The first time I saw someone healed-like, right in front of my eyes-was in 1996.
Have you ever seen a father showing his little boy how to swing a baseball bat? He’ll stand close behind him, reach around him, and get his hands on the bat too. Someone will lob a few slow pitches, and the Dad will swing with his son at the ball.
That’s how it was for me the first time I prayed for someone to be healed..
One Wednesday evening after Bible Study at church, a man named Bruce came up to me and told me his wife was in the prayer room, wanting me to pray for her.
When he and I walked into the prayer room, I just stopped. The Presence of the Lord was in that little room. I looked at Bruce-a no nonsense Baptist kind of guy-and said, Whooa! God’s in here! Bruce looked at me with big eyes and nodded, Uh-Huh.
There was a group of women in there, all gathered around Bruce’s wife.
Pat was having a lot of back pain, and wanted me to pray for her. I thought, Ok…but why me? I’ve never done this!
I nodded ok, walked up to her, and started praying the lamest prayer ever. God immediately healed her back, but I just kept praying away, cluelessly.
It was my very first swing of the bat. I had no clue what I was doing, but my Heavenly Father wanted me to get in the game. He had everything set up. He had His hands on mine when I swung at the ball. Heck, He even lobbed the pitch for me. He swung alright, but I got to swing with Him.
Healing is important to the Lord. Jesus healed all who came to him, refusing no one. He has provided for our healing with the brokenness of His own body. Healing is so important to Him that one of the gifts of the Holy Spirit is the gift of healing. The prayer of faith is a powerful thing.
If you have healing stories, I would love to hear them!