Praise God! There are so many testimonies of the Lord’s goodness from this past week! The tent is cruising along wonderfully. People are being radically encountered by the love of Jesus and I am just so blessed that I get to be a part of this historic event.
A few nights ago, myself and three friends, who are here staffing the tent for the first time, felt led by the Holy Spirit to go and pray for people in the Emergency Room at one of the hospitals here in town. So, after the corporate set that night at the tent, we all jumped in a taxi and headed to the hospital not knowing what God had in store. To start off the divine encounters that night, our taxi driver was a believer who had escaped from Afghanistan. As he drove, we were able to bless him and pray that God would bring peace to his country.
It was pouring down rain, as we pulled up to the ER entrance. The four of us huddled under the entrance unsure of what to do next, so we asked the Lord for guidance, that His will would be done that night. As we said “Amen”, immediately we found an elderly woman leaning against the stair rail, clutching her heart and gasping for breath. Her face was contorted and as we rushed to help she gasped that she was “having a stroke”. Laying hands on her, we all started to pray. Claiming healing in Jesus name, immediately her symptoms disappeared and her face returned to normal. As we continued to pray in tongues, she began to praise and bless the Lord, and we all thanked Him for His goodness. It seemed the Lord had one divine encounter after another planned for us that night.
It was so incredible the amount of favor we were shown by the security officers, doctors, and nurses. Coming in the door we told the security officer at the front desk that we were Christians who had come to pray for whoever wanted to receive prayer. We were then greeted by the nurse in charge and she told us to actually go right ahead back into the rooms where patients were staying. As security unlocked the door for us, we headed past several rooms to the nurses station. One of them greeted us and as we explained what we were doing there, we asked if there was a specific patient we should start with. He said “Yes absolutely, you should head to room number 7 first.” We walked around the corner and drew back the curtain. There was an elderly woman laying in the bed looking like she was in a lot of pain. We introduced ourselves and she looked back at us curiously. “Are you born again?” she asked. We laughed and said yes. She smiled and then introduced herself to us. She said her name was Evelyn and she was not only a fellow believer, but a traveling evangelist and minister of the gospel. She was having heart trouble and tremendous pain and cramping in her legs so she couldn’t walk. As we prayed, her pain immediately left and her body relaxed. We talked with Evelyn for a long time; she told us testimonies of how she had seen God move over the years, healing many and raising people from the dead as she ministered in South Africa.
It was like this for every person we prayed for that night. One after the other, headaches leaving, spotty and blurred vision clearing, chest pain disappearing, swollen legs recovering. But it wasn’t just the healing that amazed me that night. Even more than that, it just felt so good to bless people. I found so much joy loving on complete strangers. This..this felt so right. Presenting Jesus in such-a-tangible-way. And we weren’t afraid! We were so calm and filled with boldness and fresh faith to see God move in each and every situation. He is always with us as we step out in faith.
As I was praying more about what happened that night, the Lord continued to speak to me. He brought me back to John chapter 14 (one of my favorite passages in the bible), where Jesus is addressing His disciples before He’s arrested. He makes them a promise- John 14:12-14 “Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. 13 And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.” That’s a promise directly from Jesus to us. We need only have the faith to stand on his unfailing word, and he will prove himself true. Every time.