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Can God Cure Cancer? YES…Give Him A Chance!


 

“Don’t you know God can cure cancer just like a toothache?” (Venerable Solanus Casey, to a woman who believed she had cancer)

Do you believe God can cure cancer? While most of us would probably answer in the affirmative, our minds may change if we or a loved one is diagnosed with the dreaded disease. The developing situation with Angela Faddis has caused me to think about just how often we doubt the Lord’s power, buying into the false belief that some problems are too big for God to handle. Having this mindset will often cause us to not pray about a situation, thinking that there is no hope. If we open up the Bible, however, we’ll see that Jesus says otherwise:

“Ask and it will be given you; seek, and you will find; knock and it will be opened to you.” (Matthew 7:7)

The Lord’s statement couldn’t be any clearer – if we ask we will receive. Note that there is no disclaimer that cancer or “impossible” situations are not included. He simply tells us to ask and it will be given to us. Out of all the people who approached Jesus for healing in the Bible, NEVER once was anyone turned away. They always received the healing they needed. While there is no guarantee that we’ll always receive a physical healing, we can rest assured that our prayers will be answered in the best possible way (Matthew 7:9-11). We will receive EXACTLY what we need!

When faced with an “impossible” situation, we sometimes give up and think “what’s the use?”…BIG MISTAKE! In 1997, my wife was pregnant with our twins (Mary and Elizabeth) and we were told many times that they would not be born alive. My faith was pretty lukewarm at the time and I remember wrestling with the question of whether or not God could cure them. In spite of the grim prognosis, I wanted to believe that “with God all things are possible” (Luke 1:37). Desperate to help my children, I asked the Lord to increase my faith so that I’d believe that He COULD heal the girls. Amazingly, I began to believe that it was possible. At that point, I began to act. I started to pray, contacted a local newspaper reporter (asking for prayers), spread the word at church, and reached out to anyone and everyone. My wife even called a local Catholic radio show and asked for prayers. Although I didn’t know whether or not God would physically heal the girls, I did believe that He COULD heal them. This was a huge step for me, one which brought me much comfort and strengthened my relationship with the Lord. As the word spread and more people continued to pray, the situation began to improve. The days passed and the girls remained alive, defying the odds. Today, Mary and Elizabeth are healthy 14 year old girls. What would have happened if I didn’t bother to pray (or ask others for prayers), thinking that their condition was hopeless? I don’t even want to think about it!

No matter how hopeless a situation looks, ALWAYS pray about it! If you don’t ask, you may not receive! God’s power is greater than any problem we could encounter. While we can never be sure of exactly how He will respond, we can take comfort that He will answer in the way that’s best for us. If you’re having difficulty believing that the Lord can work miracles in your life, borrow the prayer of the father of the boy with a mute spirit…

“I believe; help my unbelief!” (Mark 9:24)

28 Comments

  1. Carl Eppig says:

    The answer to your lead question is an emphatic yes. Not only can he cure it, he can arrange to have it found in time. At the end of October 2007 I went in for a routine colonoscopy. The doctor was very thorough and asked if I minded if he also checked things from the top while I was under. He found a stage one esophageal tumor at the top of my esophagus. It was a complete surprise. It took two months to decide on treatment since it was located at what one doctor called Time Square and 42d. Surgery was ruled out because of the location. So in January 2008 I started a treatment of chemotherapy and radiation. Then people started praying; not only the prayer warriors in our parish but as a Secular Franciscan I got plugged into the world wide Franciscan net. I had monks in Italy and nuns in the Philippines praying, and I’m sure many more than I even knew about. In May 2008, sixty days after completing treatment they went in to take another look. The most optimistic hope the medics had was that they would find a shriveled up grape that they could puck out. The found nothing! I’ve been cancer free ever since.

  2. Deacon Bill says:

    I too believe in prayer. Recently our 38 year old son, father of 2 beautiful children, was diagnosed with lung cancer. My wife and I have been praying fervently ever since. Many in my parish, many of our friends, and the other deacons of my diocese along with many priests and religious are also keeping our son in their prayers.

    He has begun treatment and we are confident that through the many prayers being offered on his behalf God will cure him.

    In Christ is our hope.

  3. LR says:

    I’m jumping into this, too, with my story of having been completely healed of cancer three separate times. Stage one breast cancer, stage one lung cancer, and most recently stage four lung cancer (not a recurrence, a new one.)

  4. LR says:

    Sorry, I hit Enter and didn’t finish! To Deacon Bill, pray, pray, and then pray some more. I was given a very small chance of survival, and here I am, four years later, and cancer free. I shamelessly begged prayers of everyone I knew, and even lots of people I don’t know. Through a friend who is an evangelical Protestant, I was included in many prayer chains around the US. God is our Father and our Protector, and I am convinced wants dearly to help us whenever we have a problem. He just wants to be asked.

    1. inna says:

      Dear friends!!!!!
      Please pray for my mother Marina, who is suffering from last stage ovarian cancer. She feels very bad now, but I believe that she will be totally healed with the power of God. It is really impossible for me to see how she is suffering. ..please pray for our faith too

  5. Deacon Bill says:

    LR,
    Thank you for your reply and ecouragement. And thank God for your healing. Your story gives us hope.

  6. Kathy says:

    What an insult to those of us who have prayed for healing of cancer in a loved one and believed God could cure it only to have that loved one die. I truly believe that God can cure cancer. The fact that he didn’t cure my sister of cancer in your opinion means that I didn’t have enough faith or that I didn’t really believe He could do it. I am terribly offended by this. In other words, you are saying it’s my fault and the fault of those others that prayed for my sister to be cured that she wasn’t cured. I wonder if you have any idea how much that hurts me. When my sister died I accepted it was God’s will that she not be cured. Now I am left with guilt instead of acceptance.

    1. Gary Zimak says:

      Kathy – You are completely misinterpreting what I’m saying. The message is directed to those who don’t believe that God can do the impossible (such as curing cancer). I am trying to encourage people to pray for an increased faith so that they CAN believe that He can cure cancer (and anything else). I very clearly stated that even if we choose to pray for a complete healing, we must be open to God’s Will. If the person isn’t physically healed, then we know that God had something better in mind. Never did I state (nor do I believe) that if someone you pray for isn’t physically healed, that it’s your fault. It sounds to me like you have great faith and did exactly what you should have done. Some people, on the other hand, will hear a diagnosis of terminal cancer and not even bother to pray (thinking that it’s hopeless). I just wanted to provide some hope for the hopeless. Does this make sense?

      God Bless,
      Gary

  7. Teresa says:

    Thank you for your testimonies of healings. Althought my sister died in 2000 from Leukemia, after much prayer and the best medical treatment available, I still am encouraged by the stories of healings. I need to hear of the miracles that are still happening today. It strengthens my faith and gives me the will to continue to pray. God bless you all and congratulations!!!!!!

  8. Matteo Masiello says:

    I believe that God can, that God will, but I don’t know when. This notion of mine troubles me too. He can cure a blind person, a dead person, and others afflicted with disease, but I also don’t always think God can cure blindness, raise the dead, or the diseases that afflict us. Sometimes God does, sometimes God doesn’t and faith is not an issue as not only those without faith find it and are cured. To say it’s a mystery is what i am left with, which is a more pastoral way of saying I don’t know now stop asking. One hopes that a comfortable response will ease pain and suffering. Does it? I don’t know. Do I trust God? Yes…reluctantly. I say yes in this tone because God will see that suffering may be a way to calling that person suffering back to…well, I don’t know that either. I can hope. Hope is all I have and that is a tough seed for me to tend. There is no hope for me to say that I will see my grandparents again as I don’t know if either of us will be in His presence some day. For me to be certain of this would be an affront to God’s authority, wouldn’t it? Not hope, mind you. Certainty. So, when and if God is there to wipe away our tears, is it because those we love and who expect to be there won’t be there? Or are those tears be ones of a joy so alien to us now that it will further block us from seeing His face, as did the grief of those disciples who failed to recognize Jesus after his resurrection due to that grief of losing him. It makes that passage in Revelation all the more uncomfortable to some extent for me. And also there is the question of Why so long? Why have you let so many generations of your children live and die? What are YOU waiting for God? You who are free from the constraints of time and space and desire and death like we are? I don’t doubt that God’s healed people. The doubt comes from why God doesn’t heal more who have as much faith. I mean, wouldn’t it really be an effective way of gaining new followers by giving them what they want? Jesus fed people when they were hungry. He can tell us not worry as the birds do. Well, you ever watch birds? They seem pretty anxious to me searching for food and fighting for morsels. And well, they also die of starvation. God doesn’t seem to provide for them. The same seems true for us, so, maybe then Jesus is right in a bitterly ironic way. Returning to the church recently (a shout out for Gary for being instrumental in that!) and I feel the burning in me to pray. Some Benedictines and lay contemplatives are helping me with that. What nags me is the idea of what I should be praying for. Peace? Health? Justice? Which are those presumptions on my part? God, protect my child from harm? Did a parent who lost a child NEVER pray that? What about the ones who did and well, their child was not protected? What if people we pray for to be healed aren’t cured? I can trust God but…what should I think. Really? Why didn’t you? There’s this small book I have called Hearts on Fire – Praying with Jesuits and wow this book is akindle with fire! I sense it in me, but I am also hesitant to remain humble for what I want for others when God all ready knows what’s good for them all ready. Will my prayer help or hinder? Does it always help? How might it hinder IF I AM NOT PURE! I pray and pray and pray and will pray and pray. But I don’t KNOW about the praying too.

  9. tz says:

    This does seem to overlap with the Atheist’s question, “why doesn’t God heal amputees”. I think it goes back to Bertrand Russel who noted among all the crutches and canes at healing sites there was not to be found a glass eye or artificial limb.

    Oh, I believe, and note Jesus could not do many miracles in some places.

    1. Matteo Masiello says:

      tz, thanks for your comment. So you are saying that Jesus couldn’t? God can’t, or won’t? I’m not asking the question out of disbelief. I am asking a legitimate question out of my faith and hope, not belief. There is a difference between faith and belief. I am not one for statements of beliefs and creeds as they seem to me to extinguish the spirit in me. I am more than willing to open myself to the Mystery that is God and knowing God through Jesus, but a creed for me is not the basis of my faith and hope. I try to stick by Jesus’ words and take his prayer (the Our Father) as a much clearer and more powerful statement of faith than a creed. But I do think that God wants us to ask questions and long for answers, which is why I ask. I know that He’s behind the door knocking and I will answer. He is also expecting me to know, so he could answer.

      1. Gary Zimak says:

        As usual, you raise some good questions, Matteo! In an effort to respond to you and other folks, I’ve written a follow up post on why God sometimes says “no”. Let me know what you think! http://www.followingthetruth.com/why-god-sometimes-says-no/

        God Bless,
        Gary

  10. Mary Grace Westman says:

    Hi, please keep praying and BELIEVE! I had breast cancer, God healed me. Then I got stage 3 colon cancer and again, God healed me! I believe in the power of prayer, and the goodness of the angels God sent to minister to me during a tough time. I am now cancer free for 2+ years!

    1. Matteo Masiello says:

      Mary Grace, that is a miracle. What about the “x” number of others who had similar conditions, prayed as you did and weren’t cured? Why can Jesus cure a blind man, but not blindness? This question I have to ask and I don’t have an answer.

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  12. Michael Walsh says:

    I have been diagnosed with stage 4 prostate cancer (a rare ductal variiety) which has metastasized to a rib and have started hormone therapy which has unpleasant side effects and is said to be Incurable

    I am looking for prayers for the cancer to stop and go into remission and surprise the doctors by turning to Jesus in the face of medical inadequacy and lack of hope

    Thank you for your prayers

    This is the first serious medical situation in an otherwise healthy life and is scary

    1. Gary Zimak says:

      You’ll be in my prayers, my brother. I’ll also let my readers and listeners know about the situation. Be assured that you will have many people praying for you! Hang in there and please keep in touch.

      God Bless,
      Gary

  13. Paul says:

    My mother has a stage4 cancer. we still don’t know what is the primary cause, but what we are certain is that Jesus is our greatest Healer. My heart multiplies its grief when I see her in pain, but I will never lose hope. In He alone I will trust. Your prayer is very much appreciated.
    God bless us.

  14. Margaret says:

    Our prayer should be that God helps us cope with cancer…that Christ is our model and we feel confident that our suffering is all in God’s name for the greater good.

  15. Cindy Allen says:

    Please pray for my dad James Wiiliamson who was recently diagnosed with lung cancer. I know that God can heal, please stand in agreement with me that God will heal him and give him a testimony that will bring the lost to him and use him to glorify him. God Bless!
    Cindy Allen

  16. Susan says:

    My sister has Stage IV non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Fortunately, the Tarceva drug extended her life for 2 years. But now that the Tarceva has lost its effectiveness, her health is deteriorating. I think I’m the only one who’s praying for her to be completely healed from cancer (from head to toe!). Would you please say a prayer, too? Thank you, and God bless you. Susan

  17. Nkm says:

    I ask for prayers and positive energy for my mother who has two young children and has been diagnosed with liver cancer. Please spread the world to your churches and friends to help heal Sylvia. She has been a fighter and has won her battle to breast cancer and now was dealt this difficult challenge. My mother is a very strong woman and I believe with hope and prayer my mom can beat this cancer as well. Lets all pray for those suffering from cancer. Please keep Sylvia in your prayers. I need my mom in my life! Thank you all in advanced

  18. Nkm says:

    I ask for prayers and positive energy for my mother who has two young children and has been diagnosed with liver cancer. Please spread the world to your churches and friends to help heal Sylvia. She has been a fighter and has won her battle to breast cancer and now was dealt this difficult challenge. My mother is a very strong woman and I believe with hope and prayer my mom can beat this cancer as well. Lets all pray for those suffering from cancer. Please keep Sylvia in your prayers. I need my mom in my life! Thank you all in advanced
    Nicole

  19. Dave says:

    I have been suffering from aches and soreness from my mouth down to my stomach for months now without relief. Doctors have experimented with medication without success. I need divine help.
    Please pray for me.

    Dave

  20. jovin gabagambi says:

    The only thing to fear is fear it self. If God rose people from death can not cure someone from cancer? To God nothing is imppossible the only thing to do is to keep faith in him and going praying

  21. Leah says:

    I am praying for all of you. It is NOT GODs will for his children to be sick. Please pray for my husband Gerry. God already spoke to me he was healed before he was even diagnosed. I am standing on that promise. We are proclaiming by faith my husband Gerry is healed in Jesus precious name his word says you have not because you ask not. I pray Jesus for all these people suffering with this affliction that you will heal them. I ask you the Son Jesus who will go to the Father God and it will bring glory to your precious name and thank you that it is done already. May many people come to you Christ through these miracles that I believe you still are performing today and all it takes is a mustard seed of faith. Glory be to God.

  22. KathyJean says:

    Thank you for your article. I believe and I do have strong faith. Sometimes it feels that we walk alone… Our beautiful best friends infant who was only 4 weeks old was diagnosed with a rare cancerous tumor. We are all faithful Catholics and we all believe. We have thousands of people praying for Baby Cecilia but the harder we prayer the worse she seems to get. She is so tiny and frail. How are you born with this? So hard to understand. It is as if we are in a battle with evil. Please, please pray for baby Cecilia. Thank you and God bless you.

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