Time and again we’re instructed in scripture to pray for those who need physical and spiritual healing, but in modern day America, even Christians often head straight to the doctor for every ailment.
Oh doctors are important, and are definitely used to heal. But doctors are not God, and do not know the number of days each of us will live.
Jeremiah 30:17a encourages us:
For I will restore health to you
And heal you of your wounds,’ says the LORD.
Every now and then we hear a story of someone who, despite knowing the wonders of modern medicine, ultimately understands our lives and health are in the Lord’s hands.
Mary Travis, wife of country singer, Randy Travis, is one such person.
Randy Travis is an old school country singer who burst on the U.S. Billboard Country Singles Charts in 1985, and is well-known his third number one hit, “Forever and Ever Amen.” Travis bucked the trend of slick country pop, defying the odds and becoming a popular regular on country music radio. He also veered into country music’s cousin, gospel and his song, “Three Wooden Crosses” was a Hot Country Songs No. 1.
But in July 2013 Randy Travis suffered a serious virus attack of the heart and was listed in critical condition. Mary recounts:
There were so many functions of the body that were devastated by the Viral Cardiomyopathy that took his heart down to five percent. The memory was affected. The vision was affected, as well as his mobility and his appetite.
Three days later Travis suffered a massive stroke and underwent surgery to relieve pressure on the brain. His then-fiancée Mary Davis stood by her man and as he was in and out of the hospital, and in and out of a coma or semi-coma. Mary was told her intended’s chance of survival was slim, his chance of recovery less than that.
But Mary refused to give up on Randy and put her trust in God — the doctors told her to “pull the plug,” the Great Physician inspired her to pray without ceasing.
Randy’s wife was a living picture of James 5:16:
Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man [or woman] avails much.
Now, years later, wife Mary talks about what sustained her and the answers to prayer witnessed daily: (more)