When Grant, a Dallas firefighter, came to be prayed for, he had been given zero chance of survival from one hospital and 1% chance of survival from another. He had already had esophageal cancer and had his esophagus removed. Cancer now was in his lungs and liver. He was anxious and downcast, having been told he had weeks left to live. He said, “I’m going to die a horrible death for sure.” We began praying for him every day. He improved so much, his doctor told him he might be able to go off chemo at some time. That did not happen.
For almost two years, Grant worked every shift as a Dallas fireman. He also worked out at the gym. He drove 36 miles a day, each way to our office, when he was not working to come in and receive prayer. His attitude was amazing. He was tall with a great smile. At almost two years, the cancer went wild. Grant died peacefully with his wife, Michelle, and family, around him.
Healing came to Grant in more ways than physical. He received hope and his fear and anxiety disappeared. He became confident that if he died, he would be in heaven with Jesus who died on a cross for his sins. And he lived until he died. He lived two years longer than anyone expected. He got to see his two grandchildren born. He took trips to Denver to see his parents. He vacationed with his wife and gave his testimony before 110 people in Phoenix, Arizona. Two years of life gave him time to live and glorify God!
We thank God for Grant and the way God took care of him and finally cured him in heaven. But he was not physically healed on this earth. So, the question arises, “What do you do when healing doesn’t come?”
It’s a good question.
Anyone who prays for people will admit they struggle with why some are healed and others are not. Praying for healing means you will see some healed. You will also see many not healed and wonder why they were not healed. It is the cross of healing that not everyone we pray for gets physically healed. So, what do we think and do when physical healing doesn’t come to people like Grant or someone special to us?
First, if you are praying, beware of projecting your powerlessness on the person receiving prayer. We often speak Law rather than the Gospel when we don’t understand why healing doesn’t come. The Law is what God demands, it is what we do or not do. Job’s friends suggested the reason his troubles came was because he sinned. Eliphaz says to Job, “Who, being innocent has ever perished?” (Job 4.7). Bildad, another friend seemed to believe Job’s troubles were because he was a hypocrite, “Such is the destiny of all who forget God; so, perishes the hope of the godless.” (Job 8.13) In a similar manner, we may inadvertently blame people for their lack of healing. Here are some statements that have been heard being spoken to someone who was experiencing sickness or tragedy in their life as an explanation of why healing has not happened:
• Perhaps you haven’t forgiven someone.
• Maybe God wants to teach you something.
• Have you confessed your sins?
• Maybe someone in your family sinned and you have a curse on you.
• Why are you holding on to your disease?
• You just need to believe more.
It is possible some of these statements may be true and need to be explored at some time. Some statements may or may not be helpful and may become the voice of the accuser, the devil, placing responsibility for not getting healed on the person being prayed for. When Jesus’ disciples were confronted with their inability to drive out a demon from a boy, “I begged your disciples to drive it out, but they could not.” (Luke 9:40), Jesus didn’t project powerlessness on the boy. He cast out the spirit and explained the problem was in the disciples, “Because you have so little faith.” (Matthew 17.20) Mark adds to this story quoting Jesus as saying, “This kind can come out only by prayer.” (Mark 9.29) The powerlessness to cast out this evil spirit had to do with the one praying, NOT the one receiving prayer! We who pray for people may want to look inward before we look outward.
Secondly, we who pray are aware we have shortcomings. However, we look to our God, not ourselves when praying for healing for people. And we are thankful that even with our many shortcomings,God uses us to pray for others. Isn’t that like our gracious God? The Gospel (what God does, not us) tells us God uses ordinary people to do extraordinary things.
Moses had a speech problem and God gave him Aaron to speak and help deliver the Israelites from slavery. The Bible tells us Moses was unsure of his speaking ability and said to the Lord, “Since I speak with faltering lips, why would Pharaoh listen to me?” … the Lord said, “…your brother Aaron is to tell Pharaoh to let the Israelites go out of his country.” (Exodus 6.30-7.2) Gideon was timid and said, “Please Lord how can I save Israel? My clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my family.” (Judges 6.15) God, however, used Gideon and 300 men to route an army of 120,000. Gideon didn’t see how God could use a weakling like him. But God turned Gideon into a mighty warrior. David was a young boy whom God used to kill a giant. “So, David triumphed over the Philistine with a sling and a stone; without a sword in his hand he struck down the Philistine and killed him.” (1 Samuel 17.50) When the Israelite army was afraid and said Goliath is too big to hit, David said, Goliath is too big to miss.
Peter was a fisherman who was constantly putting his foot in his mouth. The only time he took it out was to insert the other one. Yet God made him one of the greatest preachers of all times. On Pentecost, he preached and “…about three thousand were added to their number that day.” (Acts 2.41) God used each of these men and their weaknesses to accomplish something great by His power and His glory.
God will use you and all your weaknesses to glorify Him. “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” (2 Corinthians 12.9) And never forget, God is the one who heals, not you. One of God’s names is Jehovah Rapha “I am the Lord who heals you.” (Exodus 15.26)
When healing doesn’t come, it is often a mystery. The cross we bear is that we live with this mystery. But God is the healer not you. You don’t get the glory or the responsibility for healing. Allow me to further explain this: We all know God converts people, not us! The Bible says, “Therefore, I tell you that no one who is speaking by the Spirit of God says Jesus be cursed and no one can say, “Jesus is Lord” except by the Holy Spirit” (1 Corinthians 12.3) The Holy Spirit is the only one who creates faith – not us!
While God still uses us to witness – He does the winning. Once again, the Holy Spirit creates faith in a person, not us. If people reject Christ, you are not responsible. You are responsible to witness. God does the winning. In a similar manner, you are to pray and God does the healing. He receives all glory. “Not to us, O Lord, not to us but to your holy name be the glory, because of your love and faithfulness.”(Psalm 115.1) When healing doesn’t come, you may be sad, but you don’t have to blame yourself. God is the healer, not you! It is very difficult to understand why some people are not healed when we pray. But, it is one of the secret things of God (Deut. 29.29)
An eighty-six-year-old woman had breast cancer. It was so bad you could smell the rotting flesh. We prayed fervently for her, but she died. She professed Christ as her Savior and went to heaven. We fasted, prayed, did everything we could, but she was not healed on this earth, but in heaven. We grieved, but not as those “…who have no hope.” (1 Thessalonians 4.13) And we did not blame ourselves. You and I are called to pray for people but only God does the healing! If you don’t receive the credit for healing, be careful in blaming yourself for someone not being healed.
Thirdly, don’t give up. If healing doesn’t come, continue to pray fervently for people. Despite the mystery of healing, more people are healed when we pray for them than when we do not. Press into the throne of God in prayer. He is a good Father who loves you and the people you are praying for. Jesus said “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” (Matthew 7.7) In the original Greek language the verb tense of this verse is continuous action and means to keep on asking, keep on seeking, keep on knocking.
Fourthly, remember healing is not just about physical healing. It includes mental and spiritual. Healing is about wholeness in Christ. Many receive a peace in their suffering. Others receive comfort and hope. Some have received salvation.
Finally, if people do die, stand beside the family. Continue to lift the family up. And when the burial time comes, encourage and bring comfort from God’s Word. Help the family celebrate and heal as they journey through grief. Celebrate the time they had with their loved one. Grant’s family said “We had two years more than anyone expected. It was a blessing from God.” Never forget the greatest healing anyone can have is their salvation won on the cross by Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior! Believers in Christ are alive and live with Him forever. “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die.” (John 11:25-26)
Whenever a person has a serious ailment, it is appropriate to ask about their relationship with Jesus. Sue, who came in for prayer, stated “The only thing I know about God is from the movies Ben Hurand The Ten Commandments.” She was ecstatic when she learned salvation is free because of what Jesus did on the cross. She came into a saving faith as the Holy Spirit led her to receive Jesus as her Savior. She finally realized she was saved by grace through faith in Jesus. She ran to the other teams that were praying and joyfully shared she was saved! She was spiritually healed, which led to breaking of shame, guilt, and condemnation when she realized God was for her, not against her.
Throughout it all, we all have the privilege of sharing Jesus as our hope and joy. He is our salvation, our Savior, our Confidant, our pearl of great price, our Life. He is all we ever need and He is for us, not against us. He is our greatest healing and healer. All that He has for us comes through the cross. He paid for our sins and opened God’s blessings to us. When healing doesn’t come, it is a mystery. But, even then, Jesus always comes to His people when we pray – bringing comfort, strength, peace, and more. So…. “pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5.17) even when healing doesn’t come. Our God loves you.
Prayer Ministry “The Mystery of Healing – When Healing Doesn’t Come”
To use the words of a famous singer, “It was a very good
year!” Bill Dasch Ministries officially began to pray and
teach others to pray for healing, September 2015 – one
year ago! ...
Bill Dasch Ministries traveled to California and Tijuana, Mexico July 30- August 1, 2016 to pray and teach others to pray for healing. Rev. Dr. Bill Dasch and Don Gardner taught and prayed at three locations.
Friday night, a workshop teaching people to pray was held at Peace Lutheran Church in San Diego. Located in a changing neighborhood, the church just received a new pastor, Regal Gonzales. We were honored to meet him and hear his vision of what he was praying God would do. We taught and prayed for about 17 people.
The next day, we did a workshop and prayed for people at Concordia Lutheran Church, Chula Vista. The pastor is Richard Schmidt who is leading a dynamic, growing church. Thirty-seven people attended.
The Holy Spirit showed up in an amazing way that day and the next day after each worship service. Many people were healed by God. Here are some of the healings:
- A lady with bad painful knees and a swollen back was healed.
- Two ladies with back pain and bad knees were healed and ran around the inside of the church
- One lady who could hardly bend over, was healed and bent over and touched her toes for the first time in 20 years!
- Another lady with a torn rotator cuff could hardly raise her arm was healed and raised her arm above her head praising Jesus.
- Two people with eye problems regained distant vision and without glasses read off a sign 40 feet away.
Many others came up and received healing. It was an amazing Saturday and Sunday!
The movement of the Holy Spirit continued to be strong on Sunday as we drove to Tijuana, Mexico and taught and prayed for healing. Mexican pastors, lay workers and lay people met us at a church in Tijuana.
The Holy Spirit moved might on Don Gardener. As he prayed for people, they would start shaking, couldn’t move or speak.
I believe 90% of those who got prayed for by our ministry received some type of healing – shoulders, backs, legs, hips, and necks. It was a life changing experience for us and the participants.
Our thanks the LLC Sunshine Zone for providing a grant for these workshops. A deep thanks to all the fine people we met who welcomed us. Most of all our heartfelt thanks to Melissa Salomon who initiated and developed the opportunity for these workshops. Melissa also housed Don and myself (Pastor Bill) at her home. Melissa also works at Concordia Lutheran in Chula Vista and formerly headed up the Lutheran House Ministry in Mexico. In her spare time she helps the mission in Tijuana. Thank you Melissa!
Bill Dasch Ministries is a 501(c-3) non-profit ministry that prays and teaches others to pray for healing. If your church or group is interested in learning more about praying for healing, contact us on the website: www.billdasch.com or phone: 817-319-0129
It was Hallelujah Houston! on Saturday and Sunday, May 14-15. Seven of us with Bill Dasch Ministries traveled to St. Mark Lutheran, Houston, Texas to present the workshop – Reclaiming, Restoring, Releasing the Healing Ministry of Jesus. Over sixty participants were present at the workshop. The evaluations all ranked the workshop very high. Hallelujah!
The prayer team that went on this healing mission was Chuck and Susan Heather, David and Denise Miller, Don Gardener and Dr. Bill and Sheila Dasch. Chuck and Susan shared information about a “Prayer Train” and how it is foundational to a prayer ministry. David and Denise shared their experiences as prayer team members and what they had seen God do in others and them. Don Gardener shared his testimony of being healed of a brain aneurysm and how God used his healing to spur him on to being a man of prayer. Dr. Bill led the teaching sessions and Sheila met people and shared our materials with them.
The workshop ended at 2:00 p.m. but Bill Dasch Ministries stayed until 5 p.m. to pray for people from the workshop and those from the community who were unable to attend the workshop. Lives were changed as God touched people.
Our thanks to St. Mark Lutheran Church for hosting us and inviting Dr. Bill to also preach and teach on Sunday morning. Special thanks to the Sr. Pastor Tim Duerr and longtime prayer leaders, Fred and Katy Tonn. Also, thanks to Barbara and Walter Boone for hosting us as well. Just for your information, during May, Bill Dasch Ministries had an information table at the Texas District Theological Conference in Austin, May 2-3. Many people picked up material and indicated interest. We are going places! Hallelujah!!!
What’s next? God has opened doors for us in Southern California where we have received a grant to share this ministry with ten churches. We begin that series of healing workshops the end of July with a possibility of teaching in Mexico as well. Congregations can book a workshop online at our website www.billdasch.com. We are currently in conversation with other churches across the country. In the meantime please keep this one-of-a-kind ministry in your prayers.
Blessings,. Bill Dasch
The temperature was hot in Phoenix when we arrived February 17th to present “7 Days of Prayer- A Lifetime of Blessings”. Along with 2,000 other people, we attended Best Practices sponsored by Christ Church Lutheran, Phoenix. We also had a display table showcasing Bill Dasch Ministries.
What happened there was hotter than the weather! A fire was started that blazed through people’s hearts as they learned, relaxed, and networked with others of like mind. Our team was myself [Rev. Dr. Bill Dasch], Sheila Dasch, Grant and Michelle Dalton, Rev. Tim Perkins, and Jet Jones. Grant and Michelle excited people as they shared their healing testimony of being given 1% chance of survival and now learning all cancer was gone from his lungs and tumors in his liver had shrunk 70%. Pastor Tim, Jet Jones and myself prayed for everyone who stopped at our table and later after my talk on “7 Days of Prayer”. During our time at Phoenix, I was privileged to pray with our team members over 38 people, Phoenix was hot but God raised the temperature of His spirit through Bill Dasch Ministries.
For many for whom we prayed, it was the first time someone had prayed “like that” over them. One pastor said, “I pray a lot for others but no one prays for me.” Bill Dasch Ministries was your heart and hands bringing love, compassion, healing, and FIRE!
We had interest in booking workshops from San Francisco to the area around Chicago. One church in California is now working on getting us to churches around San Diego. Pray that the seeds planted will grow and produce great harvest.
Since then, it has been great to get back to Texas where God’s fire has been glowing a long time, and to pray over the many here. Who are we praying for?
People who have breast cancer, liver cancer, prostate cancer, paralysis (2), Crohn’s, a failing marriage, kidney problems, pneumonia, head problems, eye problems, high blood pressure, a broken relationship, and more.
All this is possible because of your prayers and support! God is using all of us to touch lives with healing and love in Jesus Christ! Psalm 115.1 sums it up – “Not to us, Lord, not to us but to your name be the glory, because of your love and faithfulness.”
Phoenix was hot but, God’s people are hotter! God has started a blaze that will never burn out! Pray that with your support FIRE will be carried to the ends of the earth and God will be glorified. Let the fire fall!
Rev. Dr. Bill Dasch
Love is in the air! Valentine’s Day is rapidly approaching. Walgreens has all kinds of chocolates and cards for your valentine. It is a time for romantics to shine and for those not as romantic to buy a clever card and chocolate marshmallow hearts. The world turns red in February because of love.
Two thousand years ago, blood ran red from the cross as Jesus shed his blood for lost mankind. On that cross, God showed his love for you and me and all the world. Mankind was reconciled to God not with gold or silver but Jesus’ holy precious blood. All this happened because God loves you and me!
This is a great time for God’s people to arise with love. While the world seems dark, light shines brightest in the darkness. It is not time for the church to shrink or withdraw – it is time to engage people with the gospel of God’s love in Christ. This love is not a romantic or friendship love. God’s love is “agape”, a Greek word used to describe unconditional love not based on performance but which flows from the character of the person – God to us.
After-all, God is love. (I John 4.16) It is his nature, not just one of his attributes. We Christians are then to love (agape) others the same way – not based on performance but on our character. “We love because He first loved us.” (I Jn. 4.19)
I see this in our prayer teams that pray daily over people. Chuck and Susan Heather head up Bill Dasch Ministries “Miracle Train.” They have given their hearts to many others unconditionally. They love and genuinely care for people as they pray for people daily on the miracle train. All of our prayer warriors associated with our ministry share the same love (agape) and compassion for others.
So, when you come in for prayer at Bill Dasch Ministries, you can expect to experience God’s love coming through the people praying for you. It has nothing to do with your performance or how “good” you are, It has everything to do with God’s love (agape) and His love brings healing and wholeness.
Here’s a testimony from a man who was brought in by a friend. This man had cancer and was told after prayer, surgery and remission, there was a 90% chance it would return in 2 months. Here’s what he said, “Thanks for all your prayers. I continued to pray every day and to worship God at His house and after 7 months my doctor told me today, there is no cancer. Thanks for your help putting me back on God’s path.” This man experienced the joy of healing and returning to God’s love.
The world turns red in February with love. For us the world receives love because Jesus’ blood ran red on the cross. “No greater love (agape) has any man than this – that he lay down his life for his friends.” (John 15.13). The ultimate measure of our love is our willingness to give our life for someone else. Who would you die for? And who will you live for? Only Jesus offers real love. May His love transform and empower our character so that we may love (agape) others with His love. I have to run to Walgreens now, hope the chocolate hearts and cards are still available.
Happy Valentines Day! XXXOOOXXXOOO
If you have eagerly waited for something, you know the meaning of the words, “It’s finally here!” Hopefully it was a refund from the IRS or a package you had been waiting for. For us at Bill Dasch Ministries, Inc., those words “It’s finally here” means that we have launched the healing prayer ministry God put on my heart 25 years ago.
I served as a pastor in the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod for 42 years. I loved being a pastor – preaching the gospel to hurting and lost people, administering the sacraments of baptism and Holy Communion and praying for people. In 2003, God put on my heart that I was going to move from Houston to Mansfield, Texas and then go full time into healing prayer ministry.
Well, it’s finally here! After doing healing conferences in Southern California, Arizona, Nevada, Minnesota, Texas, Louisiana and praying for people, I now am able to pray for people and teach others how to pray -FULL-TIME! I am privileged to devote all my time – 7 days a week to sharing God’s love and power with others. It is humbling to spend 6-8 hours a day with the Lord and be in prayer over serious ailments.
For example – Each day I pray for 2 men with stage 4 cancer, one in Texas and the other in California. I have recently prayed for people in person who are paralyzed, have auto-immune diseases, leukemia, chronic crohn’s, bladder cancer, M.S., A.L.S., back issues, nerve damage, sight problems, broken bones, loss of a child, Parkinson’s, spiritual attacks, sleep disorders, bone growths, fevers, diverticulitis, marital problems, and heart problems.
It’s finally here! I pray that you will check out our website and join us in praying for healing and teaching others to pray for healing. Imagine if every church in every town was a healing center. Imagine every home in every town was a home of prayer and healing. Imagine God saying, “It’s finally here.” Each month, we’ll talk about how God can and is using each of us to bring His Kingdom to the hearts and lives of His people and to the world. I pray you’ll join us in our excitement and mission – It’s finally here!
Rev. Dr. Bill Dasch