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Monday, September 16, 2013

Intercede for America’s Future Medical Community by Jim Croft


Recent reports indicate that enrollment in medical schools is substantially lower than previous years. The forecasts are that enrollment will plummet further after Obama-care goes into full swing. It is already causing a disconcerting exodus of practicing physicians.

Medical offices are shutting down due to massive complications in the filing of insurance claims and getting adequate payment to support medical businesses. Young people are dodging consideration of careers in the health industry. The time and cost of training against prospects of compensation are unattractive.

This matter should prompt Christians who are concerned for our nation’s welfare to begin praying for rectification. Within this, there is a need for those who have had anti-doctor and anti-modern medicine sentiments to repent of their unrealistic, counterproductive attitudes.

In regard to physical healing, multitudes of believers hold forth the ideal of that experienced by biblical characters and the dramatic healing accounts of the Early Church. That is well and good as long as they recognize the actual of most contemporary believers’ lives. Many fail to take into consideration how dependant we are on the skills of the medical community.

I am a strong advocate of healing from heaven. I can gratefully say that for decades I have seen positive results in my prayers for people afflicted with disease. The Lord has given me a particularly strong anointing to relieve pain. Throughout the years, there have been countless incidents where I have seen people instantly healed of headaches and skeletal, dental and internal organ pains. Many of the pains were generated by demonic powers.

Unquestionably, it is my conviction that God is the author of all healing. Within this, I acknowledge 2 facts: An uncomfortable percentage of those for whom I pray do not instantly receive miraculous healing of disease. And, an overwhelming percentage of those who found cure through my prayers also were under a doctor’s care and were taking prescribed medications. Many underwent surgical procedures to bring about healing.

Sobering Questions

I and all other proponents of faith healing could give reasonable arguments about why many are not healed by prayer alone. As we do so, inquiring minds might wonder to what extent we have realized health in our own lives without the help of the medical community.


·  How many have teeth due to modern dentistry and improved eyesight by the aid of optometrists?
·  What numbers consult doctors about onset of sickness before calling for anointing by church elders?
·  With routine headaches, colds and sleepless nights, is prayer the first response or, are pills automatically popped?
·  How many that speak suspicions about modern medicine have undergone surgery and continually take prescribed medication to stay alive?
·  What percentage of aged faith healers consume medications for what is sore, dysfunctional and even missing from their bodies?


The Bible and Physicians

Jesus implied the worth of doctors in Mat 9:12 when he said that the sick need a physician. The Apostle Paul traveled with Dr. Luke. It would be naive to assert that he and the other apostles did not consult Luke about any physical ailments.

The Apocryphal book of Sirach is found in the Catholic Bible. Its 38th chapter speaks wisdom about the worth of physicians. What it has to say about doctors in relation to ongoing health does not conflict with the Protestant Bible.

Concerning Physicians and Health 

Sirach (RSVCE) 38:1-15 "Honor the physician with the honor due him, according to your need of him, for the Lord created him;  for healing comes from the Most High, and he will receive a gift from the king.  The skill of the physician lifts up his head, and in the presence of great men he is admired. The Lord created medicines from the earth, and a sensible man will not despise them.  Was not water made sweet with a tree in order that his power might be known?  And he gave skill to men that he might be glorified in his marvelous works. By them he heals and takes away pain;  the pharmacist makes of them a compound. His works will never be finished; and from him health is upon the face of the earth.  My son, when you are sick do not be negligent, but pray to the Lord, and he will heal you.  Give up your faults and direct your hands aright, and cleanse your heart from all sin.  Offer a sweet-smelling sacrifice, and a memorial portion of fine flour, and pour oil on your offering, as much as you can afford.  And give the physician his place, for the Lord created him; let him not leave you, for there is need of him. There is a time when success lies in the hands of physicians, for they too will pray to the Lord that he should grant them success in diagnosis and in healing, for the sake of preserving life.  He who sins before his Maker, may he fall into the care of a physician."

American believers need to give a priority to praying for the availability of a sufficient number of doctors, nurses and medical research teams for our nation’s future welfare.

Jim Croft



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