It was an unexpected healing. Emily was in the line as one of the people who needed prayer. She had broken her shoulder a couple of years ago and was unable to lift her arm above horizontal. She demonstrated the range of her movement – yep, absolutely couldn’t raise her arm above the horizontal.
- Be generous. God loves a giver. If you are prepared to be generous, we normally think of this in terms of money, but in this case it was with her prayers, if you are prepared to be generous, then you will find you can’t outgive God – he refuses to be your debtor. God gives back!
- Give what you don’t have. We often think that we can’t give away what we don’t have. In many areas that is true. It is very hard to convince people about Jesus until you have met him yourself. But! If you think you need to be healed of everything yourself first, you will never ever pray for anyone. If you think you need to have had experience of healing someone first, then you will never get started – we all start from nothing. There is something very powerful in simply being willing to step out and OBEY. “Obedience is better than sacrifice”. Think fives loaves….
- The measure of the miraculous is God, not us. If we think we have to have it all together in our own lives first, been healed first, be sorted first, then all we are saying is that we are the measure of what God can do. And we’re not. The measure of what God can do… is God; all he wants is someone willing enough to step out and take a risk… Really, it is that simple. Incredible things happen when we begin to simply live like that – taking “risks” for God is normal, it’s the currency of the kingdom, it is the way the kingdom of God is activated. One of my favourite verses in the bible is Matt. 11:12 (Interlinear) From the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of the heavens is forcibly entered, and forceful men seize it. This verse is a key to unlocking the kingdom – it’s not talking about being physically violent – it’s talking about being pro-active, taking risks. If you want to see the kingdom activated, the impossible happening, miracles occurring, start stepping out and try praying boldly for them. You will be astonished.