Port Huron, Michigan. “Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours” (Mt 11:23-24). Our Lord wants us to trust Him fully, to “go big or go home” with our prayers. When it comes to healing in the name of Jesus, we do so with full confidence that our God can do anything, the biggest things, impossible things. As we will see from this testimony of healing, He will do just that when we pray with bold confidence:
This report comes from SPSE evangelist John in Michigan:
“I joined the SPSE team at an Awaken! Event in Port Huron this past weekend. Adoration was beautiful and the presenter had an engaging story to tell. Afterwards we manned the SPSE table. One woman came up and glanced at the table as she was passing by on her way out of the door. I asked “What can we pray for you?”. “Oh, I’m ok” she said, “I do have a bad knee but there’s nothing we can do about that”. I said, “Well, let’s pray for your knee then.” “Really?” she said. “ Absolutely! Not only will we pray for it, but I expect God to heal it” She seemed skeptical. I told her that God wants to heal her and that we see healings at SPSE events all the time.
Because she was unfamiliar with healing prayer, I explained to her what I was going to do. I said that I would thank the Father for her, that I would invite the Holy Spirit to minister to her situation and finally that I would command healing in Jesus’ name. I then asked her to let me know if, during prayer, she felt any heat, cold tingling or anything else.
She agreed to allow me to pray for her, so with her permission I put my hand on her knee and prayed. I thanked Abba for her life and for her work in His vineyard. “Was your knee hurt due to some sort of trauma?” I asked. “Yes” she said. “Was it a car accident?” “Yes” she said once more. “And it was the other person who was at fault?”. She started to ask “Yes – how did….” I cut her short and asked her if she would be willing to forgive the other person in Jesus’ name. She agreed to do so. Afterwards, I invited the Holy Spirit to minister to her and commanded the knee to be healed in Jesus’ name. She began to feel heat and said that her knee had “loosened up a bit”. We prayed in to the sensation. She said he knee was feeling better but that the problem was that her knee was locked and she could not completely straighten out her leg. I prayed for the tendons behind her knee to loosen and could feel her knee straighten a bit more in my hands. I asked her to try it out.
“It’s better.” she said. “Is it just better, or is it completely healed?” I asked. She said, “Well, it’s definitely a little better”. “A little better? Oh no!” I said. “What?” she asked concerned. I said, “I’m so sorry… I must have been praying to the wrong God because our God isn’t a ‘little’ God who only does little healings.” She laughed, so I continued to pray “Jesus, we thank you for partial healing, but you are not a partial God; you are fully God and so we ask for a full healing.”
We prayed for another 30 seconds or so until the knee was completely healed.”
Praised be Jesus Christ! He fills our cup to overflowing (Ps 23:5), and does not ration His gift of the Spirit (Jn 3:34). We should not be “men of two minds” (James 1:8), but trust completely that the Lord can heal when we ask Him to in prayer. Are we surprised when the Lord heals? Do we have such little faith? Trust boldly in the Lord, for the power to heal does not come from us, but Him. We are merely His vessels, conduits through whom He acts.
The evangelist is certainly bold, but the approach of claiming in advance that God will heal someone seems presumptuous.
Given what was said, if there was not a complete healing, the woman could conclude, as suggested, that God is indeed a “little God.”
How can the woman assess whether she has been completely healed without any examination of the injured tissues or opportunity to subject the knee to to normal stresses? I do not believe we should claim healings unless they have been medically verified.
One could say that it appears that God healed her or at least temporarily relieved her pain.