We were at the Goodwill Rescue Mission having a great time ministering to a room full of men and a few women as well.
As we were winding down, I noticed a man with a crutch sitting all the way in the back of the room. I packed up my music gear and left it to make a beeline over to him. I looked this man in the eye and said, “Hi. I’m a minister and I pray for people and God heals them. Can I pray for you?”
“Well, yeah, if it will help, that would be great!” He responded. I introduced myself and he told me that his name was John and that he had a problem with his hip. I told him, “No problem. Jesus will take care of that for you. Do you want to see something cool?”
“Yeah, sure.” He said. “Okay, well get up then and let me pray for you.” I coached him. I put my hand on his hip and asked him if this was the right place. He took my hand, moved it to the rigth place and said, “No, it’s right here.”
I commanded the pain to leave and his hip to be healed and made whole in Jesus name. Then I told him to move it around and do what he could not do before. He started moving and then stopped. “Yeah it feels a little better.” he said. I told him to keep moving it and try to find the pain. He started moving again and looked at me with a surprised look and said, “I can’t find any pain. I think it really helped.”
I looked at him and I said, “That’s Jesus! He just healed you. Go ahead, take a walk and check it out. Can I hold that crutch for you?” He handed me his crutch and started walking, When he turned around and came back, he said, “I’m all better. I’m still limping a little but I don’t have any pain anymore.”
I told him that it would get better too and asked him if he was born again. “No.” he said, “I’m not. I’m Irish-Catholic.” Well, I was a bit surprised because he had just sat through a whole service and gospel message with an invitation to become born again and he must have missed the whole thing. We chatted a bit back and forth about his need to be born again when suddenly his section was called to dinner and he wanted to go.
I told him to read the third chapter of John that specifically says unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom. He said he would and off he went. As I walked back to the front to collect my things, I spoke to two of the leaders and told them that John had just been healed but that he wasn’t born again. I asked them if they could follow-up with him and they said that they would.
Strange how a man can be touched by Jesus instantly and yet not be willing to instantly surrender himself. I shall never understand it.
Franciscus M. Dartee
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