|Posted by firstname.lastname@example.org on May 30, 2016 at 9:10 PM|
It was a very cold English morning and I was waiting for my son in the school playground. I was freezing and put on anything I could find just to go pick him up and run back home again. It was a day I wasn't in a talkative mood. So I stood there, waiting. Soon, my friend came around the corner and was noticeably hopping along on one foot. What in the world is wrong I asked her. She said her foot had been in severe pain and she could not even put her foot down to touch the ground because of the excruciating pain. The doctors wanted to perform surgery to fix it and she was not happy about it.
As I stood there listening to her, the Holy Spirit nudged me to pray for her. I have to admit that at first I didn't want to, not there, there were so many athiest parents at that school and they'd see me praying and I wasn't comfortable plus I wasn't sure what my friend's beliefs were either. But he nudged me again, pray for her.
So I said, "hey so I've been part of a healing ministry with a group from a church and we pray for healing..." As soon as I finished the sentence she said, "Yes! will you pray for me!"
I said, uh okay.. part of me couldn't believe she actually wanted prayer!
She continued on to ask if I would pray right there and then in the middle of the playground for her foot. Again, I hate to admit it but I felt akward, but I said yes and I sqatted down, put my hand on her foot and said, "Jesus please heal her foot" and I shot back up. I'm not sure if that was considered a prayer even. When I looked around, the playground was full of parents. She was so thankful. As soon as my son came over and we all said goodbye and I left and she hopped along.
What I didn't expect was her phone call that night. She called to tell me she was completely healed!! She was really shocked.. as I was. Her foot began to heal as we left each other earlier in the day. She kept saying that I healed it as if with some sort of mystical power. I told her I cant heal a fly, that it was the name and power of Jesus. He was there nudging me to pray for her and He obviously wanted her healed that day. Why? well, the next few days I was able to share the Gospel with her and she ended going back to church and her faith was sparked again. All from Jesus healing her.
As the title of this blog says, sometimes Jesus saves healings for God's glory. He told us this in the story of Mary, Martha and Lazarus, his dear friends. Lazarus was sick and dying and the sisters had sent word to Jesus. Everyone was worried, the sisters requested that Jesus hurry up and come see him but Jesus did not. He took his time and He said this instead,
“Lazarus’s sickness will not end in death. No, it happened for the glory of God so that the Son of God will receive glory from this.” 5 So although Jesus loved Martha, Mary, and Lazarus, 6 he stayed where he was for the next two days. John 11:4
They finally got word that Lazarus had died. Everyone was very sad and Jesus finally said lets head over to them. When Jesus got there, everyone was crying and in mourning. Lazarus sisters told Jesus if He had been there that Lazarus would not have died. But Jesus knew that this was a chance for a miracle, a chance for people to see God's glory and mighty power to save and heal.
After Lazarus was dead for 4 days, Jesus went to the tomb. He said this to Mary, “Didn’t I tell you that you would see God’s glory if you believe?”
He prayed and called out to Lazarus and Lazarus came out of the tomb, ALIVE! (See the full story in John 11)
The result of that miracle was that many people then believed in Jesus as the son of God and there is no going to heaven for anyone without faith in the son of God.
In John 9, Jesus healed a blind man as well and when they first saw the blind man, his disciples asked Jesus who had sinned the man or the man's parents to cause his blindness. Jesus had a similar answer, "It was not because of his sins or his parents’ sins,” Jesus answered. “This happened so the power of God could be seen in him.
As with my friend, some healings are there for us to unlock and show the glory of God and the power of Jesus name. May we who believe in Jesus Christ have the boldness to keep praying and seeking out glory healings and miracles for the glory of God to be witnessed by all!