Answers to Prayer, Part 4

Today I had to ransack my memory all the way back to, uh, today.

My wife’s had sciatica off and on for a couple of years. She’s been seeing a chiropractor in Memphis, and for a while that was helping. I happen to believe that most cases of sciatica (nerve pain down the leg) are caused by muscles in the pelvic area, most often the piriformis. However, when the pain started she really didn’t seem to have any tension in that area and piriformis stretches didn’t seem to help, so I let the chiropractor do adjustments instead. Like I said, for a while they did help.

The last few months, though, the sciatica has been returning and increasing, and the visits to the chiropractor weren’t helping. A lot of people were praying for her, and a couple weeks ago as I was praying, God–I believe–told me to take over her treatment. I checked on the muscles around her piriformis, and they were so knotted that she thought at least one was a bone. I took her off all the chiropractor’s exercises, and I had her only do stretches, while I massaged her morning and evening.

The muscles loosened up, but the piriformis is way down deep in the hip, and massage won’t always reach it. The tension in her hip was better, but the pain was still there. I needed some sort of treatment. Sunday night (Dec. 21), some young people came over to my house to pray. I felt like God was telling me I had the right diagnosis on my wife’s pain, but that he didn’t intend to let me treat it without our praying. So I asked the youth to pray. Specifically, I asked them to pray for her to be pain-free by Christmas day.

Yesterday afternoon, my wife called me into her room to watch a youtube video. She spends a lot of time there due to the sciatica. What she showed me was a clip on “Active Release Technique,” a relatively new strategy for dealing with piriformis syndrome (and other muscle injuries). The method on the video was unique, but any strategy for reaching the piriformis muscle was something I would try. I’ve spent a lot of time studying muscles, so I had no problem understanding the areas and angles he said to avoid with this technique.

The end of that story is that I tried it yesterday afternoon and evening, and she hasn’t been back to bed since. She’s spent Christmas day virtually pain-free despite being up the whole day.


John and Frank came back this week from a job in South Carolina that they’ve been on for a few weeks. There they had a boss that was hot-tempered and foul-mouthed. They called back to Rose Creek Village for prayer about how to become friends with the man.

Soon after, that boss saved John from making a bad mistake on the job. He decided to try to do something to say thank you. He went to a store and while he was there he saw Verner’s Ginger Ale and felt led by God to get it for the boss.

You can probably guess what happened next. Maybe I shouldn’t bother with the rest of the story.

Well, okay. It was the boss’s favorite and completely unavailable locally. He was having friends in his home town buy it and ship it to him. He couldn’t believe it, and now they’re friends. John told me today that this boss helped him clean up his site and pack his tools so that John could get on the road early for the trip back here.

About Paul Pavao

I am married, the father of six, and currently the grandfather of two. I run a business, live in a Christian community, teach, and I am learning to disciple others better than I have ever been able to before. I believe God has gifted me to restore proper foundations to the Christian faith. In order to ensure that I do not become a heretic, I read the early church fathers from the second and third centuries. They were around when all the churches founded by the apostles were in unity. I also try to stay honest and open. I argue and discuss these foundational doctrines with others to make sure my teaching really lines up with Scripture. I am encouraged by the fact that the several missionaries and pastors that I know well and admire as holy men love the things I teach. I hope you will be encouraged too. I am indeed tearing up old foundations created by tradition in order to re-establish the foundations found in Scripture and lived on by the churches during their 300 years of unity.
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