During our last night of ministry at the church we were visiting in South Korea, a 14-year-old girl came up to the front to receive prayer. We learned that her family did not attend church, but she’d come with a friend of her mother’s who had told her that God could heal her. She had been born deaf and one month earlier had undergone surgery as a first step in preparation to receive an implant for a hearing device. I began to pray for her and watched closely, but absolutely nothing happened. I called other ministry team members over, and we really went after the healing, praying five or six times energetically and faithfully.
When we finished, I looked at the girl and realized that again, nothing seemed to be happening. Even worse, I could see in her eyes that she was frightened and embarrassed. She didn’t understand the situation. This was a strange environment, and we were strange people doing strange things around her up at the front of the church where she was in view of everyone. She looked as if she was going to burst into tears at any second.
In that moment, I realized I had made a mistake. I had focused on the healing and lost sight of the girl.
I shifted my attention to blessing, comforting, and encouraging her and telling her that God did indeed have healing for her and that He could do it at any time. He is not limited by the amount of time I have to pray. After this, she walked away, and I thought our time with her was over. I didn’t realize that she later approached another leader in the back of the room and asked him to pray for her one more time. After this, she went home.
The next day we were free to explore the country a bit before departing for home. As we drove to the airport to catch our flight out of South Korea, our host received a call from the church pastor. The deaf girl we had prayed for the night before showed up at the church, and she was no longer deaf! Both ears were open! She could now hear perfectly!
I believe her healing came when she went to that leader in the back and asked for prayer one last time. She pushed through the fear, embarrassment, and discomfort to try one more time to receive her healing.