Prayer and Encouragement from the Body of Christ

Taken place on 31 Dec 2011

 

My name is Joy Khoo and I belong to the small group known as Treasure in Clay Jars. I am here to share with you how much the Lord has done for me over the past year because of the prayers of my brothers and sisters in Christ.

2011 has been a very eventful year for me.  I ended the previous year 31 Dec 2010 with a biopsy done on a lump in my breast.  My small group had our annual thanksgiving on 31 Dec.  As we came to the Lord with our thanks and prayers, each one of my friends interceded for me.  God reassured us with His word in Jeremiah 17:14 that He will heal me and save me.  Separately, my ministry group in Family Life met together in prayer.  Besides praying for ministry matters, my brothers and sisters in Christ also interceded for me for the results of the biopsy.  The Lord gave a sister-in-Christ a vision of me in a journey of many, many steps.  The message is that I will be ok because the Lord will be with me in each step.  I did not know what to expect but God had assured me that He would take care of me.   This knowledge gave me peace as I waited for the biopsy results.

My biopsy results showed that the tumour in my breast was malignant.  It was indeed the beginning of a long journey with the Lord in 2011.  I thank God for 4 sisters-in-Christ who had walked the road before me.  Each one of them encouraged me greatly with how the Lord had helped them during their cancer treatment.  Looking at how they are serving the Lord after what they had gone through and how full of life they have in the spirit, really spurred me on.  They gave me advice on practical matters on how to get ready and what to do during chemotherapy.  After all they said, they entrusted me to the Lord because it was for me to walk this journey with the Lord.  I would have to go through the night with the Lord.  They lifted me up with their prayers and trusted that just as the Lord had been there for them, the Lord will be with me.

On the first day of my chemotherapy, I bumped into our church missionary at the cancer centre while waiting for my treatment.  How marvelous are God’s timing and His ways!  She was on home leave and had brought her elderly mother for her chemotherapy session.  I was introduced to her mother. Despite having gone through treatment for the day, her face was aglow with the radiance of the Lord.  She reached out to hold my hand and encouraged me that when I pray to Jesus, everything will be all right.  On that day, I met someone who is so much older but younger in the faith than me going through chemotherapy and walking in the full assurance of her faith in Jesus Christ.  The Lord enabled me to start the treatment with the same assurance as well.

During my year-long treatment of surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy, God brought me much cheer and warmth through my natural and spiritual family. When it was hard coping with the effects of chemotherapy and other infection, God would lift my spirit up because He heard the prayers of my brothers and sisters in Christ.  My family and friends expressed their love and concern for me in many ways. Often, I would receive a sms that she is thinking of me; or asking me how I am feeling; or her prayer.  A good friend from my small group became my pen pal.  She took the time to write, telling me of her days – the good, bad and funny things that happened to her.  Other friends would visit me to bring some cheer to me.  I received many surprise gifts (mainly food, fruits and books) to feed my body and my soul.  My brothers and sisters in Christ lavished me with gifts.  It was like my birthday all the time.

What really touched me is the way my friends have given of themselves to me.  They had taken time to show their love for me even though they had struggles of their own.  This makes their gift of love all the more precious.  They were faithful in prayer and often encouraged me in their own love language.  I felt the common bond of love we have as a body of Christ.  They have enabled me to endure and persevere through the difficult year. I am so grateful for each one of them.

What my brothers and sisters in Christ have done for me is very much like the account recorded in Mark 2:1-5 where 4 men carried a paralytic on the mat to Jesus for healing.  They could not get their friend to Jesus because of the crowd.  So they made an opening in the roof above Jesus, lowered the mat with the paralytic man on it.  It was the love of the men for their friend and their faith in Jesus that brought the paralytic to Jesus.  My brothers and sisters in Christ love me much and they believe that God is able to help me and heal me.  They persisted in praying for me and are faithful in loving me.

Even as I continue with the last part of my treatment, I just want to praise God and thank God for each one of them.  This is the exhortation that God has for all of us in Ephesians 6:18 -

“And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.  With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.”

 

Thank you

Joy Khoo
Treasure in Clay Jars