>We welcomed Godwill to the team today, so we had a three and a two on the streets praying. While we were preparing, it was raining fairly steadily, and we didn’t hold out that much hope for being able to get out. But nevertheless, we prepared, and once again the Holy Spirit provided us with an insight into the types of illnesses He wanted to heal, and he gave us some people’s names too.
During the preparation time I felt we should take authority over the weather, and so we did! I’ve never (seriously) commanded clouds and rain to go away before, and I have to admit that I felt a bit foolish asking the team to join with me in doing so. By the looks on their faces they thought I was losing it, but I’m not that easily dissuaded, so we did. We specifically asked for the window of time from 10-12 to be dry, and we claimed it in Jesus’ name. As we were setting up, it was spitting, but a hole appeared in the clouds overhead, and the rain stopped. 10 o’clock came, and it was still spitting a bit, but then it stopped. Over the next 45 minutes, it continued to threaten, and at times was spitting and we wondered whether to call it a day. But we continued to rebuke the clouds, this time standing out in the open and doing so, feeling even more foolish!
But it worked, and just as we finished at 12, and were clearing the stools and sign back up to the project, it rained. For about 1 minute, it rained with such force that you only get in Africa, and I looked at my watch – 12:02.
Last week, God told us in advance that He would be healing eyes. And He did. This week, eyesight problems weren’t on the list He gave us, but two people came with problems. One of them also had problems with her joints and her stomach. After prayer the joints were pain-free, and her stomach was better. But her eyesight wasn’t. And nor was the other person’s eyesight any better. Why, last week, did one person receive sight in a previous completely blind eye, and this week neither person received any healing? I don’t know, but God is sovereign, and as His servaant that will do for me.
Even though it wasn’t raining, the gloomy weather was keeping people indoors, so we didn’t have so many takers today. Those who were out and about were less inclined to stop, and many went past refusing to make eye contact. Those that stopped we gladly prayed for, and saw God’s healing. Of the five sicknesses God told us in advance, we met them all, which is encouraging.
However, we’re getting worse at hearing names correctly, as this week there were no matches!