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What Wondrous Love Is This?

What Wondrous Love Is This?

A couple of weeks ago, I was at my son Ryan’s basketball game.  Just before the game started, a friend of mine asked me if I would prayer for her because her neck was hurting and she had heard that I had prayed for a few people recently who received healing.  So I put my hand on the back of her neck and prayed for healing.  The whole thing lasted less than a minute.  Afterwards she told me that her neck felt warm and better.  I wasn’t sure exactly what she meant by that, but I took it at face value that she felt a little better but nothing dramatically different.

Last night at another basketball game, she told me that she had been in a lot of pain before we prayed and that she has experience no pain in her neck since.  Well, that’s amazing isn’t it?  My friend believes she was healed by faith and, more importantly, she believes that the Lord touched her just to show her how much he loves her.  For my friend, it’s personal, sort of like receiving a Valentine’s gift from someone who loves you.  The healing she received is very real, but the love of God that produced the healing, is the more substantial and powerful gift that she received.

One of the things that is interesting to me about her healing is that the Lord responded to her faith and my faith and still made a little miracle happen.  My friend and I know each other well.  Even though she asked me to pray for her, I don’t really think she believed that she would be healed.   Even if she had heard that I had prayed for other people who received healing, she could not have had much faith that my prayer would really make a difference.  After all she knows me and has known me for a long time — there’s nothing in our past that would give her any confidence that something supernatural would result from my prayer.

Senior Buds

Senior Buds

For my part, she is my friend, and we are at a basketball game, surrounded by lots of other people making lots of noise.  When she asked for prayer there was nothing about her request or the look on her face that would inspire confidence.  Honestly, even though her request was sincere and she did look like she really wanted to be healed, there was nothing about the time, place, setting, or anything else that suggest healing might really happen.

I suppose what I am getting at is neither one of us had much faith that she we would be healed.  Really, I would say her faith and my faith were very small, maybe even as small as a mustard seed?

So my take away is this:  God loves us very much and if we give him even a slight opening he pours through it with love.  From my friend’s point of view, you can be sure that she has no higher opinion of me or my level of faith than she did before, nor is she impressed with the level of her own faith.  She is, however, impressed with a lingering assurance of God’s very personal love for her.

A few weeks ago, a few of us were on a “Treasure Hunt” (I will have to explain what a treasure hunt is in another post).  Four of us were together, a little before 9pm on a Wednesday night, walking through the parking lot on our way into a local Walmart.  As we approached the entrance to the Walmart, a man exited the Walmart passing to our right.  I called out to him, “Sir” and he kept walking.  I called out a second time, “Sir” and caught his attention.  As he stopped and turned toward me, I asked him if he had a problem with his ankle.  He said, “No, why do I ask”?  I told him that I thought I noticed that he was limping slightly. He went on to tell us that he did not have a problem with his ankle but both of his knees give him problems.  In fact, he said, “I am going to have surgery on my left knee tomorrow morning”.  I asked him if we could pray for him and he gave us permission to do so.  I asked him if we could put our hands on each of his knees as we prayed and he agreed to let us do so.

So we gathered around him and began to pray for him right there in the Walmart parking lot in the very cold air.  I put my hand on his left knee and one of the other people with me put his hand on the other knee. We prayed for a few seconds and then I asked him (his name was Jerome), if he could feel anything going on in his body in response to our prayer.  He said, “Yes, I can feel heat in both of my knees”.  I told him the reason he can feel heat in his knees is because Jesus is healing him.  I asked him if he would mind walking around and to try to do something with his knees that he could not do before to demonstrate that he was  healed.

Before doing so, Jerome asked, “How did you find me?”  He said, “I am not even supposed to be here.  I live somewhere else and there is a Walmart much closer to my home.  I don’t even know why I am here.  I have never been here before.  I came to this Walmart and I am not sure why.  I went in to the store, but I didn’t buy anything.  Then I walked out of the store and here you are.  This is so strange.” He was absolutely undone and could not understand what was going on.

I told Jerome he had to walk around to see if he was better.  He began to walk and then he started lifting his knees up in the air.  He told us his knees were feeling much better and that he didn’t think he needed surgery anymore.  None of us had ever seen Jerome before and we haven’t had any contact with him since we prayed for him.  So we don’t know whether he canceled the surgery, whether he had the surgery or what has become of him.  We do know he believed at the time we were with him that he received healing to his knees,  But more importantly, he experienced an overwhelming sense of awe that somehow God had mysteriously arranged everything about our encounter with him and it made him feel almost as if he had stepped into a different reality.  Of course we know that different reality is the Kingdom of God, which is very near and spinning our world around.

On January 30, 2015, the Alleluia Community Healing Team held a healing service at Sacred Heart Church in Warner Robbins, Georgia.  There were about 250 people present and somewhere between 35 to 40 people received instantaneous healing of various problems.  Many of those who were healed gave public testimony of their healing.  Some of those present were healed of long standing problems, things they had suffered with for a number of years.  Some of the reported healings were of relatively small things, others were healed of more substantial illnesses or injuries.  However the one common denominator for all those who gave testimony to their healing was their very strong sense of God’s love for them.  For each of them, it was very personal.  Certainly the healings were important, but the love of God overshadowed the healings.

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