Over the past few years I’ve participated in some way or another with the Alpha course, held at the church we attend, Covenant Community Church. The Alpha course teaches the basics of Christianity. It’s a place where you can express your opinion of the Christian faith in a safe environment. It’s also a great place for those who are already Christians to deepen their relationship with God.
The Alpha course meets once a week for 10 weeks with a ‘weekend away’ in the middle. Toward the end of the course there’s a healing night. This is an amazing night! I’ve witnessed not only physical healing but spiritual and emotional healing as well. The stories people would tell about their pain and how God healed them are definitely encouraging, uplifting and inspiring.
During these healing nights I usually prayed for those who asked for healing or helped out in the kitchen. I’ve never asked for healing prayers. Not because I don’t believe, but because I didn’t feel I needed to be healed in any way at the time. That wasn’t the case on the last Alpha course.
When I had surgery 10 months ago (I donated a kidney to my husband~again, that’s a story for another time) I experienced nerve damage. I was told, along with many other things, that it was a possibility. My left hip/side was numb with occasional sharp pains running down my side. When I talked to the doctors about it they told me it could last for a month, a couple of months, a year or even forever. They couldn’t guess how long it would take for the nerves to heal, or if they would completely heal at all.
To be honest, I was irritated, but not upset. I figured it was nothing compared to what my husband went through. It was completely worth it because he was no longer on Kidney Dialysis and much healthier now!
God hadn’t healed me, but I hadn’t asked Him to either. So during the Alpha healing night I decided to ask. I was anointed with oil and everyone in my group stood around me. Some even put their hands on my side where the numbness/pain was. When the night ended, I went home feeling uplifted and excited, like usual. I always felt God’s presence and looked forward to hearing how He moved in the lives of others.
The next morning, while getting ready for the day, I realized I hadn’t felt any discomfort or pain in my left side. Usually the pain was worse upon waking in the morning or after sitting for a period of time. I’m embarrassed to admit, but at that moment I did not believe I had been healed. I thought it would come back, soon. Thankfully it didn’t! The next week, when the Alpha course met again, someone asked if anyone was healed. I told them how I had been healed.
I hesitated to tell anyone else. Not because I didn’t believe God had healed me. I know God healed me! I no longer have numbness, pain or tingling in my left side. I think I hesitated because I thought I might be mocked or people wouldn’t believe me. Then I remembered we are to speak truth and share our stories. That’s what helps others build their faith in God.
Has God healed you physically, emotionally or spiritually? I would love to hear how God healed you. Please consider sharing your story. If not with me, then with anyone! Sharing a story about God’s healing is very powerful!
My prayer for us today ~ Lord, I pray you give those you heal the courage and opportunity to share it with others, Amen