In the book of Acts we read a story of the sick being healed, simply by coming into contact with the shadow of Peter (Acts 5 v 15). Peter was a man who had been mightily filled with the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost, such being symbolized by flames of fire in Acts chapter 2. I remember a certain day when I was in Blantyre, Malawi, holding a crusade. While driving from the venue with a local pastor, we found ourselves navigating our way passed a brushfire. I still remember the awesome heat of that blaze. I am of the suspicion that it was not the shadow of Peter that healed the diseased. I think the demons simply felt the energy of that Holy Spirit firepower emanating from within his spirit – and decided to rather not stick around and get burnt!
The story below will inspire you once again to believe in this God of miracle-working firepower. You are welcome to forward your prayer requests to us at firstname.lastname@example.org or to contact me on Facebook (Tamryn Klintworth). We are eager to believe together with you for your miracle!
A BOLD REQUEST
The following testimony tells the story of Elizabeth Davis, an elderly lady who experienced a remarkable healing at an In His Name crusade held in Retreat, Cape Town.
Elizabeth Davis gives her testimony with shy dignity. Spectacles perched on her nose and twinkling eyes peeking out beneath a beige woolen hat, she resembles the typical grandmother – gentle, softly spoken, face wrinkled from decades of sorrows and smiles.
“My name is sister Elizabeth,” she begins, “and God healed me tonight.” A domestic worker by occupation, Elizabeth has spent her life scrubbing floors and polishing brass. For the past five years, a problematic knee had transformed her work into an agonizing challenge. Countless hospital visits could not identify the problem, and with finances scarce, Elizabeth was left to self-medicate with ice-packs. In addition, she had been dealing with a constant onslaught of migraines for the past four years. So aggressive were the attacks, that pain tablets offered no relief. As the sole breadwinner for four children and eleven grandchildren, her poor health threatened not only her job, but the livelihood of her entire family. “Tough, tough, very tough” are the words she uses to describe her situation. Hearing of the upcoming crusade, her heart surged with hope. “I am going to ask God for a new body!” she had joked with the lady she works for. This was her prayer. Bold, perhaps. Audacious, maybe. Impossible? Certainly not! We serve a God of the impossible, who eagerly answers the heart cries of his children.
Finally the day came. As Elizabeth entered the crusade venue, her aching knee and throbbing head offered constant reminders of her great need. Although weak in body, her heart surged with faith. Towards the end of the service, an invitation was made for those in need of healing to come to the front for prayer. One of many, Elizabeth came forward with keen expectancy. She was prayed for – and the miracle happened. Slowly, gently, the agonizing pain melted away. She bent her knee, she twisted her head. Both were perfect. Entirely perfect. “God gave me a new body!” she exclaimed. “I asked God for a new body, and that’s what he gave me – a whole new body! God did a miracle in my life tonight. I can now use this testimony to bring other people to Jesus.” One lady. One miracle. The livelihood of a family saved. A community rejoicing. Thank you precious Jesus, how wondrous You are!
Tamryn is the founder of In His Name Ministries, an evangelistic organisation dedicated to proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ throughout Africa and the world. Find her on Facebook under Tamryn Klintworth or visit the ministry website at: www.inhisname.org.za