>Saw the Queen again today – Queen Elizabeth that is (see 10th May blog post). Her ankles are completely healed, so she was coming back for prayer for other needs. Other returners today as well, including Maximilla who two months ago had no sight in her left eye, and through prayer is gradually receiving her sight. She can now see distance, and we continued to pray for complete healing – I told her off for not coming back sooner so we could continue to pray – hopefully we’ll see her next week for an update.
A massive privilege today was praying for Sylvester. He’s a grown-up street boy, probably now 25. Every day he wanders around with a sack on his back, sifting through rubbish and sewage to get anything he may possibly be able to sell. Grown-up street boys are the outcasts of society here – nobody talks to them, and even the dogs are trained to chase them away. In fact Sylvester had a wound on his leg from a dog bite he recieved recently. We were able to spend a few minutes praying with him, for the wound to heal, for him to get work, and for him to know God’s love for him, and his worth to God.
I recognised Sylvester as having walked past on previous weeks. Then I had half wanted him to stop, but half wanted him to carry on. If you could mentally picture someone completely devoid of hope, you’d be seeing Sylvester. But today, by God’s grace in me, I was able to genuinely feel some of the love that God has for him, and to pray that he would know that love for himself. It was a privilege to lay hands on and pray for someone whom society would rather ignore, or kick down further into the dirt where they have to live. Surely he is the sort of person that Jesus would have spent time with, would have valued.
In fact, a number of the people who stopped today, we sensed needed prayer for more than what they had asked for. Many needed to know God’s love for them, and to know God’s power breaking through into their lives. We had physical healings too, and no doubt God is continuing to bring physical healing and restoration to many, but today we were able to go deeper than just the physical, and speak words of affirmation, grace and love into people’s hearts.
We had Tom with us, who’s been involved in HotS in Inverness for a couple of years now. It was good to speak with him and to compare how we do it differently to them, and he enjoyed the experience of praying in the warmth (!), and of experiencing people just coming and sitting down with their needs, and openly sharing them.
Another great week. Like the people we pray for, it just keeps getting better!