The power of prayer

– Can prayer be a solution to the problems of today’s world?
– Can prayer be a recipe for success?
– What should a prayer look like?
– In what will praying help you?

“Know that the Lord has set apart for Himself him who is god­ly; The Lord will hear when I call to Him” (Psalm 4:3 NKJV).

I can resonate with these words, because they actually are true. Every time I call upon Him, the Lord hears me. This is optimistic and in this chapter I want to share the good news with you.

Is prayer a simple thing? I was wondering about this, because it is written in Daniel (6:17) that Daniel knelt three times a day, praised God and thanked Him. What could he say to God three times a day? Sometimes we can’t find words during the morning and evening prayers, and Daniel knelt three times in the day and praised God. I think he brought to Him all his joys, sorrows and sadness. We too should do so – praise God, thank Him, and also bring our requests to His throne.

A clergyman once said, “Satan will try to do everything in his power to distract you from Jesus. He will try to give you a lot or take away everything from you, such as send a disease upon you, pester you with financial or other problems, in order to put you off from praying and make you stop speaking with God. He will try to occupy you with work, send you worries, absorb your attention with enter­tainment, burden you with family affairs, etc. He will do everything to stop you from praying, because he knows that when you pray, he loses power. Remember that the Devil feels safe when you go to church, when you call yourself a Christian, but when you start praying, he’s losing ground. There will be so many lost Christians, so many who have spent their whole life in the church, who yet will not enter Heav­en. So Satan will do many things just to stop you from praying.”

Is it worth praying? I believe yes. God hears our requests and I experience it myself. I will give you another example based on my child. When I get back from work, my little son comes to me and says, “Daddy, I beg you for this, I beg you for that.” I do not always want to meet his requests. Sometimes they are so trivial that I even pretend I do not hear them, I go to the kitchen and do my thing. And when you make requests to God, don’t you sometimes have the impression that He often deals with us as we deal with our chil­dren? This is so and we should not be surprised. God is our Father, and we truly are his children. Very often our behaviour, also in prayer, looks as if we were little kids and asked Him for things we do not necessarily need. Scripture in a very good way summarizes this theme: “We know that God doesn’t listen to sinners, but He does listen to anyone who worships Him and does His will” (John 9:31). In apostle John’s letters it is also written that God hears all the requests that are according to His will: “And this is the confi­dence that we have in Him: if we ask for anything according to His will, He listens to us” (1 John 5:14). So we cannot come to God and bring to Him a multitude of requests, hoping that all of them will be heard. That is to say – God will listen, but not always will He fulfil them. He will do it only when He finds out that what we ask for is what we need. But anyway, we should ask Him for everything we expect. If He thinks it is good from His point of view, He will give us that. I have experienced many fulfilled pleas in my life. In this chapter I want to share with you such examples from my life.

In 2002, I experienced the following story: it was a time when neither I nor my wife who was then on a maternity benefit, had any money at all. Not a dime! My previous company went bankrupt (I wrote about it earlier). The new one I had been managing had not yet generated much revenue. Some services were already made, but unfortunately our customers did not pay on time. I remember sit­ting in the office, in the skyscraper on the eighth floor, and looking out the window. It was a cloudy Friday. I knew that the Sabbath was coming, or the seventh day of the week, which God had ordered to celebrate from Friday sunset until Saturday evening. There was a problem, because at home I had nothing to eat. I said: “God, what now?” I had already applied the biblical principles to my life then, so all the more I thought about the fact that God should take care of me and support me. I was not expecting Him to make my account full of money at a finger snap – I did not expect it. I just wanted the customers who were my debtors to pay for the services I had provid­ed them. The due dates for payment had passed, and the money did not appear in my account. So I looked out the window and I prayed, “God, it’s not a problem for you when I, as your child, call upon Thee. I think you should hear me.” But the answer was not coming. 3:00 p.m. was approaching. In the office building downstairs there was a small catering service, where for a small price you could buy a really large portion. I took the elevator to the ground floor and asked the saleswoman if I could buy two portions (I thought about my wife), but I will pay on Monday, because I have no money today. I was a regular customer, so the saleswoman agreed. In addition, I ordered lunch also for Monday.

The weekend passed. I went back to work and nothing changed – we were working all the time and unfortunately the money was not there. I was alone in the room, looking out the window, the weather was still ugly. 3:00 p.m. was approaching. I knew I had to go down to pay my bills for Friday’s food, get what I ordered to look like a serious man in the saleswoman’s eyes. I think there was something more to it. What if the woman said I was dishon­est? I had a problem. I began to talk to God: “Lord! What should I do? You know that during the weekend even the dishwashing liquid had ended! And I will not mention that Emilia told me to go shopping after work, and I have no money to pay for it! How will I look in her eyes? The head of a family who cannot take care of its basic needs!” Kuba, my first son, was tiny. All the disposable diapers were gone, only cloth ones were left. The car we used to have had to be sold to pay off the debts that were made when the company went bankrupt due to my partner. Nevertheless, I think those were beautiful times, because God taught me humility. Just after our conversion experience there are always beautiful times – a man feels incredible closeness with God, would like to convert the world and preach the Gospel! You have a feeling of energy when you want to go and change the world, move buildings, move mountains – that’s the kind of power and faith you have! Already fifteen years had passed from the moment I began to study the Bi­ble, and I continued to kneel and say, “Lord, give me this energy to act! How I would like to have this strength, just as when it was not a problem for me to go to the neighbours and tell them about you, Jesus.” We should always stand by Jesus and preach the Gospel! For it is written: “Proclaim the message. Be ready to do this whether or not the time is convenient. Refute, warn, and encourage with the utmost patience when you teach” (2 Timothy 4:2). That’s why I thought those were beautiful times …

Now, however, it was 3:00 p.m. I did not know what to do. I had two choices. First – go to the ATM and pay out cash, which did not belong to me, because the ATMs back then did not have imme­diate contact with the bank and did not check the balance of the account, and the bank accounted for the changes two to three days later. Then it turned out that there is a debit, resulting in a phone from the bank, during which a nice lady informed that: “There is a disallowed debit, please pay off the debt. This is inconsistent with the contract. You have exceeded the permissible pay out balance specified in the contract.” Violating the terms of the contract, I would be a scammer. I would do something that was not allowed. That’s why I did not want to do that. The second possibility was to go to a friend who worked in a nearby market. I thought that if I told her what the problem was, she might lend me fifty zlotys, just enough for a few days, because maybe the due money would come in. I had such dilemmas. In my soul there was a struggle between good and evil. What to choose? Finally I went to the market. When approaching the familiar booth I noticed many customers, so I felt too embarrassed to ask if she could lend me some money. So I de­cided that I would go to the nearest ATM and see what would hap­pen. As I thought, I did. I remember those moments as if they had happened today. Walking the alleyways through the market toward the ATM I closed my eyes for a moment, and began to pray: “Lord, my Father, help me, because I do not know what to do!” I lifted my eyelids and saw that on the road just before me… there was fifty euros! This is such a simple example, that it is almost unbelievable. Some people said: coincidence. I believe it was not a coincidence. I know that God rarely responds to requests for money in this way. However, it turns out that such situations can happen, because for God there is no impossible thing. I knew only that I could choose between good and evil, but I did not know what to do. With all my heart I prayed to God for help, I asked for intervention, and He listened to me. There was a banknote on the path. Clean, despite the rainy weather! So many people passed by before me, and many followed me. And in this crowd I bent over and raised fifty euros. I went straight to the exchange office and traded the currency for two hundred and four zlotys. I paid all my debts, bought cleaning supplies, diapers, food – I was happy! After returning home I told all of it to my wife and she admitted that it was a miracle. Never again did I have to ask God for money. I did not receive it again in such a direct way – perhaps it was not necessary. This event is an example that we can turn to God for everything, but let Him decide whether, when and how He will answer us.

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A few years ago I prayed for the health of my child. My son Kuba was supposed to have his tonsils removed. I spoke to a friend of mine, Danuta, about this and she asked, “If your son is sick, why not pray for him together?” I thought, “Well sure, we could pray.” But something inside me said, “No, it’s such a trivial matter. Tonsils? After all, tonsils are now cut out in many children.” But Danuta said, “God did not give him tonsils to cut them out. If God wills so, He will heal them.”

On arrival at home I shared this information with my wife. However, she replied, “No way, we will not delay. Kuba has a place in the hospital in a week, he has been waiting a long time, and we cannot afford to lose this chance.” I called Danuta and she said, “Do not worry, if God wants so – it will be according to His will.” We prayed. I also urged Emilia for an additional examination before surgery, however, she said we no longer had the time, because the visit to the hospital was to take place very soon.

On Friday the date of surgery was confirmed. On Monday we were in the hospital for the tonsillectomy. Unfortunately, it turned out that there are no vacant places. The treatment was postponed, we were supposed to appear in three months. No one could explain how this happened, but ultimately it was certain that there were no vacant places. But this is not the end of the story. For the next half year the treatment was still postponed twice for various reasons. On the second occasion, the cause was a doctors’ strike, and the third time, after three days spent in hospital, Kuba contracted an infection and the doctors said they would not be able to operate. In the meantime, of course, we went for examinations, but they did not give positive results. Finally, I decided that I would not come to this hospital anymore. For the next four years after these events, Kuba had not suffered from a single episode of sickness, while pre­vious infections had been very common. Our prayers had been heard. Thanks to such experiences I know that Jesus exists and that He is our Lord. Everyone knows that the Devil exists. But at least I can stand up and say, “Ever since I am with God, ever since I am with Jesus, my life looks completely different and God protects me and blesses me. Even if I experience an unpleasant event, when it’s over, it turns out that things are better than they were before.”

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When I lived in Stalowa Wola we used to play football often. I also experienced a situation in which God listened to my very spe­cial prayer back then. During one of the indoor games, a colleague kicked the ball in full force into the window of our goal. The ball was very hard. And I stood on its way, deflecting it with my knee. The pain was gruesome, I immediately knew that something was wrong. I returned home and for two weeks I was limping until Emilia couldn’t take it anymore and said:
“Go to the doctor finally! Let him examine you and tell you what is going on with your leg!” I went to the hospital, the doctor took an x-ray and said:
“Mr. Wojciech, as we see in the attached picture, there is a problem. The patella is chipped. It is already overgrown with tissue, but the chipped part is swimming in your knee. The only solution is to anaesthetize you, open the knee, rinse the bone fragments, stitch the knee up and that is it – a simple matter.”
“What kind of anaesthesia?” I asked.
“Epidural,” the doctor replied, “from the waist down, the same as women in labour are often anesthetized with.”
I had a friend who studied medicine, so I asked her: “Listen, what’s with this epidural anaesthesia?”
In reply I heard: “This anaesthesia is applied by a doctor who stabs a large needle in your spine. There will be paralysis from the waist down, you’ll be awake and you’ll see what’s going on around you, but you will not feel anything. Everything is all right, you have nothing to worry about.”
I checked online. It turned out that there are several possible complications associated with such anaesthesia. For example, spas­tic paralysis and, in the worst case, paralysis for life. I was scared. I began to pray. This was the time when I was studying theology at the Higher School of Theology and Humanities in Podkowa Leś­na. I had a consultation with a doctor on Thursday, and on Friday I went to class. In Podkowa Leśna you can buy various kinds of religious books, but also books about herbal medicine and nat­ural medicine. One of the sellers persuaded me to buy the book “Curing with Charcoal” (“Leczenie węglem drzewnym”), saying: “Listen, read it. I heard that charcoal can heal from many diseases, also from the ailments you have with your knee.”

During the consultation, the doctor said that because of his planned holiday, my surgery cannot be carried out immediately. I was to show up in two weeks. There were fourteen days for char­coal therapy and prayer. Three times a day I knelt down like Daniel and said: “God, I do not want this surgery! Please help me! For you it is not a problem to cure me.” I studied all the available literature on knee diseases. The doctor said that it was impossible to dissolve or heal it, but I knew that for God there was nothing impossible. In the book I bought I found a way to cure: flaxseed poultices, mari­gold ointment and charcoal. In another book “Medicines from God’s Pharmacy” (“Leki z Bożej Apteki”) I also read that Swedish herbs are good. There was an example of a woman being kicked in her knee by a cow. The victim felt great pain and the poultice used at night helped her. So I said, “God! This is almost like my case!” I believed what was written in the literature. I started to apply poul­tices. The effect was that after two weeks the pain was gone. I went to my doctor and told him:
“Doctor, I did everything I could – I used poultices, I prayed, and my leg does not hurt anymore.”
“This is not possible. We’ll do an ultrasound and see what ac­tually happened since the last diagnosis,” he replied.
After examinations and x-rays the doctor said: “If you do not actually feel pain, there is no point in the surgery. If the pain re­
turns, you know where to look for me. I think that you will come back, if not in a week then in two, and then we will do it.”
It’s been ten years. Until today, the knee does not hurt. Prayer, in which I believe very much, and charcoal have helped. Charcoal did its job, and what it could not do, God did. I visited this doctor once again when my wife broke her arm, and then when my son had problems with his hips. The doctor always asked: “So what? Are we doing the surgery?”
And I said: “No Doctor, there is no need.”
And so far, such a need has not appeared yet.

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In Psalm (61:4-5), David says, “Let me make my home in your tent forever; let me hide under the shelter of your wings. For you, God, have heard my promises; you have assigned to me the her­itage of those who fear your name.” It’s so beautiful! I think that praying is the solution to today’s times, but we often forget about it. We may be embarrassed, maybe we think that something is not worth telling God. And does our child know what is worth and what is not? He asks us for everything he wants. My son does just that. Sometimes when I get back from work, Tymoteusz is lying on the bed and watching cartoons, saying:
“Dad, could we go to Carrefour to buy Lego blocks”. And I re­ply:
“Child, I’m hungry, I’m just back from work, and you tell me such things.” I turn around and go away. But he repeats the same thing over and over again, without resting. One day it turned out that he got these blocks… Because it was Children’s Day! God sometimes makes such unexpected Children’s Days.

I have been praying for my loved ones for many years – for them to be interested in the content of the Bible. I once decided that I would pray for them that God would open their eyes to the truth so that they would open their hearts to the influence of the Holy Spirit. I do this by saying to God: “God, attracting a person to you is a trifle for you, like a snap of your finger. I know that they all have to want it in the end. I also know that sometimes you have to pray for twenty years.” Even if I have to pray those twenty years, then – I have gone through 10 out of 20 already. Since I have been implementing my resolution – ten years have passed, and yet ten remain, and I will continue to pray if God allows. I urge you to do the same – pray for your brothers, sisters, neighbours, clergy, friends, acquaintances. They all need prayer! For them, Jesus also prepared a place in Heaven. Let us take to the heavenly throne what we consider to be right, and if such will be His will, God will hear these requests.

In the 18th chapter of the Gospel of Luke there is such a beau­tiful parable: “Jesus told His disciples a parable about their need to pray all the time and never give up. He said, “In a city there was a judge who didn’t fear God or respect people. In that city there was also a widow who kept coming to Him and saying – Grant me jus­tice against my adversary. – For a while the judge refused. But later, he told himself – I don’t fear God or respect people, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will grant her justice. Otherwise, she will keep coming and wear me out.” ” Widows in Israel at that time were a big problem. When the man who was the head of the family died, the woman was left alone – often with children, with property, with everything to care for – and being unable to cope, she would live in poverty. The judge was able to solve the case of the woman of the parable, so she went to him and bothered him, but he hesitated for some reason. Jesus gives this example in the context of prayer. Then it is written: “Then the Lord added, “Listen to what the unrighteous judge says. Won’t God grant His chosen people justice when they cry out to Him day and night? Is He slow to help them?” ” Do not worry that God sometimes delays the ful­filling of our request, let’s do our thing and let us pray! Brother or Sister, I do not know what father you have here on Earth or what kind you had, but imagine that he is rich and influential. Do you think if you had any problem, he would not solve it? Now realize that you are in a better situation, (maybe you do not notice or ap­preciate it) because your true Father is who? God! God Almighty! And we often forget about it. He knows what and when. Jesus con­tinues: “I tell you, He will give them justice quickly.”

Does God keep His word? Scripture itself gives such a reply. The Fourth Book of Moses (23:19) says: “God is not a man, that He should lie, Nor a son of man, that He should repent. Has He said, and will He not do? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?” (NKJV). In that case, what is the problem? The question is answered in the Book of Isaiah (59:1): “See, the Lord’s hand is not too short to save, nor are His ears too dull to hear. Instead, your iniquities have been barriers between you and your God, and your sins have con­cealed His face from you so that He won’t listen.”

It is also written, “I tell all of you with certainty, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you can say to this mountain »Move from here to there« and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you” (Matthew 17:20). I know the story of a man who wanted to pray that there would be no rain for three years, and in fact it happened. In the Epistle of James (5:17-18) it is written: “Elijah was a person just like us, and he prayed earnestly for it not to rain, and rain never came to the land for three years and six months. Then he prayed again, and the skies poured out rain, and the ground pro­duced its crops.” If Elijah was a man like us, what is the problem? Why then, when we desperately want something, something good, such as healing for someone, God does not listen to us? We cannot go to the backstage or ask the Lord directly, but maybe our situation is similar to that of Job’s? Maybe God is waiting for the testimony of our faith? Or maybe it is the sins that set the barrier between us and God and because of that He does not hear you.

Should prayer be obstinate? This word may carry a slightly negative meaning. Scripture speaks of perseverance in prayer. Je­sus left us another lesson on this subject written in the Gospel of Luke (11:5): “Then He told them, “Suppose one of you has a friend, and you go to him at midnight and say to him, »Friend, let me borrow three loaves of bread.«” Imagine that we ran out of bread but a friend came to us. It’s midnight – we go out to the stairs. It is dark, we turn on the light. We knock on our neighbour’s door to lend us something to eat. This is not necessarily the case today, be­cause you can go to a 24/7 store, but at the time of Jesus it was not. Jesus continues, “Suppose he answers from inside, »Stop bothering me! The door is already locked, and my children are here with us in the bedroom. I can’t get up and give you anything!« I tell you, even though that man doesn’t want to get up and give him any­thing because he is his friend, he will get up and give him whatever he needs because of his persistence. So I say to you: Keep asking, and it will be given you. Keep searching, and you will find. Keep knocking, and the door will be opened for you, because everyone who keeps asking will receive, and the person who keeps searching will find, and the person who keeps knocking will have the door opened. What father among you, if his son asks for bread, would give him a stone, or if he asks for a fish, would give him a snake instead of the fish? Or if he asks for an egg, would he give him a scorpion? So if you who are evil know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who keep asking Him!” What should we want more today than the Holy Spirit to reign in our hearts and guide us through life? This is an amazing gift! That is why I encourage you to persevere, because all prayers can be fulfilled, even those directed to the heavens, in the most unforeseen circumstances.

One day, when the seventh day of the week ended, I drove to Biedronka to buy some porridge for my child. I went up to the cash register, when the girl in front of me was making a purchase and suddenly her phone rang. She picked up, and in a moment turned to us, standing behind her in a queue: “Sorry, what’s the emergency number?” It was evident that she was all shaking. We gave her this number, she went aside and started to call. I did my shopping and heard with one ear that she was asking for an ambulance. Then, as I walked away from the cash register, I noticed that the woman was still upset and it seemed she did not know what to do. I asked her: “Excuse me, what happened?”
“My two sixteen-year-old daughters are having a party. They invited friends, we prepared snacks. The children were left at home, and at that time I went to the store to make some small shopping. Now one of them called that the other, younger, choked on jelly and is lying on the floor unable to breathe. I called the ambulance and I do not know what to do next.”
“I have a car, let’s go there! Is it far?”
“No, three kilometres,” she replied.

We went and when we were on our way I was thinking in­tensely about what to do, because once they taught me in high school how to give first aid, but I did not remember too much. I thought I would do what I could. When we arrived, we ran towards the block of flats. I remember that time slowed down then, and I quickly joined my thoughts with the Father and said, “Lord, I will go there and I will not know what to do. Even when I go and I know what to do, it depends on you what happens next. Please help this girl, help me to help her so that everything will be all right, because I know that you are the Great God and you listen to me.” It was such a nice woman, I wanted to help her. On the way I learned that her husband was working as a truck driver and he was continuously unavailable. We ran into the apartment. From that moment various scenarios could have happened. It might have been that I would be rescuing this girl and helped her, but I might have as well not saved her. We enter the living room, all the girls are sitting and crying. I asked quickly:
“Where is that girl who choked on jelly?” They said she already helped herself. They do not know how, but she had just swallowed
that jelly and now is sitting here. I see a crying teenager. I turned and gave thanks to God: “Lord, even in such situations, you help me. I’m so glad I can always count on you to help people. Thank you.” The girl’s mother was still in the hall, in a deep shock. She took the phone and without a word of comment dialled the num­ber for the ambulance:
“Hello? I called for an ambulance. It has not left yet? It is OK, do not leave, there is no need. We’ve already helped ourselves.” Oh, the ambulances nowadays… How good it is that we can count on God!

The next day we went to our in-laws to the countryside. We went out for a walk with the kids, the weather was nice. With Ty­moteusz in the trolley, Kuba walking beside us, we walked towards the woods. I said to my wife:
“You know how good it is that God is close, how good it is that we can turn to Him at any moment, and He will listen to us. How wonderful it is that we are protected by the Lord!” I told her what happened yesterday.

When we came back and reached the outskirts of the village, we noticed three large dogs lying by the road. Emilia said that she had never seen such dogs here. Many times I was wondering what would happen if a big dog came up to us. After all, it is impossible to beat such an animal. I remember when a long time ago we went to Poznań, we stayed there for two days in private accommodation. The host had two dogs in the yard: an amstaff and a pitbull. One man rented rooms located within the owner’s backyard for the needs of his own company. He came to work, but the host was not there. So he jumped over the gate, and then the dogs caught him… They were biting him for twenty minutes before the police and the ambulance arrived. Emilia, having memorized these events, at the sight of animals lying at the side of the road, said:
“Hey, can we change the way and we’ll go another?”
“Let’s go further, maybe these dogs are not dangerous,” I said.
Going on, I remembered a story written in the 17th chapter of the First Book of Samuel, and this story added to my courage. One day David was sent by his father to visit his brothers in the army. When David arrived at the encampment, it turned out that king Saul had a big problem – his army was to fight the Philistines, but for several days they could not begin the fight. The cause was the most powerful of the Philistines, who went out and challenged the strongest of the Israelites for a duel, and at the same time cursed at the Almighty God, saying:
“King, do you not have even one man that will come to try and defeat me?”
Saul and his advisors had no idea how to break free from the situation. David came to the king and said:
“King, since you cannot go to this Philistine, I will go!” Saul then replied:
“No, you cannot go,” answered the king.

And in the 34th verse, David persuades the king in the follow­ing way: “Your servant has been a shepherd for his father. When a lion or bear came and took a lamb from the flock, I would go out after it, strike it down, and rescue the lamb from its mouth. Then when it rose up against me, I would grab it by its fur, strike it down, and kill it.” David could, and I can – I thought. I will catch the dog by his “mane” – after all God is with me. I’ll hit him two or three times and maybe I’ll manage. But as I walked, I remembered that David had picked up some stones before the battle with Goliath. So I bent down to get these stones. As I began to straighten out, I noticed how these three dogs fled through the fields as if fire had been chasing them! We stopped. Emilia looked at me, and Kuba said:
“Well, dad, they got scared of you!” Emilia explained to our son:
“Kuba, Daddy probably prayed to God again, and He listened to him.”
How great it is to have such a God, to whom you can go with all your prayers!
In Daniel (6:17) it is written that once Daniel was tossed into a lion’s cave, condemned for disobedience. The king did not want to punish him like this, but the king’s courtiers insisted. The ruler was very angry that this happened. Then he got up at dawn and went to the lion’s cave. Verse 20 describes the situation as follows: “As he approached where Daniel was in the pit, he cried out to him in a voice filled with anguish – Daniel, servant of the living God, has your God, whom you serve constantly, been able to de­liver you from the lions?” It turned out God sent the angels, they tied the lion’s jaws, and so it turned out Daniel survived without a scratch. Seeing this evident miracle, the king issued a decree that all over his kingdom all should be afraid of the God Daniel serves. Although no one expected this, Daniel was saved because he had his God, a God whom we also have, the one we can always turn to and He will listen to us and do what is good for us.

At the age of 14, when riding a bicycle, I fell over and broke my leg in my thigh. I spent a month in the hospital. First the doctors tried to cure the leg on the lift, but failed. The pain I went through when I was transported 40 km to the hospital in Radom in a Fiat 125P ambulance was nothing compared to attaching my leg on the lift. The doctors first drilled my knee with a drill, then pushed a wire through, bent it and so the leg was suspended. After three weeks, however, they decided to make a surgery. The leg was assembled using platinum screws and plates. The operation lasted two hours. I remember that as I woke up from anaesthesia, I had a bottle with blood hanging by the bed. They gave me blood, because during the surgery I had lost a lot. Then I was glad that back then there was no impossible thing for medicine. But unfortunately this blood was infected – with two hepatitis viruses – HBV and HCV. While the first is still possible to cure, because interferon can be used and the probability of successful treatment is close to 100%, but in the case of the second virus it is worse. There is no effective medicine or vaccine, and interferon alone is only 30% effective. I went to a clinic in Warsaw to check the condition of the liver from time to time. The doctor said: “There are two approaches to treatment: the German one and the other, general European approach. And this German one says that if we compare the chance for recovery to the possible side effects that can arise from treatment, it seems that it is better not to treat the disease. All the more so if your body is doing well. However, if the stage of the disease is such that there is no other option, then it should be treated.” When the disease was identified, I was fifteen years old. Then the doctors made the diagnosis: “You have around fifteen years, then most likely cancer or liver cirrhosis, or liver transplant will take place.” Today I am thirty-nine, I have not been treated and I feel good, praise to the Lord! I believe that I live entirely for the glory of God so that I can preach the Gospel – the great things the Lord does for us to prove the fact that there is nothing impossible for God.

During my studies I had systematic diagnosis of my liver’s con­dition. I went for examinations very often, sometimes every two weeks. There they took blood, checked if the results are normal. Going for such an examination, I always prayed. I walked all the way – it was 1.5 km from the dorm to the clinic – and every time I prayed fervently: “Lord, I beg you so the results would be good.” They were good – I was sick and the results were good! So the doc­tor said, “It’s OK, we’re leaving it for now.”

Then I was directed for a biopsy in Warsaw. I was stung by a long, thick needle into the liver, a tissue sample was taken and checked for disease progression. I remember going to the hospital chapel. I sat on the side and looked at Virgin Mary’s big picture. I was thinking: “If I want to do something in college, then I need to go to the university foundation to speak with the president and know that if I get to him, I will be able to do everything. However, if I stop in the secretary’s office, there is no way I will achieve any­thing.” So I decided that I would not pray to God through media­tors (except for Jesus). “God, for you there is no impossible thing” – I prayed sincerely, directly to God, asking for health. Then at the hospital I found out that I have minimal hepatitis. So I thought it was not bad. That has been the case until today. I walk, I work, I evangelize, all the time feeling good. When two years ago I went for an examination, the doctor said:
“Seventeen years have passed, but we can see that the disease has not yet done much damage.”
“I think this is not happening by chance,” I replied.

I am currently waiting to be admitted to the hospital for an­other biopsy. I believe that since I’m still alive and healthy and the results are good, it’s a miracle*. There’s no other way. I believe that God keeps my body in good condition. I believe that if He is our Father, and we turn to Him, He can hear us in very different situa­tions. Let’s just try and not be afraid, let’s pray! He is the Almighty God! Therefore, I would always like to “…make my home in your tent forever; let me hide under the shelter of your wings. For you, God, have heard my promises; you have assigned to me the heri­tage of those who fear your name” (Psalm 61:4-5).

* On the day of the publication of the book, a drug called Harvoni was invented to fight against HCV, which without the side effects eliminates the virus after three months of treatment. I was waiting 25 years for the drug. I am currently waiting to start the ther­apy. I am grateful to God for hearing my requests.

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Wojciech Orzechowski