The Guitar Player
Tom told me he has back pain all the time, due to bulging L5 and L4 discs. He knew surgery was needed, but he’s been putting it off. As I talked with him, I decided to try a slightly different approach. I usually command back pain to leave, but this time I was curious to know if he could be healed just by God’s presence and a testimony.
I invited the Holy Spirit to bring His presence near and talked with Tom about people I’ve seen healed in the past. I placed my hand on his hip then shared the dream about the man with severe crushing injuries who was healed by the presence of God, without me praying for him. He said that would be cool. I asked how his back felt now.
“Now you’re creeping me out… I can’t feel any pain in my back.” I asked him to move around a little to make sure. There was no pain.
So I asked how bad the pain was in his hand. It was still severe. I placed my hand so that I was barely touching the gauze bandages and commanded the spirit of pain to leave and for the blood vessels, nerves, bones, tendons, and muscles to be healed and asked how he felt.
“There was a really bad, burning pain going all the way through my hand, but now it’s gone. ”
I smiled and prayed again and asked how bad the pain was. He said it was much less and he felt like he could sleep. I said, “That’s cool because I don’t have anything else I need to ask you. I believe that when the surgeon takes these bandages off, your fingers are going to be as good as new. Why don’t you sleep for the rest of the trip?”
Tom was in excruciating pain when we picked him up, anxious about never playing guitar again, wondering when he’d have to go under the knife for back surgery and the rehab afterward. Twenty minutes later he was ready for a nap, resting in the peaceful presence of God.
I have the coolest job in the world.
This is one of my favorite stories in Volume 1. It’s funny how only getting in the presence of God can heal so many things, with no effort on our part at all. He’s so good!
You are so encouraging to me. We serve a great big God and your faith and your gifts are a blessing. Thanks for sharing.