Healing momentum burst forth when Mary, my wife, and other church members attended a healing conference presented by Charles and Frances Hunter. Over the years, we together experienced the marvelous ministries of several evangelists. In this case, an entire group from our little church in Central Florida attended the conference and came back beautifully primed to pray for healing.
Mary enjoyed the breakaway experience, and we were accustomed to working together in ministry. We prayed together as husband and wife when the team returned to minister in the church that coming Sunday morning.
Agnes Sanford called this anointing, "The Healing Light."
A suffering woman with a brain tumor whom the doctor initially diagnosed as ready for surgery asked us to pray for her. The anointing overpowered her and she fell safely to the floor. Power flowed in an amazing, direct beam from the hand held above the woman's head to her brain as she lay on the church's blue carpet. Her doctor found no brain tumor remaining that week when she returned for her appointment.
It's not always necessary to touch a person when God's healing power is flowing. People can then see that Jesus is the one who is healing. Otherwise, it is important to touch people very lightly so you don't appear to use human force.
Let God's power be God's power, not man's.
Surprisingly, the woman was additionally healed of arm, leg, and hip difficulties. Her legs readjusted through further prayer to their correct position. In a restaurant later that evening as she was seated, she discovered her tail bone was healed. Previously, it normally caused her discomfort, but now it did not!
Jesus is a carpenter who used tools to fashion and polish beautiful furniture. Did you ever see the tools try to claim credit for the carpenter's creation? Man speaks the word, but God performs the healing. Give the Glory to God!
The primary ingredient of healing is the sweet anointing presence of the Holy Spirit. He glides in on the Word spoken and the people's worship to cause the healing power of Jesus. A humble church body with living faith and expressive love will experience more of the healing ministries than a church body bound in religious disbelief or lukewarm apathy. Jesus commanded healing.
“As you go, preach, saying, 'The kingdom of heaven is at hand.' Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons (Matt. 10:7-8 NKJ).
“Freely you have received, freely give.”
Healing is so much God's work that we must listen for the invitation of God or the invitation of the person suffering. Yes, God responds when the humble, themselves, ask for help. The minister of healing must keep his ear attuned to both God and man through compassionate love. Often, the more impossible the situation, the more likely God will act.
The pastor must also be willing to protect his flock.
The Holy Spirit may pour forth a wondrous revival of the healing gifts on a church. Sometimes, jealous members will attempt to squelch the move of the Spirit. But the healing love of Jesus works through his humble disciples.
“Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to my Father. And whatever you ask in my name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son” (John 14: 12-13 NKJ).
Mary also approached an elderly man with a foot problem. She told him to take off his special, oversized shoe. On his big toe was a hard round growth. She touched her index finger to the marble-sized growth, as we watched.
"I prayed over the growth; it went down like a balloon popping! It was no more," she said. "I was astonished to actually feel it go."
The man immediately bought himself a new pair of shoes! Jesus heals through the ministry of his people.
Why not start a Jesus Prayer Support Group in your home to seek the anointing of the Holy Spirit? Watch your Christianity come to life!