Our mission trip team was in Burgos, Spain, hosting healing rooms for a church and its members, who could come and receive prayer for any illnesses, torment, or need. The first person I prayed for was the son of a couple in the church. He was in his mid-twenties, a bit of a skeptic, and had a major problem with his shoulder. If someone brushed against his shoulder or if he tried to lift something heavy, his shoulder would dislocate. This was extremely limiting to his daily life as he was unable to do many tasks or be active at his job.
After learning about his injury, I asked him if we could pray for his shoulder. After a bit of hesitation, he said yes.
I wanted the members of the church to be the ones to lay hands on his shoulder so they would know that they were completely capable of standing up to the impossible. To take matters further out of our hands, I had these people pray in a very unconventional way.
With their hands on his shoulder, I asked them to declare three of their favorite foods over him, in the name of Jesus. I did this to help them shift their focus onto Jesus, the Healer, rather than focusing on praying the perfect prayer. They began to declare favorite foods over this young man’s shoulder. Laughter began to fill the room as we all realized the hilarity of what we were doing. After each person had declared three favorite foods, we asked the young man to test out his shoulder. His father, who stood around six feet tall and had a thicker build, was with us in the room, and his son chose him to be his testing dummy. To test his shoulder, he gave his father three powerful shoves. He even grabbed a doorframe and tried to stretch his previously injured shoulder to the point of dislocation. His face portrayed his shock-his shoulder stayed in place!
We asked him how it was feeling, and he told us it was 98 percent better. When his shoulder was completely healed, we asked him if he wanted to meet the One who had just healed him: Jesus! His response was priceless. He told me that he didn’t want to make the decision if he didn’t receive passion with it! I told him that I wouldn’t force him into any decision, but I did assure him that if he decided to meet Jesus, he would get passion with it.
After leading him in the salvation prayer, I waited. Then I asked him what he heard.
God told him, “I love you, son.”
Many of the church members who witnessed this had been praying for this young man for a long time. A girl on our team had prayed and shared the story of the prodigal son over his parents as encouragement from God the previous day, and here we were, a day later, witnessing the fruit of that hopeful prayer.