This story is similar to the woman with the issue of blood. She had suffered for twelve years and the doctors couldn’t help her although she had spent her money on them. Finally, she had sought out the only One who could. In faith, she touched the hem of His garment and was healed. Madira was suffering from an unknown sickness. The doctors could not ease her pain so she turned to witch doctors whose prescribed methods failed to work. After six years elapsed, they gave up and for years, Madira continued to suffer.
Then, one day in the midst of her pain, Madira remembered the gift her brother had given her sixteen years ago. It was a Bible. It was the last resort. She and her family had tried everything possible to end her suffering, but so far, nothing had worked.
She pulled her son aside and asked him to bring the Bible and read it to her. As he read to her from it, something miraculous happened. The pain left Madira’s body and she was able to sleep through the night. It was possible now for her to move without the struggle and discomfort. The words filled her with a peace she had never experienced before and brought healing to her tired body. This stirred within her a desire to know who Jesus was.
One day they met Seth, a Gospel for Asia supporter serving their area with whom they explained their problems to. He told them about Jesus’ love and how He was the great Healer and Restorer. He promised them that if they believe in the name of Jesus Christ, Madira would be healed. However, after years of discouragement and treatments that didn’t work, they were not hopeful. Seth encouraged them not to worry because God does the impossible for all who believe in His name.
The family decided that since there was no hope anywhere else they would go to church and learn about God’s love. There they met pastors and believers who prayed regularly for Madira. Within a few weeks, God healed her completely. He had answered their prayers.
For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, And His ears are open to their prayers – 1 Peter 3:12a
Through the fervent prayers of His people, God healed Madira. This all came about when Madira remembered the Bible which contained the living, breathing Word of God. She discovered its great value and in its pages, the God who wanted to reveal His love to her. It was able to do what the doctors and the witch doctors were unable to do–bring relief and peace from her pain.
God’s Word is powerful and it still impacts the lives of those who are in possession of it. Help Gospel for Asia to put the Word of God in the hands of more families in Asia so that like Madira and her family, their lives can be impacted too.
Sources: Gospel for Asia; Bible Gateway