About two weeks ago I went to a school to pick someone up and saw a janitor in severe back pain. He even had to have someone else unplug the vacuum cleaner. I didn’t know why he was at work, but I later found out he couldn’t afford to miss work or see a doctor.
The principal of the school was standing five feet away. Previously she had told my daughter she wasn’t allowed to pray for people at school. I knew that the principal would not approve of my actions, but my heart was breaking for this man. I approached him and let him know that my heart broke to see him in such pain. I asked him what happened and then asked if I could pray. He seemed hesitant.
I took his hand, looked him in the eye, and said, “What do you have to lose? What if you actually get healed today?” He smiled and agreed. I touched his lower back, prayed for the pain to come out, thanked him, and wished him a great night.
Yesterday I walked into the school, and four teachers and the same principal were there at the desk. As I walked past, I heard, “Hey, are you from Bethel Church?”
I turned around, and it was the janitor. He asked if I was the one who had prayed for him.
He said he hadn’t thought he was healed, but when he turned to walk away that day, the pain went down noticeably. As he continued working, it kept getting better and better. He said there was a certain task he did every day that caused him so much pain that it made him hold his breath. He couldn’t remember the last time he hadn’t held his breath doing that job, and now the only thing left was the numbness in his leg.
We laughed together while the teachers and the principal stood by listening quietly. I asked if I could pray for the numbness to leave. He said, “Yes, please pray for me.”
I prayed and released what felt like a bucket of joy, thanking God for His goodness. I couldn’t stop laughing. The janitor was laughing too, and I could feel the environment just full of the glory of God.
After I prayed, I felt fire go out of my hand and into his leg, and he jumped. I thanked him again for letting me pray and for giving me such encouragement. He laughed and said that I had encouraged him. I looked over at the teachers, and they were all smiling from ear to ear. God had their hearts, too!