After almost a year of inconclusive tests, Chris finally received a diagnosis and began treatment. But without fail, he would continuously submit prayer requests to the church for continued healing and that the disease would go into full remission. One day after a Wynne Wednesday prayer gathering, someone approached Chris asking if they could pray with him in person. They led him into a room where he was met with a few ladies who had said they had been praying for Chris specifically each week. Overwhelmed, Chris realized how special this moment was. Not only was he affirmed in meeting the group battling in prayer for him, but they got to put a face to the name they had been lifting up.
They prayed with Chris, asking God to heal and restore his body completely. Chris, who had been anxious about sharing his struggles with others, was at first uncomfortable with a group of people praying for him. Chris decided to go with it, thinking that this might be a moment in his life that God wanted to teach him something. The women he was with then prayed with him for 20 minutes, boldly asking God to heal him.
Jesus says in Matthew 18:20: “Where two or three are gathered in my name, there I am among them.” This rung true in Chris’ heart that day—he felt the presence of God in that room like never before. This time of prayer turned his heart to worship the God who is present among his people. Chris was humbled to have witnessed God show himself so evidently.
Chris realized that, once again, God was teaching him an important lesson. While his physical body was healing, what God really wanted was Chris’s heart. Chris promised to himself that he would continue to seek out God’s will for his life, and even when it was scary, he’d pursue it. “I’ve adopted sort of a Bob Goff mentality— what’s the worst that can happen?”
Through his life story, he can tell about the God who pushes boundaries, builds up, heals, and gives purpose. Chris can’t help but boast of the transformative work of God in his life as Paul writes in 2 Corinthians 2:19, “But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” We are so excited to see God work so mightily in and through his people at HP Pres. Read the rest of Chris Davidson’s five-part story at hppres.org/blogs.