After four grueling months of chemotherapy treatment, evangelist Anne Graham Lotz is convinced that God has healed her from cancer. Lotz, 70, was diagnosed with breast cancer in September, and has been posting regular updates on her condition. Writing on her blog earlier this week, the author and speaker explained that she was praying with her daughters when the Lord revealed something to her about her illness.
“While praying with my two daughters following my fifth chemo treatment, God seemed to indicate He had healed me,” Lotz wrote. He “cleansed me,” she said, “removed cancer from me.”
Lotz, daughter of the late evangelist Billy Graham, noted that the results from her latest bloodwork were “all remarkably good,” adding that, as a result, she began to question whether or not to continue on with her final round of chemo.
“The weakness and weariness have been debilitating,” she revealed. “The side-effects have been daunting. I did not want to continue treatments if they were unnecessary.”
Lotz wondered if it made sense for her to keep putting herself through such a ghastly experience if she had already been healed by Almighty God. That’s when her daughter, Rachel-Ruth, brought a Biblical story to her, which shed some much-needed light on the situation at hand.
“One morning I decided to pray specifically, asking God to confirm from His Word whether or not I was to continue chemo treatments if I was already healed. Two hours later, my daughter, Rachel-Ruth, came to sit with me. She shared some of her insights from 2 Kings 5 that she was to teach her Bible class that week. She related the story of the Syrian general, Naaman, who had leprosy. A little Israelite slave girl told Naaman about Elisha, a man of God, who could heal him. When Naaman sought Elisha, he was told, ‘Go, wash yourself seven times in the Jordan…and you will be cleansed.’ (2 Kings 5:10) Naaman resisted, saying that Syria had better rivers than the Jordan.
He did not want to submit himself to the ‘side effects’ of muck and mud. But at his servant’s urging, Naaman did dip in the Jordan. When he came up the seventh time, he was healed! The seventh time! And I could hear the clear whisper of the Spirit, answering my prayer, confirming that I was to continue chemo…my next and last full treatment would be my seventh time! So as much as I resist the ‘muck and mud,’ in obedience to God’s leading to complete the seventh infusion on February 14, I am committed to seeing these treatments through to the end.”
A remarkable show of wisdom and a spirit-filled reading of the Scriptures amid deeply testing circumstances. Please continue to pray for Anne Graham Lotz and her family as she prepares for this final round of treatment.