A few years ago an eye examination revealed I had cataracts in both eyes. My age at that time was considered to be very young to have them developing. Normally they would have been ignored until I was older except for the fact that they were in the centre of my line of vision. I had been praying for years asking the Lord to heal my vision but I never expected the answer to be cataract surgery. When they finished I had one eye slightly better than 20-20 and one eye slightly less. The amazing blessing was I no longer needed to wear glasses to drive as confirmed by the optician’s eye test following the operations.
Even though I could now see clearly there were things that I thought I should be able to see but couldn’t. I knew this to be true by having checked whether other people could see something clearly that I couldn’t. One day I was driving in an area of London that I wasn’t familiar with. I stopped at a red light at a junction where I wasn’t sure whether to go straight on or turn right. As I looked at the street sign it simply wasn’t clear enough to me. I desperately needed to know what to do in this situation. The thought came to me that I had 20-20 eyesight and I could see that. The physical fact indicated by the eye surgeon and confirmed by the optician was I could see that sign. But my mind was not allowing me to. I had worn glasses for 38 years for short sightedness. My mind had learned to interpret the messages from the eye one way and was blocking the new information. I commanded my brain to line up with my eyesight and see the information correctly. Instantly the sign came clear and I knew how to proceed.
It dawned on me that the brain plays a huge role in receiving our healing when we pray for it. Our brain becomes conditioned to facilitate actions over and over again without conscious thought. If you have a sore foot, initially you will be conscious of walking in a manner that relieves or minimizes the pain. After a time you walk that way without even thinking about it. The brain has compensated for the problem and adapted a pattern of response to accommodate the situation. My brain was patterned to see things blurrily from years and years of getting that signal when I didn’t have glasses on. Even with them on the image was never as clear as it should have been. So after the operation my eyes were changed but my brain wasn’t. This idea was confirmed by a recent eyesight breakthrough where a sensor was placed on the retina and connected to the optic nerve. The man who received the implant could see nothing before the operation out of his left eye. After he could see light and the impression of an arc, which came from the edge of a plate he was looking at. He said that his brain needed to learn what these images were that were now coming to it from his eye. (Check it out on the BBC website)
When another pastor and I prayed for a woman who couldn’t keep walking due to the pain in her leg, she was astonished as all the pain left her leg. Yet as she walked away she limped a wee bit. The pastor I was with said it was conditioning in her mind and that by the end of the street she would be walking normally. As we watched, her limp diminished the farther she went.
It makes you wonder of how often people have received physical healing only to have it sabotaged by their brain’s conditioning? I think that we need to pray not only for the pain to go, the condition to be healed, but also that the brain be rewired to receive the change.
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