This is very difficult for me to write. The only reason I ever went public about my illness is it became absolutely necessary. I don’t like health updates. They seem so self-serving. Of course I want prayer, but who needs gory details?
Please read the following verses so you’ll better understand what I am about to tell you.
Philippians 2: 25 “Yet I considered it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus, my brother, fellow worker, and fellow soldier, but your messenger and the one who ministered to my need; 26 since he was longing for you all, and was distressed because you had heard that he was sick. 27 For indeed he was sick almost unto death; but God had mercy on him, and not only on him but on me also, lest I should have sorrow upon sorrow. 28 Therefore I sent him the more eagerly, that when you see him again you may rejoice, and I may be less sorrowful. 29 Receive him therefore in the Lord with all gladness, and hold such men in esteem; 30 because for the work of Christ he came close to death, not regarding his life, to supply what was lacking in your service toward me.”
So much of what I want to tell you is packed in these verses.
My first point is found in verse 26: “since he was longing for you all, and was distressed because you had heard that he was sick.”
Epaphroditus was more concerned for those who were distressed by his illness than he was about his illness. Likewise, I only want to write to reassure anyone who has been concerned about my illness. I am deeply grateful for your prayers and your love.
So here is the latest: I can now walk for about 3-4 minutes. Doesn’t sound that great but believe me it is. I have a way to go, but I come a long,long way.
Now about my healing. Verse 27 says, “For indeed he was sick almost unto death; but God had mercy on him.” This is the most important thing we will ever learn about divine healing: It’s all about mercy, Paul was right to call it mercy. It is not a coincidence that blind Bartmaeus screamed, “Jesus, son of David, have mercy on me.”
Healing is an act of mercy no matter how much we try to make it an obligation. When I see people yell at God and badger Him about how He has to heal them I cringe. Even though my healing is progressive, I am overcome by God’s mercy on me.
Verse 30 helped me understand how I got injured. I overdid it. So did Epaphroditus. Paul makes that very clear, and then inserts a not so subtle correction on the Philippians: “because for the work of Christ he came close to death, not regarding his life, to supply what was lacking in your service toward me.” Epaphroditus exhausted himself making up for what others neglected. So did I. Here’s why…
Soul winning has fallen into disfavor among some big name preachers. That is why the field is so great and the laborers are so few. But working myself into exhaustion to make up for that neglect, was not wise. But there is an even greater reason I was attacked.
Satan viciously attacked my body because of Las Vegas. I can’t let go of that fact. What did he fear would happen while I was there? Now here are the verses that explain what I am going to do.
Acts 14:2,3 says “But the unbelieving Jews stirred up the Gentiles and poisoned their minds against the brethren. Therefore, they stayed there a long time, speaking boldly in the Lord, who was bearing witness to the word of His grace, granting signs and wonders to be done by their hands.”
The word that jumped out at me in Acts 14 is the word THEREFORE. The devil tried to stop them, therefore they stayed. So here is my announcement: I am going to Las Vegas no matter what. We will do nothing else until we are done in Las Vegas.
I brought my leaders to my house and told them, “Satan has attacked me. He is telling me to stay away from Las Vegas.” Then I challenged them, “What are we going to do about it?!” They wholeheartedly agreed—Satan will not stop us from going to Las Vegas.
Then I contacted the leaders and workers in Las Vegas and told them our plan. I thought their disappointment would hurt our momentum. Instead, it has boomeranged on the devil. It has increased the size of our outreach. Now, it will be bigger, stronger and deeper than our original plan. This short delay will have devastating effects on the powers of darkness.
Allowing for more than reasonable time for my full recovery here is what we are doing:
On Saturday April 14th at noon, a large number of pastors and leaders will meet with me for lunch. The luncheon is at Grapevine fellowship located at 800 North Bruce Street Las Vegas Nevada 89101. Please reserve seats for you and your group by calling 775 238 3473 or go to mariomurillo.org
The tent meeting will begin on Mother’s day, Sunday May 13 and go till Friday the 18th. We are coming fully charged with the power of God. We have boots on the ground! Soldiers are coming to our side. This Living Proof Tent Crusade will feature the widest range of ministries to touch human need we have ever seen.
We will open the flood gates of heaven in the abyss of human suffering in this city. Never—and I mean never—has the fire for winning souls burned so hot within me. Devil, you did your worst. Now, in Las Vegas, we will do our best.
To all of you who have sacrificed and given to this holy cause…rest assured, your seed will now produce an even greater harvest. Fasten your seat belt…things are about to get amazing.
This is a new prayer alert. We are asking prayer for Mario Murillo. We are facing a fresh challenge. As we have reported to you, he was improving, but something happened two days ago.
The pain reappeared—not by any accident, but mysteriously—even though Mario followed a strict regimen required for recovery. The cause is unknown to doctors but not to God. That is why we are appealing to all of the friends of this ministry for fervent prayer. We need a miracle.
We will never give glory to the enemy but we do recognize when he attacks. Paul said in 1 Thessalonians 2: 18: “We wanted to come to you—I, Paul, tried over and over again—and Satan stopped us.”
This is a vicious attack to stop soul winning. In this dark time for our nation, Satan is fully aware of the historic doors to win the lost that have opened to Mario Murillo Ministries. Just as our voice was about to heard, he attacked.
We are asking for you to pray specifically. Mario is keen on finding the root cause of his condition so that he can prevent it in the future. If it is to be through a doctor—pray, we find the right doctor. We need a physician who is not focused on injections and surgery but on a wider understanding of the spine and hip.
Ask for an instantaneous healing so that God may be glorified in the immediate restoration of our momentum to win the lost.
We need special prayer for Mechelle Murillo. The constant care of her husband can be exhausting. We do not need the evil one to create anymore health issues. Pray for her strength. Pray protection over her. Pray she is able to rest.
Ministries that preach the Gospel with signs and wonders are often hesitant to report illness. That has never been Mario’s style. He believes in total transparency. If you can trust us to tell you the truth about attacks, you can also trust us when we tell you about miracles. After all, we are in a war and the Bible says, “we have this treasure in earthen vessels.”
Mario’s spirit is not broken. In fact, this attack is building a fire in his soul to take even greater vengeance on the devil by winning even more souls and seeing more miracles of healing.
Your prayers are far more urgent than you know. Paul said, “For I know that this will turn out for my deliverance through your prayer and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ.” – Philippians 1:19. Through your prayers knitted with ours, we shall see a miracle. Thank you for praying and for sharing this alert with others. God bless you! -MMM
We are coming to Las Vegas to win the lost and heal the sick on a scale we have never known. We are going where gangs operate. We are going where addicts languish. We are going where the homeless sit in despair. This Living Proof Tent Crusade will feature the widest range of ministries we have ever assembled.
We are going in the power of God. Our mission, is to open the flood gates of heaven on the abyss of human suffering. Never—and I mean never—has the fire for winning souls burned so hot within me.
Satan knew all of this, and viciously attacked me. Many of you know what happened. After standing for 4 crusade services back to back—some lasting 3 hours—I felt a strange pain in my left leg and spine. After a long flight home it became excruciating.
This is extremely rare. I have been blessed with strength to endure brutal schedules for over 50 years. I have flown 6 million miles on American Airlines. That doesn’t the miles on many other airlines.
This became the greatest test ever. After 3 doctors, X-rays, cat scan, and an MRI they were still guessing about the source of my pain.
The amount of intercession that has gone up for me is humbling and convicting. This ordeal hardened my resolve. I told Satan, “there is no version of this where you win.” I confessed, that the same power that flows in our meetings, will overshadow me through the prayers of the saints.
While doctors theorize, God works. Every time people pray over me, the pain decreases and mobility increases. Could I have been instantaneously healed? Of course! But a healing is a healing no matter how it comes.
There is something I am looking forward to. It drives my recovery. On Saturday April 14th we will serve lunch to pastors and leaders in the Las Vegas area. It will be my honor to open my heart about the miracle I expect in April. The luncheon is free but we need your reservation to order the food. Call 775 238 3473 to reserve your place at this luncheon.
Not only this, but that night we will have a night of miracles and worship that is open to the public.
Advertisers say what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas. We say, what happens here will not stay here! It will not stay in Vegas or even in Nevada. Lord let revival fire sweep the land!