuesday March 21, 2023.
To sign up for an appointment, there are TWO STEPS:
1. Let us know your TOP THREE APPOINTMENT TIME PREFERENCES, in order of priority.
We will set up the teams and send the zoom information on Monday prior to the Tuesday appointment.
2. Share a phone number so we can TEXT you with scheduling changes.
In the event that we are not able to offer you the time frames you desire, you may share a phone number with us to text you if an opening should arise when someone needs to cancel an appointment. This happens from time to time, and we are able to text you to see if you are available to join an available prayer team. All information is confidential to the ministry and is not used for solicitation. This step is optional.
You are welcome to sign up for prayer appointments at the following times listed below:
|Morning Times:||11:10 to 11:40 am|
|11:55 to 12:25 pm|
|12:40 to 1:10 pm|
|Evening Times:||7:10 to 7:40 pm|
|7:55 to 8:25 pm|
|8:40 to 9:10 pm|
It is our greatest joy to join you in prayer and pray for whatever you want to bring before God.
We pray, believing, knowing, and confident that God answers prayer.
If you don’t need prayer right now, you are welcome to forward this to others you know that might want people to pray with them.
***We love to hear how God has answered prayer. Please share what God has done in your life as a result of prayer. You can reply to this email, or share it in your appointment, or write a comment on our web site.
The spiritual winds are blowing strength, life, and peace into us,
Stephanie Shoquist, Donna Maranon, Jim Clow
Directors, Silicon Valley Healing Rooms Team
Future Open Hours Online. March 21, 2023 & April 4, 2023
For more information about Silicon Valley Healing Rooms, visit www.SiliconValleyHealingRooms.com