Posted by: Taylor | April 9, 2014

Great News! Praises!

Bethany has no cancer in her bone marrow!!!

I just finished talking with Bethany’s oncologist, and she said that Bethany’s bone marrow is completely clear of any cancer.  This is very exciting and awesome news!

The pet scan had shown some possible cancer in the marrow.  The pet scan results along with her platelet, hemoglobin, and white blood cell counts being down painted a picture of the cancer being in the marrow too.  This clear biopsy rules that out and leads us to believe that the CMV is the real cause of Bethany’s low blood counts.

So, your new prayer matching orders are:

  1. Praise God that the cancer is not in Bethany’s bone marrow!
  2. Praise God that Bethany’s fever has come down!  Bethany is still likely to run fevers over the next week or so.
  3. Please continue to pray that Bethany’s body will fight off any infections on its own.
  4. Pray that God will eliminate the CMV virus from Bethany’s body.  The CMV is allowing the EBV to run rampant.  By eliminating the CMV, this should help us to cut some of the EBV’s fuel source (these are my metaphors, not the doctors).  The EBV is the source of the PTLD (Post Transplant Lymphoproliferative Disease).
  5. Pray that God will eliminate all cancer from Bethany’s body.  The pet scan did reveal many areas of concern besides the GI track.
  6. Pray that God will allow Bethany to tolerate the chemotherapy.
  7. Pray for Bethany to feel better.  Bethany feels awful right now.  Her head, back, and stomach all hurt.  Overall, she just does not feel good.
  8. Finally, pray believing that God HAS healed Bethany.  Scripture teaches that if we ask believing, then we already have what we have asked for.  God has already accomplished all things on our behalf.  Now it is a simple matter of faith.  Do we really believe God or not?

Also, when you pray, please do not pray “if it be your will” in a similar fashion to Jesus’ prayer in the garden.  I’ve thought hard about Jesus’ prayer in the garden.  His prayer was a very specific situation.  He knew that it was God’s will for Him to die on the cross, and yet He prayed for God to remove “this cup” from Him.

Jesus’ prayer for the removal of the cup was not God’s will.  This prayer was to demonstrate two things:  Jesus’ total submission of His will to the Father’s, and Jesus’ own humanity in the face of the enormous burden of the cross and His subsequent separation from the Father.  Jesus knew His death on the cross was God’s will, and therefore, when He spoke the words “not my will, but yours, be done” this was not spoken by Jesus to teach us how we should pray for God’s will to be done in a situation in which God’s will is unknown to us.

I have often heard people pray in this way as they prayed for the sick or dying.  I do not believe this is biblical.  When we pray “not my will, but yours be done” or “if it be your will,” many would believe that we are submitting our will to that of the Lord’s.  But, since in the matter of praying for the sick we truly don’t know the Lord’s will, we are mostly showing our lack of belief that God can or will heal.

Most of us pray this way not out of submission to God’s will (since we can’t know His will in these circumstances), but instead to hedge our bets in case the sick person does not get well.  If recovery doesn’t happen, then it’s not because we lacked faith or that God was unable to heal.  Instead, we just chalk it up to God’s will.

Think about it.  Is there another New Testament example of anyone praying in this same fashion?  Praying “not my will, but yours be done” can only be appropriately applied to a situation in which we unquestionably know what God’s will is and we are praying contrary to that known will.  Since none of us can know absolutely God’s will in regard to the healing and recovery of a sick person, then we should never pray “if it be your will” or “not my will, but yours be done.”  This only demonstrates our unbelief and fear that God can’t do that which we are asking Him.

Jesus said,

12 “Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father. 13 Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it. – John 14:12-14

The keys to understand what Jesus says here revolves around believing, asking in Jesus’ name, and asking.  Further, the purpose for Jesus answering these requests is so that “the Father may be glorified in the Son.”  So, when you pray, pray believing with great faith and hope.  Remember, God is faithful even when we are faithless.

Thanks again for all your prayers and encouragement.  Excuse the long excerpt about prayer.  I am probably mostly speaking to myself first.  God is so good, and He is so much more able than we believe Him to be.

In His grace,
Taylor, Angela, Bethany, and Jonathan


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