Yesterday I arrived home after work. My neighbour was working in his front garden and limping… On asking, he had injured his knee helping his son move. Walking backwards while carrying a heavy box, he had trodden on something and twisted the knee.
Slowly, I put my motorbike (ok scooter!) into the garage. In my head this debate raged – “Should I ask if he wants prayer for healing? I keep encouraging everyone else to do this, shouldn’t I lead the way by example? After all, I am the pastor. What if he just thinks I’m weird? But if I don’t pray for him, no-one will ever know… I feel stressed!”
- Well, finding a need looms large. Anyone who is injured, sick, ill, disabled… has a MAJOR need, depending on how serious it is. My neighbour had been suffering for two weeks and was still very disabled. Two weeks of limited movement is a pressing immediate need; not life-threatening, but certainly inconvenient.
- Do we have the means to fill it? My favourite verse is 1 Cor 2:4 – “My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power.”As Christians, with the power that raised Jesus from the dead indwelling us, yes we have the means to fill the need.
- Lastly, (there are more than three, but these three are pretty good) he is my neighbour. Had been for 20 years. He knew me. Even though I worry he will think I am weird, actually he views me as credible, as normal, albeit different.