I have felt funny asking for this because it seems so selfish but the Scriptures say that we have not because we ask not. So I want to ask you to pray with me that God will heal my remaining kidney!

The doctor’s say that it is functioning at 60 to 70% of what it should. It is not that bad but will have to be closely monitored. It is a nagging doubt! Basically it may stay where it is, not really good but not so bad, or it may get worse.

I would like to ask God to heal my kidney so that I could continue to serve Him here if that is His will. I do love Him and I am ready to go to Heaven. I feel torn to even say something here. I know that I should be ready to leave right now but I hope that my life is counting for something here and now and would like to ask Him to extend my service to Him.

I do not want to just live my life like I want to but rather to please Him, to serve Him, and to serve His people. I want my life to be engaged in reaching the world with the gospel.

I promise not to make this a constant thing. I will not major on it or focus on it but I would like to ask you to pray that God would heal me. I believe that He hears and answers prayer. I am all for Him doing just that if it is His will.

I am ready for Heaven. I do long to see Him and serve Him. I, however, think that maybe I can still be useful at Vision Baptist Church, Vision Baptist Missions, and in my family!

So I ask you this once to pray that God would heal me! Thank you for listening to my selfishness!

About the author

Austin Gardner is pastor of Vision Baptist Church in Alpharetta, GA. Previously he was church planting missionary in Peru for 20 years.
31 Responses
  1. Brother Austin, I will continue to pray and hope you will ask us to intercede for you as often as you feel the need. It is not only our privilege to carry this burden with you but our calling as your brothers and sisters. I am in your corner and will be lifting up specific prayers for healing and for the peace that passes all understanding to keep your heart and mind.

  2. Betty Gardner

    I love you and of course I’m praying that we will be able to serve the Lord together for many years to come 🙂

  3. David Gates

    I am praying for the Almighty God, The Lord of Glory to heal and strengthen You. He is able and I pray He will be glorified through your trials and your healing. I pray you will continue to look to Jesus, the great and mighty God for daily strength to press towards the mark. He is able.

  4. Ezequiel Ruiz

    Hermano, we are praying for you and we will continue to do so for as long as it is necessary. Pray without ceasing for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. El Señor le bendiga hn. Gardner.

  5. Mike Staley

    Bro. Austin, We will be praying for you and your kidney. It is my prayer that God will heal you so that your ministry and influence in peoples lives may continue. Thank you for making a difference in my life.

  6. Jonathan Anderson

    Dear Brother,
    Thanks for the update!
    My family will be taking you before the throne of God daily and yes we also believe that if God wills, you will have many more fruitful years to serve our great King of kings! It would only make the day you see Him face to face even sweeter! Thank you for the impact that you have in my life and also my wife! We eat up everything that we can hear from you and count it a blessing to live in the same generation as you dear brother!

    We know the Great Physician, Amen!
    God Bless!

  7. Risa Canfield

    I believe that the Lord loves to glorify himself,for He deserves to be praised! May it be the Lord’s will to heal your remaining Kidney and may He be lifted up! (Be not wise in thine own eyes fear the Lord depart from evil,It shall be health to thy navel and marrow to thy bones!) Thank-you Lord! God Bless You Pastor!

  8. We love you and are so grateful for the investment you have made in our lives. We are praying for healing so that many more can be invested in as well. I don’t know what we would do if it weren’t for your wisdom and guidance these past 9+ years. Thank you for being our pastor and friend.

  9. Bro. Austin,
    We are praying for you. I pray God uses your kidney to draw praise to Himself, servants to the field, and yourself into His gracious embrace.
    Know of our love for you.

  10. Teri and I love and appreciate you very much. We will be praying for you everyday and asking God to put His hand upon you. Thank you for how much you have invested in our lives.

  11. Miguel Murillo

    Orando por usted hermano. Siempre recordando todo lo que hizo por nosotros, y siempre agradecido por haberlo conocido.

  12. luis

    Estaremos orando por su recuperaciĂłn nosotros estamos muy agradecidos a Dios por usted y gracias por compartirlo.

    Luis y Jenny

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