Urgent Prayer Request

Max Lucado | Leah MarieAnn Klett,

Pastor Max Lucado has asked for prayers after announcing he has been diagnosed with an ascending aortic aneurysm. The author said he is “trusting our heavenly Father” in the days ahead as he battles the “serious” condition.

Lucado, leader of ​​Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, Texas, recently shared the news on his website: “I want to take a moment to share with you some personal medical news. Recently I was diagnosed with an ascending aortic aneurysm. Because this is a serious condition, I wanted you to hear from me personally.”

“Though surgery is a possibility, none is planned at the moment. The current strategy is to wait, watch, and pray that the aneurysm doesn’t increase any further in size. I am maintaining my normal routines and commitments; my ministry is undisturbed by this news,” he continued.

The 66-year-old author said he feels “fine” and is “under the care of an outstanding medical team” and “in the hands of a good God.”

“For now, please know that I am fully trusting our heavenly Father. I am grateful for your prayers for me and for my family,” he concluded.

Johns Hopkins defines an ascending aortic aneurysm as an “abnormal bulging and weakening in your aorta at the point before the curve.”

“If an aortic aneurysm ruptures, it can cause life-threatening bleeding. An aneurysm at risk for rupture needs surgical repair,” it notes.

In a video message accompanying the announcement, Lucado said he received his diagnosis “within the last two weeks.”

“To be honest, it is a serious issue because the aneurysm or the bulge in the aorta is quite sizable,” he said.