Healing by the Fire of the Holy Spirit
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I'd never seen anyone healed because I prayed for them until 2007. By then I had decided that the Lord would never use me for healing and so had all but given up. I was in church on Sunday morning in Qingdao (NE China) singing hymns/songs with 200 other expats (and singing privately in tongues too) and noticed Tom seated a few rows in front of me. Tom was a high school teacher at a local foreign Christian school and I didn't know it at the time but he was about to be appointed principal of a Christian school in another part of China.
As I looked over at Tom, he appeared to be in pain so I prayed for him. After the service he was seated on his own and I asked him if he was OK. No, he had a very bad back and would have to lie down at home for the rest of the day. He had had this problem for some years and it came on him quite regularly. I asked him if he would like prayer and he agreed. So I put my hand on the part of the back with the problem and prayed, partly in tongues. When I finished, he stood up, shook my hand and thanked me and we went our separate ways.
The following evening our family went to the German restaurant for dinner. When we walked through the front door, there was a party of foreign Christians at a long table. Tom was one of them. He saw me come in and came over to me.
"Do you remember yesterday?" he said to me. "You prayed for me and my back was instantly healed as you prayed. I felt a fire go out of your hands and into my back. When I stood up at the end, I shook your hand because I expected your hand to be hot but it was cold!"
I laughed and replied, "That was the Holy Spirit, not me. I'm just a conduit. And I'm delighted you are healed."
I was not only delighted for Tom but now for the first time in my 38 years as a Christian, I had seen the Spirit work through me in this area. I had a niggling fear that maybe Tom's healing was only temporary and so the next Sunday I asked how he was. No recurrences. A month later. Nothing. Three months later. No problem. Six months later he was appointed principal and left the area, no back problems. By then I was convinced it had been a true healing.
Once. If it only happens once in my life, I'm happy that Tom was the guy.