It’s pretty awesome to witness miracles on a regular basis. On October 6, Brian G., Mike W., Vinny, and I all got to be part of the prayer team for a Miracle Healing Service sponsored by the Archdiocese of Baltimore at St. Benedict’s Church in Baltimore. It was led by Dr. Bob Sawyer, the liaison for the Catholic Charismatic Renewal in the archdiocese, whom God has blessed with a magnificent gift of healing.
“Wait a minute… Charismatic Renewal? Gift of Healing? What is all this stuff you’re talking about?”
The Charismatic Renewal is a movement by the Catholic Church to build up faith through the use of extraordinary gifts given to men by God, some of which are listed in 1 Corinthians 12:4-11…
1 Corinthians 12:4,8-11 There are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but the same Spirit. To one is given through the Spirit the expression of wisdom; to another the expression of knowledge according to the same Spirit; to another faith by the same Spirit; to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit; to another mighty deeds; to another prophecy; to another discernment of spirits; to another varieties of tongues; to another interpretations of tongues. But one and the same Spirit produces all of these, distributing them individually to each person as he wishes.
In this blog post we’ll focus only on the gift of healing, because that was the specific intention of the Miracle Healing Service in which we participated; the purpose of the service was to pray for healing and observe the blessings God had for us that day. A few things about prayer for healing:
- It is a gift from God that is meant to be shared with others.
- We pray in the name of Jesus Christ (see John 14:13-14).
- Healing happens according to God’s will. Sometimes we pray and God has not chosen for a certain person to be healed at that moment or in the way we expected (you will see evidence of this below).
To someone hearing of this for the first time, many questions may be arising in their mind. Skepticism and doubt may be there, too. Regardless of where you are in faith for healing, I present to you everything in this blog post to inspire you.
We estimate there were about 150 people there at the healing service. We helped to set up, started the service with worship (singing), and then Bob began with a very informative session on what exactly miraculous healing is all about. After the informative section, the prayer team got up and distributed around the church to support with individual prayer as Bob led. Bob would announce certain parts of the body or certain health conditions and ask people to stand who had issues in those areas. As people would stand, members of the prayer team would come to them as called by the participants or the Holy Spirit. Bob also encouraged members of the audience to lift each other up in prayer! This is when the miracles started happening. Bob allowed participants who wanted to praise God to come up to the front and announce on the microphone what healing He had brought to them.
Those of us on the prayer team were dashing around like mad, so we didn’t get to hear many of the testimonies, but there were many exciting ones I did catch! My mind was blown a number of times; in particular, there was a quadriplegic girl who, between the last service Bob did and this one, miraculously received the ability to speak, which she never had before. Not only that, but when God blessed her, he gave her English right with the speech – no baby babbling needed! There was a man with lower back pain who was also unable to lift his legs any more than necessary to walk. He was healed of his pain and he could lift his legs like a marching soldier! Christ continued to work the same miracles he worked in Matthew 11:5 when He enabled a deaf woman to hear. A woman who had been completely deaf in her right ear all of a sudden exclaimed, “I can hear!” Bob used to be an Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT) doctor, so he gave her a whisper test. Sure enough, she could hear everything he said and repeated it back to him! Thanks be to God!
I personally prayed for several people where there was no way to tell if there had been instantaneous healing. Amongst these people were a man with esophagus cancer and a man with blood clots in his legs. I pray God showed them his power by allowing them to observe at a later time that He had healed them. Two women I prayed over were instantly healed, thanks be to God!
The first is a great, humbling story that proves it is all God who does the healing. She was a warm, loving grandmother who smelled like her personality (whatever warm and loving smell like, she smelled like that, lol – maybe it was cookies). This woman had a host of problems in her torso, neck, and arms. I prayed for all of the things she told me about, and spent most of my prayer on her neck, which she said bothered her the most. After I was done praying she said she felt no different. I experienced a mild disappointment, because I always want to see God’s hand at work, but I surrendered everything to Him; she thanked me and hugged me and went to sit back down. Two minutes later she was motioning to me, “Come here! Come here! I forgot to even tell you about this, but now my arms [indicating the area of the triceps and into the posterior deltoid] feel better!” In the past, she had torn the muscles she pointed out to me, gotten surgery to repair them, then fallen – as she was trying to catch herself, she tore the muscles again! She was in constant pain and couldn’t raise her arms for any amount of time much longer than 30 seconds. God amazed me and reinforced that He is the healer because I had not even prayed for that part of her arms, yet he took away all the pain! She was able to lift her arms in prayer to the Lord for a long time (probably at least 10 minutes) without any pain at all! She was so delighted; thank you, Lord!
The second woman was the wife of the man with the blood clots in his legs. They asked me to pray for her upper left arm and shoulder. For six months she had had chronic pain that prevented her from raising her arm more than a few inches from her side. She could not put her arm behind her back and she could not fix her hair. Sometimes you just get sucked into prayer – I prayed a prayer through the grace of the Holy Spirit that I really thought was beautiful, and closed my eyes for a bit. One of the things I’m working on is trying to remember to pray with my eyes open so I can see what is happening as I pray. When I remembered to open my eyes during the prayer I could see the woman had tears streaming down her face! I wrapped up the prayer, and asked her how her arm felt – asked her to test it out. She immediately raised it high above her head, burst into more joyous tears, and threw her arms around me in a giant hug! The pain was completely gone, and she had full functionality of her arm all thanks to Jesus Christ. We went up front to share her healing story with everybody there. When she showed the whole audience that she could raise her arm without pain, Bob asked, “So you can’t do that? But you’re doing it now?” Everyone laughed and she replied, “Yep, I couldn’t do this, and this, and this…” showing the crowd all the motions that she couldn’t do until God put His healing hand into her life. Praise be to God, who is above all things.
The Miracle Healing Service was an incredible experience (the second one I’ve been to), and there is another coming up in January! God consistently proves that He is alive and involved in our lives – the miracles we read about in the Bible are not fiction and are not just things that only happened in the time of Jesus.
John 11:40 “Did I not tell you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?”