Praying for the healing of cancer.

The Rev. Nigel W.D.Mumford+
(Notice the word cancer is in lower case!)
Based on the FIG TREE. Mark 11:12-14,19-26
Jesus Curses a Fig Tree and Clears the Temple Courts:
The next day as they were leaving Bethany, Jesus was hungry. Seeing in the distance a fig tree in leaf, he went to find out if it had any fruit. When he reached it, he found nothing but leaves, because it was not the season for figs.
Then he said to the tree, “May no one ever eat fruit from you again.”And his disciples heard him say it.
On reaching Jerusalem, Jesus entered the temple courts and began driving out those who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves, and would not allow anyone to carry merchandise through the temple courts. And as he taught them, he said, “Is it not written: ‘My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations’ But you have made it ‘a den of robbers.’
The chief priests and the teachers of the law heard this and began looking for a way to kill him, for they feared him, because the whole crowd was amazed at his teaching.
When evening came, Jesus and his disciples went out of the city.
In the morning, as they went along, they saw the fig tree withered from the roots.
Peter remembered and said to Jesus,
“Rabbi, look! The fig tree you cursed has withered!”
“Have faith in God,” Jesus answered. “Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.”
(by The Reverend Nigel W.D. Mumford+)
“cancer is a word, not a sentence.” ~Fiona Castle
(Notice the word cancer is in lower case!)
I have been praying into and over this bible passage for a long time in regard to praying as “accurately” as possible for the healing of cancer. I have been applying the idea in my prayers for those with the dis-ease.
Jesus, it seems, is having a “different” day as He and the lads left Bethany, on foot, on the way to Jersulam. First of all he is hungry. He looks at a fig tree covered in leaves but under close inspection finds no fruit. To add to this story, the fig tree is not even in season for fruit! What does Jesus do, well, he curses the fig tree!
Reading on, we find the fascinating story of Jesus getting very upset with the money changers and those selling doves for sacrifice. John 2:15 writes, “Jesus made a whip from some ropes and chased them all out of the Temple.” He had quite some time to think about what He was going to do. After making the whip, he emptied the coins onto the floor and then turned the tables over.
“My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations, but you have made it a den of robbers.”
Jesus is displaying an outburst of passion in “His teaching” as the narrative suggests. He was making it abundantly clear that this is the house of the Lord, a house of prayer, not a market place to rip people off.
“The chief priests and the teachers of the law heard this and began looking for a way to kill him, for they feared him, because the whole crowd was amazed at his teaching.”
Thus began the plot to eventually bring the Lord to Good Friday.
That evening they left the city and in the morning, retracing their steps,
Peter found the fig tree, withered from the roots.
The fig tree was out of season
There was NO fruit.
Jesus had cursed the fig tree.
The fig tree was now dead.
When it comes to cancer:
cancer (small c) is NEVER in season.
There is NO fruit in cancer.
Jesus cursed the fig tree.
Can we curse cancer in the same fashion?
Can we proclaim the same passion of Christ, over this dis-ease?
Can we therefore pray so passionately and indeed so compassionately into the molecular structure, the target, the very core of the growth and into any metastases, if present?
YES, of course we can in the pure and Holy name of Jesus Christ, with the power of his Cross and blood.
In prayer we need to overturn the tables of cancer, we need to curse the cancer like the fig tree, with NO fruit.
There was NO fruit on the fig tree.
There is NO fruit in cancer.
Could this be a “biblical baseline” in how we might pray into such a malady?
Please understand, I am in no way saying to make a rope whip, I am not saying scream at the cancer. I am not saying get loud and excited in your prayer so you frighten the patient. I am suggesting a biblical way of commanding the cancer to be gone. Without extrovert demonstration and over zealous voice and posture. Loving the patient, but cursing the cancer.
May I suggest a “quiet confidence” and “Holy boldness” in your prayer as you address “the cancer” in the same fashion as Christ addressed “the fig tree.”
(by The Reverend Nigel W.D. Mumford+)
(Spoken quietly, confidently and with boldness)
Lord Jesus Christ, you wanted food from the fig tree.
No fruit was present.
The fig tree was out of season, so you cursed it!
The next day the fig tree was dead.
Jesus help me/us to pray in the same fashion into the very core of this cancer.
Dear Jesus, help me/us to pray in such a faithful way as to believe, by faith, that you are the healer, let me/us “take on to believe” without doubt, and stand on your word.
I speak to you cancer directly in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth.
cancer, there is NO fruit in this disease. I command you in Jesus name, to die
the same way that the fig tree died, never to sprout again. cancer be gone, you have NO power here. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, I command every single cancer cell and all the blood supply to close. In the Name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth
I command you cancer to wither, shrivel and die.
cancer cease to exist, you are not welcome in this body.
In Jesus name I command this mountain of cancer to throw yourself into the sea.
I boldly curse this cancer in the Holy Name of God the Father,Jesus Christ of Nazareth, and in the power of the Holy Spirit.
Amen and Amen.
A gentle reminder:
Never own the cancer.
Never say,
“My cancer”
instead say,
“The cancer…”
I am praying for you, the person who prays this prayer and for the person with cancer.
I take on to believe for your healing, and indeed cure of cancer.
Amen and Amen.
God bless you.
The Reverend Nigel W.D. Mumford+

7 thoughts on “Praying for the healing of cancer.

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    Chris Cochrane says:

    I can picture you praying this against cancer at Christ the King, Fr. Nigel. How we miss you there, but you were in a better place this winter! It was a real severe one. Be well and continue your good work in Jesus’s name. Fondly, Chris Cochrane

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    Dear Nigel, Do you have prayers for Parkinson’s? My husband, Bob, has been told he might have the early signs of Parkinson’s. He’ll have his definitive test on May 7. In the meantime, he’s having the difficult time of living with ambivalence. Would you please pray for him? We’ll be going to CHM Ignite and look forward to being healed then if not before. Thank you, Maggy
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    Merlena Cushing says:

    So very true, Nigel+. Great post! I’ve known for years the connection to cursing the fig tree because it had put out leaves which is a sign there should be fruit on it as well. It makes all the difference in the world how you view this event. Appreciate your “tie in” to overturning the tables in the temple. AND finally, if we can help people to avoid saying my cancer (or whatever malady), ISTM they are able to go the next step and “curse” it. Your Sister In Christ, Merlena Cushing

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    Grace Ann Wilson says:

    Thanks so much for this, Father Nigel. There is so much cancer in this area…..much of it as a result of when the papermill was operating for all of those years as well as 2 foundries, one of which was closed when the yanks came down, lied about their plans and destroyed our jobs. GE is trying to do it to Lufkin Industries now….needing lots of prayer on that as well. My past two Saturdays have been spent attending the memorial service of a dear friend from childhood who grew up on the same st. from 5th gr. on and then 2 others this past Sat.. All 3 died as a result of cancer. My friend Bob was almost 65 and died of pancreatic cancer, Ora Nell Jones was 83 and died from cancer that had started with breast cancer, and then Buddy Temple at 73, who had stomach cancer and his wife as kidney cancer. Buddy and his wife Ellen Clark Temple were/are members at St. Cyprian’s. Oh, and on Tuesday evening I took a friend to the visitation for Dr. Joe Dufner, minster of a small Baptist Church near here who had battled lymphoma for about 3 years….guess that is the correct term… the lymphatic system. Another cause of quite a bit of cancer here is from the high number of persons in the area who served in Vietnam and other military areas with Agent Orange and other carcinogens which the govt. purposely concealed. One reason Congressman Charlie Wilson of our district (Yes, the one about whom the movie was made….Charlie Wilson’s War No relation but my Uncle Charlie used to get some of his phone calls from the ladies by mistake back in the 1960’s or so! He was sort of known for his playboy ways earlier in his career but finally straightened out. Regardless of this, he served his country in the Navy and definitely served our district in a great way…really loved his folks here and stayed in touch. If he was in, you just showed up to his office and his door was always open to you. I went a number of times. He also helped to with any issue……never too small if you needed his help. ) He supported things in congress regardless of the party to came up with the idea if he truly believed it was best for our nation. Not so much of that these days. He would have been a great president had things been different but I think he preferred what he did. He is buried at Arlington. I attended the memorial service here and Father Art Callaham led the service. Now I can’t recall Father Art’s official title at the Cathedral where the Bishop took him from us to Christ Church Cathedral in Houston but I think it is Canon Vicar……) I am going to pass this info on to various folks I know who have cancer or who pray for those who do. Stewart leaves for Spotsylvania, VA, sometime tomorrow. I think he likes to get an early start. I called earlier but missed him. Wanted to pray with him as he starts his journey. Also prayer on something else here…..there are at least 2 ISIS type compounds within 35 miles or so of us….one about 10 to 15 miles and the other the farthest at about 35. There are 186 Moslems from Somalia and 208 from Burma are now working at Pilgrim’s Pride (group of chicken processing plants round the country bought out a year or 2 ago to some group from S. America. Something is very strange going on in this situation and we can sense it. All of these Wal-Mart “closings for plumbing issues” is very strange and we have noted some peculiar activity. So, the nation needs a lot of prayer obviously in regard to what is going on with the ISIS camps……one near McAllen where Stewart was to have been sent originally, one near El Paso, one near somewhere in New Mexico and of course other places. I caught a bit of the thing that was going to happen in Paris, France, and have suspected that this might be their strategy for a long time nation-wide….even world-wide. Prayers for you and thanksgiving as always. Hope that Stewart is in touch soon. He now has your address at the church and the phone number you so kindly shared and for which he is very thankful. Sometime I will give you a call so you can have a little dose of my E. Texas accent but I think I can say your name without it being like Ronnie Temple’s now famous “Nigh-ah-gel” that you joked about the first time you were here in April of 2009. I need to look for your engagements and see when you might be in our area again. Praying that the Lord would send you here in October which is sort of when Jan said we would have the conference. I know there were some OSL folks from Nacogdoches Ch. who said they really hope that you will be the one to be here in Oct.. Most of our group feels that it is you whom the Lord would have come but we do not get to give any in-put but I can tell you we are praying really hard. The Lord kept putting it in my heart the 2nd time you came that we should get with you in our group at some point and pray for you at a private prayer time for your healing…that it was very important. The Lord sort of sent me what I call sort of a flash that something really good is going to happen when you an d Stewart meet-up but have no idea exactly what it is. I do know that you have in common military experience and that you both had respiratory issues. About a year or so ago the Lord told me to share with Stewart these words: “Neglect not the gift that is in you.” Ann Menz shared with me about 18 months ago that the Lord told her the day would come that when Stewart laid hands on someone to pray for them that they would be “slain in the Spirit” or whatever term is currently in use. Boy, would I like to be the fly on the wall the first time that happens! She said the Lord did not way when it would be but that it would come to pass. Ann is one of our Catholic members of OSL here and she is the one who led the singing for the conference when you were at St. Cyprian’s back in Jan. of 2013. What the Lord showed me when you 2 met was sort of a bright background wall…sort of a creamy color and that you were sort of reaching out with your hands toward one another’s elbow’s on each side..and I know you were smiling and Stewart as well. It was very fast…..and it was sort of like looking at a photo in a photo album and in color, of course. I have no idea how far Spotsylvania is from Va. Beach, but who knows, he might even show up there this Sunday! I know VA. is a lot smaller than Texas. Driving 2 1/2 to shop in Houston or The Woodlands is nothing for us and I know that Stewart used to drive to see his mom back in Dothan, AL, from Nashville. I think it was 7 to 9 hours. So here we going…..will be praying for both of you and I can always use it as well….esp. on my Sunday travels on US 59 ( turning left at Livingston where one of the closed Wal-Marts is on the right.) and also for my hands, arms, legs and feet used in playing the organ and of course, my singing voice. Spiritual protection is also a priority for me. In a week or two I also go back for the 6 mo. re-take on the m. gram and ultra-sound to be sure the last one was correct…….just a deep lymph node and not something sinister.) Thank you again for all you do and blessings to you and Lynn. Grace Ann (Let everything that hath breath praise the Lord.) Date: Fri, 24 Apr 2015 17:19:53 +0000 To:

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