Monday, 18 October 2010

Baby steps to greater breakthrough!

You may have read before about conversations I've had with God to do with wanting to see the deaf hear and the blind see, and how God has reminded me regularly that in order to see the deaf hear and the blind see, I'm going to have to pray for some deaf and blind people! Well a few weeks ago now, whilst out on a treasure hunt, I feel like I made some baby steps to seeing greater breakthrough!

The first baby step came when I spotted a guy walking with a white cane. When we looked more closely we saw that he also had two hearing aids. Where in previous treasure hunts I would have avoided speaking to this man due to a mixture of unbelief and fear, this time me and another team member approached him to have a chat. He was such a lovely guy who was so open to chatting. As we came to the end of our conversation we offered to pray for him. He said he'd rather we didn't just then, but that we could once he'd gone. So that's what we did.

Later the same day we saw a guy in a wheelchair with only one leg. One of my map clues was 'one leg'. Again, where before I would have bottled it, this time I went to chat to the guy. We had an amazing chat. This guy was so open and welcoming. It turns out that he was an incredible athlete having played for the UK wheelchair basketball team! I told him that I'd heard of stories about people with missing limbs seeing them grow back through prayer and although he didn't doubt it, he was used to his one leg and didn't want prayer for it's healing. I prayed instead for him for general life stuff.

This Sunday just gone, was another baby step. I got to pray for a friend of mine with a very nasty rash over her body. It's incurable and incredibly itchy. As we prayed for the rash to go in Jesus' name, we kept our eyes on it in order to see it disappear in the moment - The very fact that that's what I was expecting felt different! We've got to start seeing skin conditions clear up instantaneously as we pray at King's Arms! It's only going to be a matter of time.

Just some of the examples of baby steps I'm taking to see greater breakthrough. The fun thing is that with each baby step, we're that bit closer! So much fun.

Monday, 4 October 2010

Google search - 'Backs healed'

Last week at the beginning of church we were encouraged, as we usually are, to find someone we'd never met before to say hi to. I spotted a couple a few rows back from me who I didn't recognise so I went to introduce myself. Fortunately, this wasn't one of those awkward moments where they'd actually been attending King's Arms for years. This was their very first Sunday and they were just visiting.

As the worship kicked off, Simon came over to me to say that we were going to be giving individual prophetic words from the front at the very end of the service and could I ask God for some. I decided that I'd ask God to speak to me about the couple I'd just met, as well as a few other faces I didn't recognise.

At the end of the service, I picked the couple out (after having prophesied over a girl I'd not met before stuff that didn't really make any sense to her - we hear in part!) and asked the guy if he played rugby? He said 'no'. I then asked him had he ever played rugby before? He said, 'not since being at school.' I explained to him that I'd seen a picture of him kicking a rugby ball and then a picture of a spine and that I felt God was highlighting that he suffered with a bad back. I asked him, 'do you suffer with a bad back?' He said, 'yes' with a slight smile on his face. His fiance immediately became tearful. We began to pray for healing.

I think we prayed about 5 times in all and the pain that this guy had been suffering with for around 10 years got slightly less (thank you Jesus!) He wasn't totally healed which was disappointing, but him and his fiance were hugely encouraged...It turns out that when they'd decided to go and visit another church just as a one off, the fiance had done a Google search of 'local churches - bad backs healed'. A recorded story from King's Arms had come up which they both listened too. Off the back of the story they'd decided to come and visit us specifically so that this guy could get his back prayed for.

What I love about God is that in His kindness He orchestrated events that morning to show the couple that He'd gone before them. Before they'd even had the chance to ask for prayer, He'd picked them out, identifying their specific need. The guy told us that he'd been really struggling with not being healed and that he'd been asking questions of God - 'Are you still there?' 'Are you hearing me?'. Last Sunday he got his answer. An emphatic YES!

Let's contend together for his complete healing!