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30 Days of Prayer Change Man's Life

There was no lasting relief for Wilbur's sudden back and hip pain, but then he remembered something he'd learned long ago. Read Transcript


- [Narrator] In 2015in Kalamazoo, Michigan

Wilbur Zook was enjoying lifeas a healthy 83 year old.

Then one day he woke up with intense pain

in his back and hip.

- The first thought was I think if I take

a little pain medication it'll go away

because that's the way I've always lived.

It seemed like it wasalways something temporary.

- [Narrator] But the pain persisited

and Wilbur soon foundhimself unable to move

without using a cane.

- It was takin' awaysome of my independence.

I probably couldn't do all the things

that I've always done.

And so I'd have to readjustmy life to live with it.

Satan's a terrible guy.

He tries to convince you thatthis is normal and it's not.

(car door opening)

- [Narrator] Wilbur startedgoing to a chiropractor.

But the pain continued to nag him.

(gentle music)

- There's a lot of things thatyou just used to do normally

and automatically all thesudden become a problem.

It took me extra time to get out of bed.

It took me extra time toget in and out of the car.

When you're used to moving it's not good.

(car door closing)

- [Narrator] Wilbur decidedto try physical therapy.

There he was diagnosedwith segmental dysfunction

and degeneration in his back and hip.

Though therapy helpedWilbur manage his pain

the therapist said weeklytreatments were his only option

for lasting relief.

- I may need this the rest of my life.

And I wasn't happy with that at all.

- [Narrator] It was thenthat Wilbur, a pastor's son,

recalled something hehad learned long ago.

- Then I did remember a 700 Club Program

where this guy got onthere and he explained

how God healed him and itwas that he went through

and dug out healing scriptures.

And every morning he would pray over them

and ask for healingand then thank the Lord

for this healing.

And then I said I know God can heal me.

Why am I not going to Him first?

- [Narrator] Wilbur spentthe next month meditating

on healing scriptures and believing God

for complete healing.

- By His stripes I amhealed and I was believing.

I said it's time to believe it.

I think I started outasking God for forgiveness

for not believing His word.

That He would touch my heart.

Excuse me.

- [Narrator] Then on the30th day of prayer ...

- I got up that morning andmy cane was still settin'

beside my bed.

And I could stand up withoutany pain, without the cane.

I started praising the Lord.

My hands went up in the air.

And I couldn't stop it, it was something

that God had done for me.

And I want to acknowledge His presence.

- [Narrator] Wilbur told everyone he could

about the goodness he experiencedin the Lord's healing.

- Where's your cane?

I said I don't need it anymore,God healed me last night.

He said how'd that happen?

And I'd had to tell himyou know that it came

because I trusted Godthat His word is true.

- [Narrator] Today Wilburis still pain-free.

He no longer needs acane as he stays active

in his community and iseven planning his wedding

with his fiance Trudy.

- I read healing scriptures every morning.

And that's kept mehealthy and my doctor says

I'm the healthiest 85year old she's ever seen.

So it's been a good lesson for me to learn

that do everything you canwith man's ideas and stuff,

but it's really God thathas the real answers.

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