Friday, February 16, 2007

Michael Harper

Hello all. For those of you who don't know about Michael Harper, please read on and I'm begging you to pray for him. He is around 21 years old and has a type of cancer that originates in both bone and soft tissue. He was diagnosed roughly a year ago (maybe longer) when he went into the doctor after finding a lump on his collar bone. Him and his family went out to Houston to have the full gamet of treatments (surgery, radiation and chemotherapy). He was doing well and the doctors thought he was cured, but it came back in multiple other parts of his body, including his skull, lungs and shoulder again. Currently he is in the hospital (I believe back here in Marietta) and he is in desperate need of intercessors. Right now there is a 36 hour prayer vigil happening in Athens, GA at the Wesley Foundation where his sister, Leigh, works as a worship intern. From what I've gathered, he had multiple blood transfusions to booster his immune system in order to be treated with chemotherapy, which he received Wednesday night (Feb. 14th). The doctors are having difficulty keeping his heart rate down, controlling his pain level and regulating his breathing. I have heard of the possibility of Michael being placed on a ventilator. However, through it all, his spirits are inspiringly good. The doctors are unsure of what more they can do medically. BUT OUR GOD IS THE GREAT PHYSICIAN, JEHOVAH RAPHA!! Please please please begin (or continue) praying for Michael and his family. Pray for God's glory and renown to be made manifest in this situation. We are asking God for healing and He promises that whatever we ask for in His name will be given to us. Lord increase our faith to believe!!

Here are some Scriptures that you can pray for Michael:

James 5:13-15
Are any among you suffering? They should keep on praying about it. And those who have reason to be thankful should continually sing praises to the Lord. Are any among you sick? They should call for the elders of the church and have them pray over them, annointing them with oil in the name of the Lord. And their prayer offered in faith will HEAL THE SICK, AND THE LORD WILL MAKE THEM WELL.

Malachi 4:2
But for you who revere my name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings. And you will go out and leap like calves released from the stall.

Psalm 103
Praise the LORD, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. Praise the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits... who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle's.

Isaiah 53
Surely He took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows...He was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our His wounds we are HEALED.

Grace and peace.

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