Mark 5:30 And Jesus, perceiving in himself that power had gone out from him, immediately turned about in the crowd and said, “Who touched my garments?”
The other week was our weekly class for the 2013/14 students of the School of Supernatural Evangelism. I often make a practice of asking if anyone wants prayer for healing.
Part of my motivation is to model pressing into the kingdom. Another motivation is to model being unperturbed by failure. If we learn to treat failure for what it is – a lesson on the journey of increasing effectiveness – then we will be far more useful for the kingdom!
Back to the story – I had a volunteer. It was a lady who had hurt her neck in the week leaving it stiff and sore. On the pain scale it measured a 7 out of 10. I encouraged a couple of the other ladies to come and pray for her with me. While up there I asked her to try moving her neck so we could gauge what limitations she currently had.
As she did so, she realised that the pain was decreasing! It went from a 7 to a 4. No one had yet prayed. It continued to decrease until it was a 2 when we finally decided to pray anyway. It was amazingly encouraging to witness the Lord healing someone without us doing anything!
And yet…. of course we did… do something.
It took as little effort as it took Jesus to heal the woman with the discharge of blood, because the Holy Spirit was present to heal. Yet even so our student had to volunteer and the woman in Mark had to push through the crowd.
However, sometimes as the Celts used to say, we are in such a “thin” place, it doesn’t take much for the Holy Spirit to break out and do his work.