My youngest son offered to pray for my oldest son in the swimming pool today – he prayed that he would no longer be a chicken but would become a boy! Yup. Very, very surreal. However, he has grasped the nature of healing as something that God has fun with, that it can be blessed and therefore encouraged by us, and that it effects change.
There were some fantastic healings at New Wine this year (ask my daughter about it!). I have no idea why some people are healed and and others are not, even after specific words of knowledge. But I do know that God is active and works miracles in people’s lives. Healing doesn’t seem to be related to faith, prayer of determination – God’s Spirit blows where it will… We are called to bless what we see.
When I asked a woman detoxing at work if she would like me to pray she got down on her knees before her mouth even began to say yes. I would love to say that she was healed, but she got up again still desperate for sugar and shaking with withdrawl. It doesn’t stop either her or me praying though.