Prayer Request for Pastor Tim Keller

Join us in praying for Pastor Tim Keller who has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

Pastor Tim Keller hosted Ravi Zacharias, Michael Ramsden, and Sam Allberry for a training event for pastors with Redeemer City-to-City in New York in September 2016.

At RZIM we are deeply saddened to hear that Pastor Tim Keller has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, and we join with many others in praying for him and his wife, Kathy, and their family during this time.

Pastor Tim has been a friend to RZIM for many years, and has shaped our team in profound ways through his preaching, writing, and training. We thank God for Tim’s unique ministry and faithful example, and for the times we have been able to partner together in sharing the hope of the gospel in the U.S. and around the world.

Even as we mourn the recent loss of our founder, Ravi Zacharias, we continue to see expressions of God’s goodness and are reminded in new ways of our eternal hope. May God bring healing to our friend Tim, may He strengthen the Keller family, and may we all fix our eyes on Jesus during this difficult time in our nation and our world.

Earlier today, Tim Keller shared the following update. Please join us in lifting up these specific prayer requests:

Less than 3 weeks ago I didn’t know I had cancer. Today I’m headed to the National Cancer Institute at the NIH for additional testing before beginning chemotherapy for pancreatic cancer next week back in New York City.

I feel great and have no symptoms. It was what doctors call an “incidental pickup,” otherwise known as providential intervention. I have terrific human doctors, but most importantly I have the Great Physician himself caring for me. Though we have had times of shock and fear, God has been remarkably present with me through all the many tests, biopsies, and surgery of the past few weeks.

If you are willing to pray for me, here are things to pray for:

  • For God to use medical means or his direct intervention to make the cancer regress to the point of vanishing.
  • For Kathy and me, that we use this opportunity to be weaned from the joys of this world and to desire God’s presence above all.
  • For my family to be comforted and encouraged.
  • For the side effects of treatment to allow me to continue writing and speaking.

Running the race set before me with joy, because Jesus ran an infinitely harder race, with joy, for me. (Hebrews 12:1-2)


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