Not everyone we pray for is healed …… YET.
Written in my bible is the date, 15th July 2015, with the names of three people . An 8 year old girl who was registered blind, a young father confined to a wheelchair after a spinal injury and his 7 year old daughter.
I love telling stories of people being healed and set free through encountering God however this story is about a moment that wrecked me, marked me and changed my heart.
I was part of a ‘healing’ team, a large number of people had been experiencing the love and power of God, it seemed at one point that everyone who came were being healed. Others were being filled with Holy Spirit, there was a lot of laughing and celebrating.
It was amidst this that the 8 year old girl was brought along by her friend, we prayed for some time and nothing seemed to change, she thanked us and left, still blind. I didn’t have time to register how I felt as we were back to praying for others. Then came the Father in his wheelchair and his daughter, we prayed for some time and again nothing appeared to happen, he was wheeled away, still paralysed. His daughter came running back to me, her deep brown eyes looked deeply into mine, as she repeatedly said ‘thank you for praying for my Daddy, thank you for praying for my Daddy’. I held back my tears, we talked for a while and then she skipped off along side her Fathers wheel chair.
Turning back into the ‘healing tent’, trying to put aside what I was feeling, I couldn’t. I felt angry, disappointed and then a deep wave of compassion filled my heart as I found myself saying over and over again ‘it’s not ok, that is not ok’. It was in that moment that I responded to what I felt Heaven was placing in my heart. I made the decision to commit myself, without reservation, to join in the battle to see healing fully re established as central to the good news of the Kingdom.
What I have been learning since then is that It is a battle motivated by love and fought from a place of rest by Sons and Daughters who are full of an outrageously glorious hope because they know their Heavenly Father to be outrageously gloriously good.
Walking this path means carrying a resolute refusal to give in or back down and a determination to push boundaries, seeing the realities of Heaven being released. It means taking risks so that people can live in the benefit of all that Jesus paid for, lives lived to their fullest potential and the freedom that comes from being made whole in every way.
Victory in this area brings great moments of celebration and tears of joy, defeat brings tears of a different kind such is the undulating battle ground those who have signed up for this fight find themselves on. ltimately it is a journey of courage, full of glorious adventures in faith.
The truth is everyone that came to Jesus was healed and in Acts 5 everyone brought to the Apostles were healed. Our responsibility, when we become aware of truth, is to accept nothing less than what has been demonstrated as possible, as normal, and to go after it until we see it.
Our responsibility is to not give up or back down, it is being real with God and dealing with disappointments. It is having the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen, it is having an assurance about things we cannot see.
It is dreaming big with a good and compassionate God
It is Jesus getting everything that He paid for.
It is Sons and Daughters of a good good Father knowing who they are, whose they are and the authority they carry.
It is knowing that it is always Gods will to heal.
It is knowing ……. it is POSSIBLE.
Jesus said ‘heal the sick’. He never asks us to do anything that He won’t back up.
Simply believe ….