As part of our "Super.Natural." series, Alicia, a member of Real Life, shares her story of being healed miraculously through prayer.
I was experiencing difficulty swallowing certain foods. A green salad and a glass of red wine were sure to cause a bout of choking.
After finally going to a gastroenterologist and having an endoscopy in 2002 it was discovered I had a “Schatzki Ring” (a narrowing of the esophagus).
I had a procedure where they stretched it opened it with a ‘balloon’ which gave me relief for a time. But it would slowly close up again and the symptoms would return. Each time the ‘Schatzki’ closed up again it got worse than the previous time. I started having chest spasms that felt like a heart attack. Very painful and scary. And it was difficult to go out to dinner with friends and family because I would often end up in the parking lot crying and foaming at the mouth while retching.
I went on to have five different endoscopic procedures to open it up. I was told the last time I had the procedure in the fall of 2009 that Schatzki Ring ‘closing up’ would continue to increase in frequency (I had it done twice in 2009) and that I would likely need to have the procedure done several times a year, possibly up to 4 times a year.
My cousin Margie invited me to attend a service at a healing ministry. There were many people there who had been healed. I shared with them what I was experiencing so they could pray over me. I had never been to anything like this before, I didn’t know what to expect. I opened myself to what they had to say. They told me, there is power in the name of Jesus. That they didn’t have the power, but Jesus does. They laid hands on me.
I don’t know if I was healed at that moment, but I walked away feeling it was going to happen. I believed it with all my heart. I went home and was given this scripture when I was reading my Bible “Your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God." (1 Corinthians 2:5)
Since being prayed over, and much praying myself, 8 years later I haven’t had to have any more procedures and I have not had any more problems, contrary to what the doctors had predicted. I am very grateful for science and doctors, but my praise and thanksgiving go to God. I believe that all healing is divine and no healing takes place apart from God.
Alicia Roller, July 9th, 2018