Although I believe that God can heal, it is very rare when I am praying for somebody that they are healed right then on the spot. You see, my mum was healed of the fast acting strand of multiple-sclerosis over twenty years ago, and my shoulder was instantly restored to normal, from being virtually pulled from the socket and stretching the ligaments beyond repair, after my mum and her “prayer team” prayed for me.
I have heard of many instant healings and even miracles during my life, but only for two or three have I been present to witness. They were unmistakeable however.
One was for a friend with extremely sore eyes that were very blood-shot after sleeping with his contacts in all night in front of a fan. When I prayed for him, the pain and soreness disappeared and the redness was reduced dramatically. He was amazed at the difference, and went away happy. Later in the day he mentioned to me that some discomfort had returned again, although it was not as bad as before. I do not know why this happened.
Another time I prayed for a weakened hand which was instantly restored to strength.
Both of these times I felt very strongly that I should pray for these people. The next time I did not happen this way. Recently, while in Peru, I was asked to pray for a woman with an excruciating headache. She was instantly healed.
Not knowing about her pain, I was passing through their house where we were staying when her husband called me and asked me if I could pray for her. Just by looking at her I could tell that she was in a lot of pain. Her eyes were bloodshot and filled with tears from the aching.
So I gently placed my hands on her head and prayed. I felt nothing while praying, just a slight warmth on my hands. When I had finished, I asked her how she was feeling. With a smile coming from a relaxed face she said that the headache had gone. Then she grabbed her throat and said that the pain that she had experienced there was also completely gone too.
The pain from her face had left, and her eyes no longer watered. She smiled and said thanks, and then I moved on. Why this happened to her and not to any of the countless others for whom I have prayed for, I do not know. Why my friend’s eyes started to cause discomfort again in the afternoon when they were perfect after I had prayed for him in the morning I do not know either.
The only thing that I know, is that I have seen with my eyes that people are healed when you pray for them. Not all of the time, but sometimes. And for me, that is enough to encourage me to keep praying for people.
Maybe the next person I pray for will also be instantly healed.