Again, it seems as if we have not updated in a while, but God is doing amazing things. I just want to give testimony to something that happened last week. One of our friends here made us some dinner and we sat to talk with her and another guy on staff about how we have seen the Lord work. Talk ranged from the fallacy of Calvinism to the amazing power of the Lord working through healing, both physical and spiritual. After talking for about an hour, one of the guys, Ben, asked for prayer. It was almost a “I’ll take some of that” moment. We began by praying for his kidneys. Apparently, he was born with one kidney a lot larger than the other. Along with this, he was never able to sleep on his back because of the constant pain from his kidneys. As we were praying for this, Katie got a word to check his legs, and one was shorter than the other. So, she prayed and his leg grew to be the same length as the other. By the time we were done praying, his kidney pain was gone, and he has slept on his back since with no pain. We also prayed for his eyes to be healed so he would not have to wear glasses and scoliosis. In the other areas, he was instantly healed, but not his eyes.
While we were praying for Ben, another guy on staff named Richard came in and began praying with us. After we finished with Ben, he asked for prayer for his back and neck. He had trouble with them for a long time. As we prayed, my wife felt led to check his legs as well, and one leg was shorter before she prayed. We prayed several times and each time, Richard felt something happen, (muscles loosen, stiffness gone…). When we were done praying, he was not fully healed, but it felt better than it had in a while.
I do not know why both guys were not completely and instantaneously healed. I do not know why God had us do abnormal things like standing on a chair and picking Richard up and holding him in the air. But, I know that we were obedient to pray and do what He called us to do. These two guys had enough faith to ask for prayer, and they saw a measure of healing.
After we were done praying for these two, we sat around talking some more. Another girl came in and mentioned that she was having trouble with her neck and Sonya, the girl who made us dinner and the one we were talking with before the healing broke out was so filled with excitement to pray for her. We did not see anything happen then, but it was great to see how God reawakened the desire to pray for people because of what she had seen. Interestingly, two evenings later, we had a gathering of young adults here and one of the young men had a word to pray for someone with neck pain. It was the same girl that got prayer. Again, I do not know why she was not healed the first time, but God cared about her enough to reveal prophetically to someone to pray for her. In the end, I noticed something that was key to this whole situation.
These things happened because we began to speak and declare who God was. We were speaking about principles of healing, and the things that we saw God do on our trip and that led to Ben asking for prayer. We acted on it and saw Ben healed and this led to Richard’s healing. Before the young man gave this word, we had been sitting and talking about how good God was and I shared with Him the testimony of two nights earlier.
As we speak out the wonderful works of the Lord, it strengthens the faith in people and causes things to happen. God has called us to be witnesses of what we have seen and know to be true! The more we share this with the people around us, the more He is able to come and build the faith it takes for miracles to take place.
May our prayer be like the Apostles in Acts 4:29-31 (“Now, Lord, look on their threats, and grant to Your servants that with all boldness they may speak Your Word, by stretching out Your hand to heal, and that signs and wonders may be done through the name of Your holy Servant Jesus.” And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the Word of God with boldness.)
No matter what other may think or how they may feel about you, you are a witness and are called to speak of what you have seen and know to be true! Today, begin speaking boldly about the wonderful works of God and be obedient in whatever He calls you to say or do and watch Him do greater things still!!!
Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!