Some highlights from last night’s outreach.
We prayed for a guy who had pain in his lower back. When we prayed for him nothing much seemed to change. He wasn't discouraged, and I told him, “Hey, listen, we will be here for a while after you get done playing bingo. If you would like, we would be more than happy to pray for you again.”
About an hour later he came out, walked right up to me, and said, “That prayer really worked! Thank you! When I walked in the bingo hall and sat down, all the pain left and there is no more pain.” He was shocked and he was smiling.
A couple weeks ago, we prayed with a man who had COPD and had been in a lot of pain in his chest, neck, and shoulders for a very long time. He had told us on a scale of one to ten he was a ten or more. We had prayed for him, all the pain left, and he felt a peace and warmth come all over him. He had left teary-eyed and so grateful as we told him the reason was because of the love of God for him.
Last night, we saw the same man. He was glad to see us, and he said, “There is still no more pain!” He still had the oxygen for the COPD and said his breathing was bad, so we asked if we could pray for him. He gladly accepted our prayers. We could see the peace of God just rest upon him.
After we were done praying for him, he said, “Maybe next time you see me I won’t be carrying this oxygen.” He reached into his pocket and pulled out some money, saying, “Would you please take an offering?”
I thanked him and said, “No, please. We aren't here for your money.” He insisted again, and I replied, “Thank you, but feel free to give that to someone who really needs it if you like.”
He laughed and said, “Like me?”
“That's right,” I joked back with him. Then all of a sudden, the Lord gave me a word of knowledge about a shoulder condition with one of his family members in the car that was picking him up. He said it was his daughter. Her name was Sarah, and I asked her if I could pray for her. She got out of the car and was a little taken back by how I knew this. I told her Jesus just wanted to reveal his love and power to her. I asked her on a scale of 1 to 10 what her pain level was, and she said it was around a 3 or 4 at the moment, but most of the time it was around 8 or more. It had been hurting for a few weeks. As we prayed for her, I asked her what she felt. She said she didn’t feel anything.
“OK,” I said, “no problem. Can I pray one more time?” She agreed and we continued.
Then I asked her what she was experiencing. She had a bit of a shocked look on her face, and she said, “I don't know how to describe it. It feels like a pulsating-like feeling in my shoulder.” I prayed again and the feeling increased, so I asked her to move her arm around. She did, and she looked up at me with a surprised looked and said, “All the pain is gone!!!” We then prayed for another one of his daughters. It was a sweet and powerful kingdom encounter.
Another lady was outside on the phone, cussing up a storm, so I walked over by her, waiting for her to get off the phone. She walked back into the bingo hall, and when she came out a few minutes later, I said, “Hey, listen, we are out here just serving and loving on people in real practical ways. Is there anything you need prayer for or healing in your body?”
She was a character and full of spunk. “Yeah,” she said, “you can pray for my knee and toe. Give it a shot. It’s been in so much pain.” Her toe was all bandaged up. When I asked her what her pain level was, 1-10, she said, “Honey, it's off the charts in pain all the time.” I asked if we could pray, and she quickly responded, “Oh no, here comes my ride.”
“Hey, listen, I heard you talking on the phone to the person who was going to pick you up. I think they can wait.”
She looked at me, laughed, and said, “You’re right. OK, pray.” So I prayed for her. I spoke to the pain in the knee and foot and commanded the pain to go. Then I asked what she was feeling. She started moving her knee and big toe that was all bandaged up, tapping her foot on the ground, and moving her hurt toe. “There is no more pain!!!” she exclaimed.
“Really! No more pain?”
“What!” she interjected. “Didn't you hear me? I said there is no more pain. Don't you believe?”
I smiled and said, “Yes, I believe. I just wanted to be 100% sure all the pain was gone.”
She said emphatically, “There is no more pain!” Then I went over to the car and stood at the window and talked with her boyfriend for about five minutes or so. She then told me since February she had had problems with her toe, so much so that at times she wanted to take her life due to the pain. She said that her toe had gotten infected. The infection got so out of control that the pain was crazy at times. She said, “I have had 5 kids. I thought I knew what pain was, but this toe just about did me in. But there is no more pain now. God is good!”
Her boyfriend said, “Oh man, I’m so sorry for driving up with the music blaring.”
“No worries,” I told him. “That didn’t bother me. We are just out here to love on people. Is there anything I could pray for you about?”
“Oh, please, pray for me. I have to be honest, I'm a little buzzed. I'm sorry.”
“Don't worry about it. Let me just pray for you.” I prayed a blessing over him, and he seemed so grateful. “We are here every Monday night. Come by and let us know how you guys are doing. We would love to connect with you and pray and serve you anyway we can.”
“We will be looking for you next week,” they replied and thanked me for praying.
These are just a few of the encounters from Monday night’s outreach.