At a recent local Church prayer meeting I became aware that one of the attendees was in considerable discomfort and I felt prompted to pray for them. The leader was following the usual format for the meeting so I decided to pray for this person whilst the other prayer topics were being dealt with. The person in discomfort was sitting about 1.5 metres from me at the other end of a settee so I merely held my hand towards them with the palm facing them and prayed silently for Jesus to take away the discomfort and bring healing.
Towards the end of the meeting another person prayed for someone else at the meeting at which point I was thinking ‘we should be laying hands on that person’.
When the meeting finished I asked the person who I had silently prayed for if their pain had gone. They said “Yes”. I said that I had prayed for them and they replied “I know”. This was interesting as generally the attendees prayed with heads down and eyes closed!! I then went on to say to this person that I felt we should be praying and laying hands on the other person who had been prayed for. They replied “yes”. I then approached this other person and asked if they would like us to pray and lay hands on them. Again, a positive response, so we both laid hands on the individual and prayed for their healing.
Five days after this meeting I spoke with the second person we prayed for to ask how they were feeling. They replied that they felt fine, their chemical imbalance had stabilised and they had been discharged from the clinic they were attending.
The lesson of God’s goodness for me in this situation was –
Firstly – that I was prompted (by God) to pray for the person in discomfort.
Secondly – God answered the prayer. The person I prayed for had relief from pain and knew that this was because they had been prayed for, although they had not been approached to see if they wanted prayer. God had made me aware of the need though. No one else in the group was aware that this had taken place as it was all done silently. Note – I had previously prayed for this person so knew there would be no issue if I did it again.
Thirdly – the prayer meeting I attended was a regular one where it was not usual to interrupt the flow of prayer and it was unusual to physically lay hands on individuals and pray for them. Therefore to me it was a ”risk” (a spiritual risk) to suggest this but over recent times I have become more and more aware that as part of the Healing Ministry we need to take risks and the more we take the greater will be the instances of healings. This is a fundamental teaching from many national and international figures that are involved in the Healing Ministry and who see many healings and miracles as part of their work. By taking this risk I saw a very positive response not only from the person needing the prayer but also from other members of this prayer group and I hope that this may start a move toward a style of prayer as Jesus taught his disciples and which the group can learn from.