After suffering for 13 years with autism, Asperger's syndrome and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), I believe God has kindly asked me to write a monthly article to encourage children and their parents to expect healing from these disorders.
As a young boy, I suffered from the tormenting and debilitating condition of autism, which led me to many suicide attempts between the ages of 7 and 9. The constant fear and bullying I experienced led me to drink rat and cockroach poison as a way to terminate my life. My parents didn't know what to do, especially when the medical world told them there was no cure or medication to treat my condition. No one understood me way back in the '70s. It was not until I met my Savior, Jesus Christ, at 13 and gave my heart fully to Him that I started to see regular and progressive healing of my disorders.
Recently a young mother came running up to me with her 8-year-old son right at the end of a service. I was exhausted and was just about to leave the church for the day. This dear mother shared with me that she had noticed her son had started to wash his hands for 15 to 20 minutes at a time and that he was now closing the bathroom door each time he did this, which was something he had never done before. She told me he used to only wash his hands for 30 seconds or so. I had a deep sense of compassion to help this young boy, and in that moment, the Spirit of God revealed to me that he was experiencing a very early onset of OCD. So I asked his mother for permission to sit down and talk with her son so that I might have the opportunity to pray for him. The mum agreed, and as we sat there at the back of the church, I shared a couple of trivial stories and made a couple of jokes.
I could see from the little bit of laughter and the smile on his face that he was comfortable with me. It was then that I asked him what was going on. He was very open and said "I don't know, Pastor Reg, but I have this feeling that I have to always wash my hands, and I know this is not right, but I can't stop because so many thoughts and voices are talking in my head and I have to do it, and if I don't do it, I feel terrible. I feel like I don't want to live anymore." He told me this had been going on for about four weeks. My heart broke for him. I totally understood what this boy was going through simply because this was the sort of thing that happened to me when I was his age. I asked the boy if it would be ok for me to pray for him, and he nodded. As I laid my hand on his shoulder, I saw a tear rolling down his face. I asked God to break every single fear this young man had in his life.
Two weeks later, after I returned from a break with my family, the boy's mother ran up to me and said, "Pastor Reg, two weeks ago you prayed for my son and said he had an early onset of OCD. I want to tell you that the OCD has left!" I asked her how she knew, and she said, "For the past two weeks, my son has not shut the bathroom door when he washes his hands, and now he washes his hands for less than a minute, and he sits down with me again for dinner and to watch a movie."
Fear is one of the most powerful forces operating against a person when it comes to OCD, Aspergers' and autism. These conditions come primarily from fear. To parents who are reading these words, please start to fast and pray for your child to get rid of the fear that seeks to control your child's life.
I can tell you story after story of children who have been healed through this ministry. For me to be able to pen these words is a sheer miracle in and of itself. I am in awe of God's Majesty, His grace and healing upon my life. I should have been either locked up in a mental asylum or dead! I want to acknowledge the sovereign power of Jesus Christ over my life.
And I want to encourage parents who have been told by the medical field that these conditions are incurable, that in the spiritual field of Jesus Christ, they are completely curable. The Bible says that all things are possible to those who believe in Him.
I am now 52, and if I go back in time and look at when I was a young child, then look at where I am today, it is an absolute miracle what God has done in and through me. I would like to encourage you by declaring that this same miracle is still available to every person who might be going through OCD, Aspergers' or autism. This healing is available because Jesus came and died for our sins on the cross of Calvary. He has now removed this illness once and for all. Isaiah 54:13 states: "All your sons shall be taught of the Lord, and great shall be the peace of your sons." My prayer is to see children with these conditions start to receive healing through Jesus Christ.
I invite you to walk with me on this journey, and I will share some of God's insights of how your children can receive a breakthrough. I will pray that in the days, months and years to come, God will heal your son or your daughter. In addition, check out the Charisma Podcast Network with my new podcast, "Autism Overturned."
Dr. Reg Morais is the senior pastor of Living Faith Community Church, launched from Anoint the World Ministries, which he founded 15 years prior. Each week he runs seven services, reaching a global audience through social media platforms. Learn more about him and his ministry at regmorais.com.
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