A few months ago, Church of the City in NYC announced a “Healing Prayer Training Session” that instantly piqued my interest. How do you pray for healing? I went with much curiosity.
After a few praise songs the leaders shared what their healing ministry was about. When the main speaker, Markus, came up to speak, I said to myself, “I should pray for my ear.” My left ear had been bothering me, and swelling in that ear was getting worse due to (underwater MP3 Player) ear plugs for swimming. I had even made an acupuncture appointment for the next day, hoping that would make it better.
I prayed, “Lord, would you heal my ear? Clear it,” as Markus was sharing countless testimonies. As he was wrapping up his stories and sharing practical tips for healing prayer, he said he wanted to pray for the people in the room. “You guys are here because you are hungry for more of His Spirit.” I relaxed and got in a comfortable position in my seat, palms up and eyes closed. Less than a minute later, I felt a woman’s hand on my head. I was glad that someone had the opportunity to physically lay hands on me.
As soon as she lifted her hand, I felt tingling on the lower left side of my head, and the swelling and pain went out from my left ear. As I was feeling this, I saw the sparkles of many tiny lights flying off as if lights were falling out of a black frame.
I opened my eyes and thought, “Stop. Are you serious?!” My ear felt completely back to normal. I waited to see if it was for real before sharing the story with a friend who was sitting next to me. I went to this gathering with the hopes of learning how to pray for healing, but God showed me how to do it by letting me sample a healing prayer.
What a creative, generous God we serve who knows how to teach us in the language that we speak in. He meets us wherever we are, and all we have to do is just show up! What a gift. I expect nothing but miracles from Him.