On December 11, 2014, I was admitted into the emergency department with an enlarged bladder that was holding more than five liters of fluid according to an ultrasound scan. My left kidney had also suffered some damage and to top things off, the scan showed an enlarged prostate. I was also diagnosed with a urine infection that resulted in a high fever. Things weren’t looking too good and the hospital planned for me to have surgery on February 17, 2015.
On January 5, 2015, I was checked again and the doctor’s words were, “This doesn’t look good. You need to have this operation.” There were no other medical alternatives. The final prognosis was that I might be attached to a catheter for the rest of my life. I was also told that my enlarged bladder may never return to its normal size and that I may never again be able to have the sensation of wanting to pass urine. In addition, I was told that after the operation, I could suffer side effects that may affect my quality of life for the rest of my life.
In my spirit and heart, I did not accept the doctor’s words. I was convinced that God’s Word had the final authority over my life. My wife and I started confessing the promises of God and that I would not need to have this operation. We declared that “by His stripes, I am healed” and that He is the God of restoration! We also began partaking of the Holy Communion twice a day, holding on to Jesus’ finished work on the cross and declaring His goodness and grace in my situation.
On my next appointment on January 15, 2015, I was told that after using a catheter for five weeks, I would not be able to feel any normal sensation of wanting to pass urine for weeks or months. However, after consuming one-and-a-half liters of fluid, I felt a sensation to use the bathroom within an hour. The medical staff could not believe what was happening and kept saying that it was not normal. He was so lost for words when I took another two cups of water and a while later, felt another sensation! A week later, after recording every sensation I had felt, he still couldn’t believe it, nor could he explain it. But he said, “You still need the operation.”
On January 23, 2015, a nurse stood over me doing an ultrasound scan for close to fifteen minutes trying to find my bladder. When he finally found it, the images showed that my bladder had shrunk back to its normal size and was functioning normally! Yet, I was still told I needed the operation.
By February 11, 2015, the daily tests were showing one hundred percent normal bladder activity. The doctors thought the medication, which I had been taking for two weeks, was working though they had earlier said that it would be at least twelve months before there would be any change in my condition. So I told them that if the positive results were due to the medication, I wanted to see if my symptoms would return if I stopped taking it before my operation. A few weeks later, without having taken any medication, I was still getting positive results of normal bladder activity every single day! The doctors and medical staff could not believe it and they didn’t know what to say! Still, I received confirmation that I was to have surgery on February 17, 2015 and my blood and urine samples were taken for that purpose.
On the scheduled day of my operation, the doctors questioned my need for the surgery after reviewing all my test records and progress. According to the records, my prostate and bladder were back to their normal sizes and my kidneys were functioning well. So the doctors decided that there was no need for the operation! Talk about being saved at the eleventh hour! WOW! Thank You, Lord, for your healing!
I wrote to the prayer team at Joseph Prince Ministries for prayer, and I want to thank everyone who prayed for me.. For everyone who stood before the throne of God declaring on my behalf that BY HIS STRIPES I AM HEALED, thank you! I was scared stiff of everything that was happening to me and the saying “fight the good fight of faith” has never rung more true for me. But even when I was scared, I just kept holding on to God’s promises while resting in His grace. I am truly blessed to witness firsthand that NOTHING is impossible for our God! To God be all the glory!
Burt White | Australia