Growing out Legs to Equal Lengths

As I was preparing for our church’s Healing Rooms Board Meeting for 2018, I was musing with God about how we all want to see cancer totally healed. In fact, we want to see everything healed. God then asked me what He was bringing before us. What was in our hand? God is calling us to be faithful in what He is bringing before us. Are we seeing 100% healing in the conditions and diseases God gives us? For a certain few conditions, Stairway Healing Rooms has about 80-90% healing rate. This is what we currently, as Stairway Healing Rooms, have authority over. When we realise this, it increases our faith, and the person’s faith, as well.

One of those conditions is lower back pain. Let me say here, that not all lower back pain will disappear and be healed this easily but we have found a high degree of success when God grows out people’s legs to be equal length, the lower back pain seems to greatly decrease.

I’m going to briefly outline the steps we take when someone comes to us with lower back pain. Please also realise that there is no ‘formula’ with healing. God is free to work however He likes and will do so. Below is a general guideline we follow.

1. The 1st 3 questions we ask a client when they tell you they have back pain are:

  • Where’s the pain?
  • Rate the current pain out of 10 (this is so that you can determine later if the pain has decreased. 10 is the highest amount of pain, 0 is painfree)
  • Did anything cause/bring the pain on?

2. If anything brought on / caused the pain to begin with, deal with that first.

  • Remember to pray off shock and trauma

3. Most lower back pain can be dealt with by growing out the legs so that they are the same length.

  • Share very short testimony of seeing leg’s grown out and how that helps take away the back pain. Sharing a testimony raises people’s faith level.
  • Get them to sit on a hard chair with their bottom right up against the back.
  • Ask them to put their legs out in front of them. You will need to support their legs – your wrists or hands gently under their ankles supporting underneath or else grab an ankle in each hand around their ankle bone.
  • Look at the length.
    • Look at their ankle bones – are they the same length?
    • Look at the bottom of their heels – are they at the same length? (Don’t look at their pointed toes to see if they are the same length as people usually have one foot longer than the other.)
  • Ask Holy Spirit to come and command the shorter leg to grow out.
  • Sometimes you may find the shorter leg shoots out and grows so that it is now longer than the other leg. Command one leg to be the same size as the other. Feel free to ask the person to choose which length.

4. When the legs are equal length, ask the person to stand and reassess the pain.

  • Ask them to rate the pain out of 10 and see if there is a reduction. If it has reduced – praise God. If it is the same, continue praying for the pain to go. Command the pain to Go in Jesus’ name.
  • Deal with any residual pain by praying/declaring over that.
  • Bless their back.
  • At the end of praying for their back, pray a physical and spiritual alignment over them.

Prophetic Activations / Exercises to incorporate into your week:

The purpose of these exercises is to help us hear God’s voice in a clearer manner. They sharpen our senses to hear and recognise God’s voice and His way of communicating with us. This enables us to grow in our relationship with God and also to impart to others what God tells us for them. Feel free to use as many of these activations each week as you can. The more you practice, the sharper you become at hearing God’s voice. Enjoy! Remember that whenever you give another person a prophetic word or picture etc, please make sure that it is encouraging, edifying (strengthening) and comforting (1 Corinthians 14:3) and that it comes from a place of love.

1. Children / Families Activation: As a family, check each other’s leg lengths to see if they are equal lengths. Practice ‘growing out’ each other’s legs. As each family member sits in the chair to have their leg length checked, everyone else asks God to show or tell them how God sees that person in the chair and everyone then shares it with the person in the chair.

2. Group Activation: As a group, ask if anyone in the group has lower back pain. Ask them to come to the front of the room. Before you pray over the person for healing, ask everyone to ask God how He sees that person dressed (ie how that person is seen from a heavenly perspective and what clothes they would thus be wearing). Then ask a few people to share it with that person. Follow that up with praying for the person’s healing.

3. Beginner Activation: Ask God to show you someone who needs encouragement about their height and ask God how He would like you to encourage them and prophecy into their situation.

4. Intermediate Activation: The news that Billy Graham died has been broadcast today. Thus, spend some time asking God to show you how to pray and prophecy over the Graham family in their mourning/celebration. Then spend some time declaring that out aloud.

5. Advanced Activation: The news that Billy Graham died has been broadcast today. He has had a huge impact on many people throughout the world. Spend some time with God asking Him to show you someone who will have a huge future in impacting the world for Jesus. Ask God to ‘flesh this out’ and how God wants you to communicate it to this person and encourage them.

Believing that anything is possible

Believing that anything is possibleHubby and I were in bed last night chatting after a full day of church, hanging out with friends and ministry. Hubby commented on how it was exciting to be in a church where one of the cultural values (whether anyone realises it or not is another question as it is an unwritten and unspoken value) is that of believing that anything is possible with God. Not just believing it, but actively pursuing it.

Core Value:

As we reflected on this more, I realised that whenever we want to see the supernatural become our natural lifestyle, this has to be a core value. That God can and will do anything and that anything is possible with God.

Miracle – an illiterate person able to read the Bible

Yesterday morning in church, we heard an amazing testimony from one of our church members who was ministering in Cambodia. An old village woman had become a Christian and 3 days later wanted to be able to read the Bible but had never had the opportunity to go to school. She heard a testimony from some other people who had supernaturally been given the ability to read the Bible. This lady was prayed for by those people and within 20 minutes or so the lady could read the Bible.

Testimony:

Last night were having a meal with friends and reflecting on the testimonies we hear in church. Most of these testimonies come from the Healing Rooms we are part of. I was voicing that I am a bit tired of hearing about the back pain and the neck aches being healed. Sure, it is a big thing for those people but what about the exciting stuff we see of cancer being healed, eye sight restored, the time I prayed for the lady in hospital who no longer needed a heart lung transplant etc. I then shared how our family had experienced some amazing healings – anaphylaxis, teeth miracles – no longer needing fillings or a root canal etc.

Creative Miracle:

My friend then expressed how she has been waiting for 9 years for a huge creative miracle. Straight away I knew we had to pray for her in this area. So we did. In the natural, it seems completely impossible but with God anything is possible. We joined our faith with hers and her husband’s faith. There were a couple of prophetic acts I asked her to do as I felt they were an important step. A huge step of healing had already been overcome by our friend sharing this unusual and personal issue with us.

Prophetic Act:

In asking my friend to do a certain prophetic act, I was reminded of at least 7 years ago when I was at a ladies’ camp and I really felt to pray for a lady with a thyroid issue who had bulging eyes. This lady at the same time approached me and asked me to pray for her. As I waited briefly to hear from God, I sensed that I was to spit on my hands and place them over her eyes. I was relatively new to praying for physical healing for people and was aghast. “What would the lady think?” As I shared this with the lady, she became very excited. She shared how she had asked God to heal her and that she had told God that she would know if it was going to happen or not if the person praying for healing spat on their hands and placed their hands over her eyes. I learnt a huge lesson that night to be obedient to what God wants you to do.

Where are you currently at in believing for the impossible? Believing with such a certainty, not just that it would be great but a total belief that God can and will do anything.

Align your mind:

If you need help in this area, I encourage you to take a Bible verse from the list below. If you believe the Bible is the Word of God, then meditating on the Bible and verses from it, will help your mind align to what God wants to do.

Bible verses:

  • Job 42:1- 2 Then Job replied to the Lord, ‘I know that you can do all things, no plan of yours can be thwarted.’
  • Jeremiah 32:17 ‘Ah Sovereign Lord, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and your outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for you.’
  • Matthew 17:20 Jesus replied, ‘Because you have so little faith. I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.’
  • Matthew 19:26 Jesus looked at them and said, ‘With man this is impossible but with God all things are possible.’
  • Mark 10:27 Jesus looked at them and said, ‘With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God.’
  • Mark 11:24 Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.
  • Luke 1:37 For nothing is impossible with God.

Turn these verses into a declaration that you can declare regularly eg “Thank you God that nothing is impossible for you. Thank you God that you say in your Word that whatever I ask for in prayer and believe that I have received, it will be mine. So Father God, I now thank you for giving me (answer to my prayer) and believe that You will give it to me because nothing is impossible for you Father God. Thank you God.”

God is at work:

When we left our friend’s home, nothing had appeared to have occurred in the way of a creative miracle for this lady but something had shifted in the spiritual. I totally believe that God can do this seemingly impossible creative miracle of growing body parts that are no longer there. I also knew that God was at work since we also prayed for my back pain from a pulled muscle that was causing me some incapacity. The pain completely disappeared and I could move freely.

I know that God will come through for this beautiful friend and her miraculous testimony will be huge in her future ministry that she will have in changing teenagers lives and perceptions.

God is in the business of the impossible.

Prophetic Activations / Exercises to incorporate into your week:

The purpose of these exercises is to help us hear God’s voice in a clearer manner. They sharpen our senses to hear and recognise God’s voice and His way of communicating with us. This enables us to grow in our relationship with God and also to impart to others what God tells us for them. Feel free to use as many of these activations each week as you can. The more you practice, the sharper you become at hearing God’s voice. Enjoy!

Remember that whenever you give another person a prophetic word or picture etc, please make sure that it is encouraging, edifying (strengthening) and comforting (1 Corinthians 14:3) and that it comes from a place of love.

1. Children / Families Activation: Put together a collection of different food tastes or even a chocolate fondue with different fruit, marshmallows, biscuits, and food textures. Set the scene by sharing how in the Bible in Psalm 34:8, it says to ‘Taste and see that the Lord is good’. Encourage family members to select a food and taste it and encourage them to savour the flavour and texture. Ask them to think of how that flavour might reflect God’s goodness or a characteristic of God. Share. Then get everyone to select a different fruit or food and to taste that and whilst doing that to ask God to highlight what it is about that flavour and how it describes or relates to the person sitting on their left. Share again.

2. Group Activation: Grab enough blank paper so that everyone in the room can have one sheet each. Before you hand them out, write down a name from someone in the group on the back of the sheet of paper ie each sheet of paper has a different name on the back with everyone in the room having their name on a sheet of paper. Encourage people not to look at the back of the paper so that they don’t know who they are writing a prophetic word for. Get everyone to quieten their hearts before God and ask God to show, tell or give them a sense of what to write or draw. Allow people ten minutes to hear from God and write the prophetic word. Then, if time, get people to read out what they had written and say who it is for.

3. Beginner Activation: Quieten yourself before God and imagine standing under a huge waterfall. Ask the Holy Spirit to rain down on you. Whilst standing under that imaginary waterfall, ask God to help you tangibly see or hear or feel something from Him. Ask Him to give you a fresh hope for an impossible situation in your life. Ask God to give you a Bible verse or reassurance that He has heard you.

4. Intermediate Activation: Ask God to highlight to you something that is impossible to see becoming true but something you so desperately want. If there is nothing you desperately want, think of someone close to you who needs a miracle. Write a declaration out and ask God to give you a prophetic word for that situation. Incorporate the prophetic word into that declaration. Begin declaring and decreeing it.

5. Advanced Activation: Grab a pen and 3 pieces of paper. Ask God to highlight 3 people you know and write each name on the back of a different sheet of paper. Turn the paper over so that you cannot see which name is on which paper. Select one piece of paper and ask God to show or tell you a prophetic word for that person whose name is on the back of the paper (with you not knowing who it is for). Write down what you sense, feel, hear or see. Repeat the process with the other two sheets of paper. Then turn the papers over and read what you wrote for each person. Give the prophetic words to the appropriate people.

Physical Words of Knowledge part 2

Woman suffering from toothache tooth pain.Several weeks ago on a Sunday morning, I woke up with a horrific headache. I was a tiny bit alarmed as I lay in bed wondering what to do. It was cold and I didn’t relish the idea of getting out of bed but as I determined that this was not a normal headache, I realised I needed to get up and take some analgesia. The pain was not in a circle pressing in nature which is what I sometimes get if it is due to a demonic presence / witchcraft issue. It was not at the front like my normal headache symptoms or at the back like a neck issue. This was a boring type of pain right in the middle of my head, slightly to the right. The pain was strong and I knew I needed to deal with it. I prayed for God to take it away with no apparent effect. Thus I reluctantly hopped out of bed, went to the kitchen and swallowed the appropriate tablets.

The pain continued without relief which shocked me somewhat. I am used to neurofen taking away any headache and it was certainly not working this time. I ended up taking more tablets than is recommended as the pain was severe and didn’t ease at all with the medication. I needed to go to church that morning as hubby had only had his neck operation the previous week and was still unable to drive and our daughter was on duty in the children’s ministry. We live a 45 minute drive from church with no people nearby whom could take our daughter.

As I was standing in worship at the beginning of the service, I suddenly wondered if perhaps this headache wasn’t really ‘mine’ but a word of knowledge. Earlier this year I had prayed to God and asked if He would give me physical words of knowledge. Whilst on a mission trip to Cambodia earlier in the year, I received some physical words of knowledge but I hadn’t operated in this since then.

As soon as I realised that perhaps this may be a word of knowledge, I stopped and asked God what should I do next. Immediately two people came to mind. A close friend’s father had just been diagnosed with a tumour in his head that was positioned almost exactly where I was feeling the pain. There was also a member of the church who had been admitted to hospital with serious neurological issues and the doctors had been unable to determine the cause. Thus, since God had brought those people to my mind, I prayed for both of them there, just quietly during worship. As soon as I had prayed for them, my headache instantly disappeared. Wow – it was amazing. I must confess that I instantly wished that I had thought of that earlier and had not had to suffer the pain for over 5 hours!!

After further reading and reflection, I have come to realise that words of knowledge felt physically are quite common. We need to be able to discern, though, what ‘belongs’ to us and what doesn’t. For instance, if you normally suffer from an ear ache and you feel an ear ache whilst you are asking God to reveal words of knowledge to you, then that may well be your own ear ache and not a word of knowledge about someone else. The headache I suffered had a very unusual pain for me ie I had never experienced that sort of headache pain before.

The physical symptom will disappear immediately you ‘release’ that word of knowledge. Even if you don’t see a person healed, or no-one responds to the word of knowledge, once you have released it and done your part, then the physical symptom will usually immediately disappear from your body.

Please be aware that feeling a word of knowledge doesn’t automatically assume complete healing for the other person. It may well occur and it usually does but it may simply be that God is growing you or wanting to communicate His love to the other person through that method.

Some practical ideas to help you grow in the use of physical words of knowledge:

  • Step out in faith and try it by asking God.
  • Practice tuning in with God, asking Him to show you and catch the first thought through your mind. It may be a fleeting thought through your mind as a word or feeling and it may be easy for you to doubt due to the ‘vagueness’ of it.
  • The physical feeling may be a pain or discomfit that doesn’t go away and isn’t something that you normally experience.
  • Be as specific as you can be as the more specific you are the more it builds faith in you and in the other person.
  • Don’t add to the word of knowledge. Don’t presume that if you see a certain image then you say what you normally believe about it. Just state the facts.
  • Don’t use the words “God told me…” etc. Instead say something like “I sense that someone has a right knee pain that is on the outside of the knee…” Ask God if an injury or accident caused the physical issue, and share that if appropriate as the more specific the more it is harder to doubt.
  • Have the right character and the right attitude. If you are humble and compassionate, instead of arrogant, then even if no-one responds to the word of knowledge, it hasn’t offended anyone but God’s grace has reigned.
  • Just because no-one responds, it doesn’t mean that you have heard wrong. I can count oodles of times in the Healing Rooms situation when one of my team member’s has asked a question and the person receiving prayer has said that it doesn’t apply to them, yet I am cheering silently that my team member is spot on but the other person either doesn’t want to admit it or doesn’t realise it is true. People need a ‘way out’ gracefully so be gentle and careful with how you say words of knowledge.
  • Be accountable to someone to help you work through what is of God and what is of you.
  • God wants to give you words of knowledge because He wants you to use them. Don’t let fear rob you and also rob the receiver who might have been healed by what you could have shared.

Prophetic Activations / Exercises to incorporate into your week:

The purpose of these exercises is to help us hear God’s voice in a clearer manner. They sharpen our senses to hear and recognise God’s voice and His way of communicating with us. This enables us to grow in our relationship with God and also to impart to others what God tells us for them. Feel free to use as many of these activations each week as you can. The more you practice, the sharper you become at hearing God’s voice. Enjoy!

Remember that whenever you give another person a prophetic word or picture etc, please make sure that it is encouraging, edifying (strengthening) and comforting (1 Corinthians 14:3) and that it comes from a place of love.

1. Children / Families Activation: Have sheets of paper prepared with an outline of a human body on it. Hand a sheet out to everyone present together with a pencil/pen/crayon etc. Ask God to show everyone any body part which God wants to heal today. Ask everyone to draw on that part of the body that they feel God is showing them. Usually children are very quick at immediately getting words of knowledge. Once that is finished, then look for people whom that fits and ask that particular child to pray for that symptom.

2. Group Activation: Spend some time in worship as a group and ask God to reveal to everyone present a physical word of knowledge about a medical condition/issue relevant to someone else in the group. Take it in turns to share what you felt and ask if it relates to anyone present. If so, pray for the person it applies to.

3. Beginner Activation: Ask God to give you a physical word of knowledge about someone you know and to show you who it is for. Contact that person, ask them in a caring manner if it applies to them, and if so, if you can pray for them.

4. Intermediate Activation: Ask God to give you a physical word of knowledge for someone you will meet today in a shop. Be on the lookout for this person and courageously ask if it applies to them and if so, offer to pray for them.

5. Advanced Activation: Spend time with God asking Him to show you a prevalent current medical condition in your culture eg here in Australia, chronic fatigue syndrome plus also food intolerances and allergies are prolific. Ask God to reveal to you the root cause or background to this. Spend some time seeking God’s heart as to what He would have you do as a result of what He has revealed to you.

Words of Knowledge part 1

litlle cute blond  boy tired sad isolatedThe definition from Wikipedia is often defined as “the ability of one person to know what God is currently doing or intends to do in the life of another person. It can also be defined as knowing the secrets of another person’s heart.” In other words, it is a  supernatural revelation of information from the Holy Spirit.

The Bible talks about this in 1 Cor. 2:12-13 where Paul writes, “Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God. These things we also speak, not in words which man’s wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches”. Also in 1 Corinthians 12:8 “For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom, to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit”.

There are numerous occasions in the Bible when people received a supernatural revelation of information about another person or their situation. A couple of examples include: John 1:47 where Jesus saw Nathaniel approaching him and received a word of knowledge. Acts 5:1-11 with Ananias and Sapphira. 1 Samuel 9-10 with Samuel and the donkeys. I Kings 14:2-3 Ahijah’s prophecy against Jeroboam. 2 Kings 5:20-27 Gehazi’s deceit with Naaman.

An example of this is several years ago, our family was driving to church for our Saturday morning’s Healing Rooms. We had been encouraged to ask God to reveal to us any conditions or names of people whom God wanted to heal. Usually when we do this, we come up with a whole list of at least 10-12 conditions. My son, who would have been about 7 years old at the time said diabetes, hospital and a certain boy’s name. We wrote it down and pondered that perhaps someone was on the way to hospital or had just been discharged from hospital etc. At the end of the morning, we reviewed the conditions and realised that we had not seen this person. It was easy to dismiss this as he ‘got it wrong’. However several days later we heard that a friend’s son (with the exact name that my son had said) had been admitted to hospital and diagnosed with diabetes on that day. Thus, we made a visit to this boy in hospital. He wasn’t healed from our prayer. I do believe though that it communicated that God was caring for him and tried to show His love to him by this.

Words of knowledge are often used for healing but it is not an absolute for healing. In other words, when words of knowledge about a physical condition are given, you can expect that God wants to heal the person but it is not always the case. Usually a word of knowledge builds faith in the person who needs the healing and also in the person who received the word of knowledge. It is usually very comforting to the person with the physical complaint and communicates that God is aware of them and their need. It doesn’t always translate that this person will be healed then, but most likely. If the person is not healed then, it is no one’s fault. Please never start questioning whose lack of faith it was etc. Sometimes God just wants to communicate His love to this person and that He knows this person’s situation.

Words of knowledge don’t always have to relate to healing. It may be about a certain situation, or to travel to a certain area, or about a specific situation that a church is facing and the breakthrough required etc. God cannot be limited and will use whatever means He likes to communicate so as to achieve His purpose.

When a Christian receives a word of knowledge about someone who is not a christian who needs a certain healing and then sees that person, shares what God has shown them and prays for them on the spot and that person experiences healing, it often results in that person responding to Jesus. It is hard to dispute a physical demonstration of the power of God in the name of Jesus. It is an amazing demonstration that Jesus is concerned about them.

The more specific the word of knowledge is, the more faith it tends to build in the people involved. If the word of knowledge is received through feeling something physical eg pain, it is helpful if the kind of pain and its exact location is stated. The person receiving the word should be careful not to change it, not to add to it, and not to dismiss any little detail about it that may seem insignificant.

God can communicate words of knowledge to us in several different ways. There is never one prescription with God. He is supreme and can use whatever method He chooses. Several of those ways are:

  • Physical eg pain in a part of your body that is not yours. A sudden left knee pain when you have never had left knee pain before just before you pray for someone etc.
  • Empathetic feeling – feeling a strong emotion eg fear, suicide, loneliness which you know is not from you or how you feel.
  • Mental picture or see an image – eg a body part, a car accident, a picture of someone getting hurt or in a particular situation. You may read a word written (invisibly to everyone else) over someone’s head or see a newspaper headline.
  • An impression or just ‘know’ that you know – a sense in your mind that someone has a particular condition or is feeling a particular way.
  • A dream or vision of someone with a health problem or you with a new health problem which you don’t have etc.
  • Automatically the words tumble out of your mouth as if by the Holy Spirit whilst chatting or praying with someone about something you were totally unaware of.

In next week’s blog (part 2), I will be sharing more specifically about physical words of knowledge and how to recognise these.

Prophetic Activations / Exercises to incorporate into your week:

The purpose of these exercises is to help us hear God’s voice in a clearer manner. They sharpen our senses to hear and recognise God’s voice and His way of communicating with us. This enables us to grow in our relationship with God and also to impart to others what God tells us for them. Feel free to use as many of these activations each week as you can. The more you practice, the sharper you become at hearing God’s voice. Enjoy!

Remember that whenever you give another person a prophetic word or picture etc, please make sure that it is encouraging, edifying (strengthening) and comforting (1 Corinthians 14:3)

1. Children / Families Activation: Hand out blank cards to everyone and explain that as a group you will ask God to give you encouraging words and things from Him to write or draw on the cards. Ask God to show everyone what sort of car the person is driving to whom this picture/words are for eg blue station wagon, silver Ford, red Toyota etc. You will then go to a car park and find the cars you were shown or told about and put these cards on the windscreens of those cars.

2. Group Activation: As a group quieten before God and spend a few moments asking God to reveal words of knowledge to everyone in the group and listening to what He is saying and showing. Take it in turns to share what you felt/saw/perceived etc and ask if it relates to anyone present.

3. Beginner Activation: Ask God to give you a word of knowledge for someone at church or a Bible study group next time you meet. It may be a physical pain, an encouraging comment, a word of wisdom etc in relation to something someone is going through of which you have no knowledge of their situation etc.

4. Intermediate Activation: Ask God to give you a word of knowledge about someone today and to show you who it is for. When you see that person, ask them in a caring manner if it applies to them, and if so, if you can pray for them.

5. Advanced Activation: As you are about to buy something today, ask God to give you a word of knowledge about the shop assistant. Then in a caring manner ask the shop assistant if it applies to them and then take the necessary steps required as a follow-on.

Ministry to Vietnam Veterans

Vietnam Vet: A Hero's WelcomeI am no longer nursing due to changing circumstances but in the last 4 years of my nursing I would ask God before each shift, “Who do you want me to pray for today?”. I had some amazing experiences of seeing a number of people receive creative healing miracles.

One morning I arrived at work in Coronary Care to find that I was assigned to an angry and very sick man who was a Vietnam Veteran. I was only meant to nurse him until he was transferred from our small private hospital to a major public hospital for emergency life saving surgery and repair of an operation which had resulted in some ongoing bleeding. This morning, my ears were pricked up as soon as I discovered my assignment. I had recently done further prayer ministry training and heard that when the Australian and American army were fighting in Vietnam during the Vietnam War, there was a group of Buddhist monks who repeatedly cursed these armed forces with three curses. They were:

  1. They would always be angry.
  2. They would never find peace / rest.
  3. They would always have a wandering spirit.

In Australia, Vietnam Veterans came home to a public that generally despised them and a government that never honoured them. Though they had risked their lives for this country, the country tended to shun them.

Thus, that morning I decided to try out a new theory I had. There was nothing to lose but a lot to gain if it worked.

As I was receiving handover on this patient as I was solely caring for him, the night shift nurse was very pleased to hand him over to someone else. He was apparently angry, and his wife was even worse. They were fed up with everything and everyone and were looking for someone to legally sue over his treatment. Not a good start to my day. The staff had specifically assigned him to me as I only worked once per fortnight on the ward so it would give the other staff a break from his attitude, plus I had a reputation for handling the difficult patients in an amazing manner.

Before I entered his room, I took authority over his room. He was in a single room and technically it was his room. I decided that since I was the nurse, and had been given the authority from the hospital that shift to care for him and treat him, I therefore had authority and permission for that room in the spiritual realm. I prayed a quick prayer of authority and released peace into the atmosphere. I claimed that since I was a child of the most High God, that I carried Kingdom presence and that that would change the atmosphere in the room.

I walked in to check the intravenous fluids and drugs with the night nurse. The patient and wife did not look happy but were pleased that a new nurse was coming in as they hadn’t liked the night nurse, or any nurse for that matter. We checked everything and I said goodbye to the nurse. I introduced myself to the patient and his wife and asked them what they expected for that morning. I realised that he would be transferred as soon as possible to the major hospital, so after checking his observations, I decided to give him a quick wash in bed as he was too sick to move out of bed, and to make him as comfortable as possible. At this point, his wife decided that she could trust me and left to go to the toilet and freshen up.

I took the opportunity to thank this Vietnam Veteran for what he did for our country, for me and my children and for our future. I must admit, I laid it on thick. I realised that Vietnam Vets had never been honoured for their service and came home to an atmosphere of being despised. Thus, I honoured him and his service. I also thanked and blessed him in the area of finding peace and rest, for being able to settle in one place and to be able to truly experience love. I didn’t stop talking, releasing healing under my breath and blessing this man and his wife.

Up until this point, the man had not uttered a word and had seemed unresponsive to everything I had said. I was beginning to doubt the effectiveness of what I was doing. Then the wife returned. She had left the room a very tense, angry woman. She entered the room, and stood for a few moments then sank down into a chair and began to cry. I became a little concerned. I went to her and quietly put my arm around her shoulder and asked her what was happening for her. I fully expected a tirade of abuse. Instead, she shocked me by saying that all her anger had just left her. She felt peace for the first time in years. She felt that everything was going to be alright. I was gobsmacked.

For the next few moments, I listened to her and then blessed her and thanked her. I told her what I had said to her husband. At that stage, I had to leave the room to prepare a drug for her husband. When I returned, I noticed a significant change in the atmosphere. Gone was the tension, the discomfit, the anger. I now could feel the peace and assurance. Checking the patient’s vital signs, I noticed a significant difference and ‘righting’ and reverse of a pattern of his status becoming worse with significant internal bleeding. His pain had stopped. Colour was beginning to return to his skin. I needed to keep checking his observations to check that I hadn’t made a mistake.

The Doctors soon entered the room to check him before he was transferred to the other hospital. They noticed a difference in him, the atmosphere in the room, and his condition. They could identify the exact time his condition and changed, but couldn’t attribute it to any medial measure.

This patient no longer needing transferring to that major hospital. He stabilised and was able to the treated at our smaller hospital.

I handed over to the afternoon nurse and was musing over the effect of blessing this man and his wife and changing the atmosphere of the room on my drive home. I had just arrived home from the drive of 15 minutes when I received a phone call from the afternoon nurse. She was a Christian and she wanted to know what I had done in the room that morning as every nurse on the afternoon shift had been talking about the difference in this man and his wife and they could only attribute it to me nursing him that morning. All the nurses wanted to know what I had done in the room, what my secret was. I ended up having a coffee with that nurse the following week and explaining it.

Prophetic Activations / Exercises to incorporate into your week:

The purpose of these exercises is to help us hear God’s voice in a clearer manner. They sharpen our senses to hear and recognise God’s voice and His way of communicating with us. This enables us to grow in our relationship with God and also to impart to others what God tells us for them. Feel free to use as many of these activations each week as you can. The more you practice, the sharper you become at hearing God’s voice. Enjoy!

Remember that whenever you give another person a prophetic word or picture etc, please make sure that it is encouraging, edifying (strengthening) and comforting (1 Corinthians 14:3)

1. Children / Families Activation: Mark out some squares on an area on the ground/floor with chalk or tape, similar to hopscotch. Throw a dice and jump/hop that number of squares towards the finishing square. Place a challenge in several of the squares eg “Ask God for an encouraging word for the next person”. “Ask God for a colour for the last person who had a turn.” “Ask God which vehicle the person who next throws a ‘one’ would be like and why.” Be creative. When people land in those squares, they then get to ask God for that thing for that specific person.

2. Group Activation: For this activation, you will need to have done some preparation before your meeting. Make up a ‘pass the parcel’ with a small item between each layer. Go to a shop or a craft cupboard and find a number of small cheap items eg balloon, chewing gum, craft pearls, bottle of food colouring, matches, USB cable, spice, chocolate bar, yo-yo, tape measure, air freshner, pen etc. Anything will do. Wrap the first item in a layer of paper, then put another item on the next layer and cover with a layer of paper. Keep going until you have a number of layers of paper. I generally do 4 parcels of 6 or 7 layers for a group of 20 people. Get the group to sit in a circle and pass the parcel(s) with music going. When the music stops, whoever is holding the parcel(s) opens that layer and views the item. They then have 30 seconds to ask God whom to give that item to within the group and what prophetic word to say about it. You will be amazed at what people hear from God and say. Then start the music again and pass the parcel until the music stops. When you do multiple parcels with the one group, it helps increase the number of prophetic words given whilst reducing the time taken. I also say that some people may get several items given to them and others may not receive anything. That is o’kay. You are hearing from God about who to give it to, not trying to please everyone and make it ‘fair’.

3. Beginner Activation: Ask God what sort of flower and what colour flower you should buy today and who to give it to. Ask God to then show or tell you something about His heart for that person. Then give it to that person.

4. Intermediate Activation: Spend time with God asking Him to give you a prophetic word for Donald Trump who is currently running for American President. Write it out without using any christianese or church language. Remember prophetic words are encouraging, strengthening and comforting. Google his email address & send it to him. Perhaps get another trusted and mature person to check it first. Currently I believe his email to be: [email protected]

5. Advanced Activation: Ask God to show you a public spokesperson on an issue of justice that seems unbiblical. Ask God to reveal something to you of that person’s upbringing and background that may have negatively influenced them in this area. Spend some time listening to God and praying for this person and asking God what He would like your response to be to that person, the issue of justice and how to show them God’s love and how to intercede for them.

Praying before an Anaesthetic

My husband Gary had surgery on his neck last Friday – removal of the C6 disc, an artificial disc inserted and the bony spur shaved off down to the bone marrow. In an operation that was meant to take about 50 minutes, it ended up being 2 ½ hours as the 1mm metal tip of a probe broke off during the surgery and they had to find it and remove it by suctioning it out. Apart from that complication, he had an extremely amazing recovery. He has not had any pain or discomfit at all, even over the wound site or the site where the bone was shaved quite dramatically. He was given some Panadol in hospital by the nurses, basically because they had to after surgery. He also had no complications after surgery. The following morning when the nurse took down his wound dressing, I was totally amazed at the lack of swelling, inflammation, bruising and bleeding over the suture line. The suture line looked beautiful and honestly looked further healed than less than 24 hours post surgery. He came home that day as there was no pain and that is the major indicator for discharge in this surgery. The night of the surgery, the surgeon came to visit Gary to tell him about the surgery and the complication with the metal probe. The surgeon was amazed at the total lack of pain and also that the discomfit and tingling in his arm and hand had already gone, something that can take up to a week to resolve.

In preparation for hubby’s surgery, I googled “Arthur Burk prayer surgery”. I found a YouTube clip titled “Your spirit and surgery” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t31sq6C8qkw (Approx 21 minutes) In this YouTube clip, Arthur Burk describes some tools you can use to prepare your spirit for the operating room so that the procedure and the recovery are positively impacted by the dominion God designed for your spirit.

I believe that these prayers and the way we prayed were a major help in the lack of pain and inflammation after the surgery. I must confess that we were running out of time, so I had scribbled the prayer on a slip of paper and, as I drove to the hospital with hubby in the car, I prayed the prayer then. Not the best environment, but wow – the result was amazing!!

Your spirit is designed to have an extraordinary impact on your physical body at all times, including when you are having surgery. Arthur Burk encourages you to speak over someone the following things into their spirit, preferably daily over the 3 days prior to surgery.

  1. Principle – we have complete spiritual authority wherever we go. Thus, declare that the Kingdom of God is portable with your spirit if your spirit is in alignment with God. No matter wherever you go, whether conscious or unconscious, what is happening, the Kingdom of God laws apply wherever you go. Therefore, call to attention the head demonic spirit over that particular hospital and say, “I want to alert you that I, a child of the most High God, who is in blood covenant relationship with Jesus Christ is coming to that hospital and when I come, you get the afternoon off. Everywhere I go is Kingdom turf, no intrusion. Kingdom laws reign supreme and all the defilement in the people, the building, the land is suspended during the time I am there.”
  2. Principle – The spirit is not subject to anaesthesia. The soul is dependent on the body and is neutralised under anaesthesia but the spirit is completely immune from all impact of anaesthesia. It is completely conscious. It has complete dominion and authority. However most of the time your spirit doesn’t exercise that authority because no-one has given it permission or released it to do that. Therefore, call your spirit to attention and instruct it – “In the name of Jesus Christ, I call the spirit of … (or my spirit) to attention and instruct it that it has the right and the ability to monitor everything that occurs during surgery to my body. Spirit you have the right to talk to any person in the room. Spirit of… you have permission to shout loudly enough to get the attention of everyone in the room. I authorise you and legitimise you and empower you, spirit of… to take charge of the process, to take charge of everyone in the room and to take charge of everything in the room and to shout as loud as you need to shout to get people’s attention.
  3. Principle – Psalm 139:16 says that “Every day ordained for me was written in your book before it came to be”. The 2 biggest problems after surgery are pain and swelling from the blood vessels being cut and therefore they can’t carry away the waste products. Somewhere in your spirit is all the skill set needed to repair the capillaries and nerves after surgery. It is totally appropriate for the human spirit to ask the Holy Spirit for this. Therefore say, “I instruct my spirit that as soon as the surgery is over, the spirit needs to vigorously accelerate the repair of the capillaries at the point of incision and the spirit needs to micromanage the process of scavenging the body for amino acids and other resources needed to accelerate the healing process and see to it that the capillaries are rebuilt extremely quickly so that the waste products can be taken out by the organs that need to process them so that there is minimal swelling. At the same time, I instruct my spirit to work with the nerves to calm the nerves that have all been severed and to begin the process of regrowing the nerves.”

I have also listed some other things that I included in the prayer pre and post surgery. I am sure there are other things to also pray about, and would love you to comment below if you know of any other specific prayer that is effective. Thanks.

Pre-surgery:

  1. Pray the above, calling your spirit to attention and legitimising and authorising your spirit to do the above.
  2. Pray for cleansing of all hospital rooms and beds you will be in, the operating room, recovery room etc and all the equipment and proper functioning and against any malfunctioning.
  3. Ask God to hand select the staff and to cleanse then and give them wisdom and direct their mind, hands, etc
  4. Pray for the Holy Spirit to protect the unconscious and subconscious mind from any negative input or attack by the enemy. Cover the mind with the blood of Jesus and seal off from any spirits of death or stress etc. Pray confusion into the enemy’s plans and that nothing would be hidden and no negligence or harm come upon you.
  5. Pray for perfect blood viscosity and that there will be no pooling in any body part.
  6. Specific prayer against common complications of that particular surgery

Post surgery:

  1. Re-emphasize the spirit repairing and rebuilding the capillaries and nerves.
  2. Anoint with oil and in the authority of Jesus Christ, break off any spirit of death, infirmity, sickness, weakness, disease, shock and trauma, etc and any unwelcome side effects from the anaesthesia and any harmful side effects of all drugs.
  3. Pray for infilling of the Holy Spirit, and spirit of peace, healing, strength, etc

Prophetic Activations / Exercises to incorporate into your week:

The purpose of these exercises is to help us hear God’s voice in a clearer manner. They sharpen our senses to hear and recognise God’s voice and His way of communicating with us. This enables us to grow in our relationship with God and also to impart to others what God tells us for them. Feel free to use as many of these activations each week as you can. The more you practice, the sharper you become at hearing God’s voice. Enjoy!

Remember that whenever you give another person a prophetic word or picture etc, please make sure that it is encouraging, edifying (strengthening) and comforting (1 Corinthians 14:3)

1. Children / Families Activation: Spend a few moments imagining the family at a swimming pool. Draw a picture and include where each family member would be in the picture and why God showed you that.

2. Group Activation: For this activation, you will need enough blindfolds for half the group members. Pair up and make 2 circles out of the pairs, one going in the inner circle, one in the outer circle but partners opposite each other. Blindfold everyone in the inner circle. Then have everyone in the outer circle move 4 people to the right. Those in the inner circle will prophesy over the person opposite them in the outer circle, except they will not know who it is they are prophesying over. Give everyone 2 minutes to hear from God and then prophesy for 1 minute. Let people feedback for 1 minute. Swap the blindfolds to the people in the outer circle. Have those in the inner circle move 5 people to the left. Repeat the process.

3. Beginner Activation: Ask God to show you someone who lives near to you, a neighbour. Spend some time listening to God for an encouraging word for them. Write it out anonymously without using any christianese (christian or church language). Put it in their letterbox anonymously, praying a blessing over them and their house.

4. Intermediate Activation: Ask God to highlight a person whom you see most days but don’t really notice or speak to or have a relationship with. Ask God to prepare you with an encouraging word for them before you next see them and then speak it to them when you do.

5. Advanced Activation: Ask God to show you someone having a rough time at the moment. Ask God how He would like you to encourage them and prophesy over them at the moment. Then follow-through on that.

Surgical intervention is not inferior healing

iStock_000003580930SmallThis blog post comes in the midst of a journey of healing that my hubby is going on and is written out of that experience.

At our church’s Healing Rooms last weekend, one of the team leaders came up to me and said, “You know Jane, surgical intervention is not an inferior healing to a supernatural spontaneous healing from God”. I knew that but now I really have grasped more of it.

A fortnight ago, hubby was experiencing tingling and extreme discomfit in his right hand and arm. This had persisted for several months. That Sunday morning when we were chatting in bed prior to getting up, I commented how hubby should book in to see our local Doctor. That afternoon, two medical specialists were at our home for pre-engagement counselling. Hubby commented how he wanted them both to pray for him as they have a supernatural healing ministry. They examined him, prayed for him, and strongly suggested he go to see the doctor and get an MRI.

The next day hubby rang the GP. The GP was fully booked out and was leaving in a couple of days for an operation herself and would be out of the office for several weeks. Hubby decided to ‘call in’ and see her at the end of her work and she saw him then. He then rang me at 7pm to say he needed to have an MRI but it usually takes about a week to get an appointment etc. I suggested offhandedly that he ring that night and see if he could leave a message. He rang and they told him that they had just had a cancellation for that night and could he come in immediately. Thus, another miracle.

The GP received the report of the MRI the following day and asked hubby to come in as it was quite serious and she wanted to refer him to a neurosurgeon. Again, was told there would be a delay in getting in and we are public patients and do not have private health insurance. For all this to be achieved before our GP went off for her operation was amazing.

He asked people to pray for supernatural healing of the C6 prolapsed disc and bony spur. He felt that there was enough faith in our home for healing but we also invited other members of the Healing Rooms to come and pray for healing. During this time, I saw a picture of bone being shaved away. Our 10 year old son heard God say that Gary would be totally healed. I had a dream where I saw Arthur Burk standing in front of me and he said, “Gary will be healed when he deals with his stuff”. Thus, Hubby was on bed rest and I just wanted him to ‘deal with his stuff’ and ask God what He wanted to show him during this time. Our faith for a supernatural healing was high.

The following Monday we were sitting in the neurosurgeon’s office. We had been warned that his bedside manner left a lot to be desired, but that didn’t concern us. His expertise was more what we were focussing on. During the appointment, this specialist shared about his heart of justice, his mother, his frustration with the health system and his patients. I silently released peace and God’s presence into that room. Hubby felt a spirit of fear leave him in that room, plus he also had an encounter with Father God sharing some stuff with him. The outcome was that no conservative treatment would be effective for his situation and hubby would need surgery but as we were public patients there would be a wait. The neurosurgeon organised tablets and a cortisone injection that may help whilst awaiting surgery.

We have a few friends who are doctors and physios so hubby got their opinion. He started physio but experienced no change. In fact, the symptoms were getting worse.

Just as the 10 day course of anti-inflammatories finished, I then received a phone call to say that hubby was booked in for surgery at a private hospital this Friday (tomorrow) at no expense to us. This is within a fortnight of seeing the surgeon.

Our response then was – does hubby go ahead with the operation, or does he wait for supernatural healing? Is God going to heal through surgery?

I rang my dad who said, “Jane – you yourself don’t believe in co-incidences. You always say that there are never co-incidences with God. It sounds like you just need to walk on through the open doors.” Another few friends then said that it was like the man in a flood standing on top of a roof crying out to God for help. A plane came, then a boat, and each time the man shooed them away and said he was waiting for God. The man then finally accused God of not helping and God replied, “I sent a boat and a plane. That was me reaching out to you.”

During this fortnight, we have also been on the team at our church’s Saturday morning Healing Rooms where the team members and the children prayed for healing. No change in symptoms. It was at this point that I received the word that surgical intervention is not an inferior healing.

Thus, we are going ahead and hubby is scheduled for the operation tomorrow. I would appreciate it if you were able to pray for him and the doctors operating and Gary’s recovery.

Another aspect is that Gary is self employed. We have a business doing garden clean-ups of which Gary cannot work at the moment and for at least another 3 months. We also do not have income insurance. Earlier in the year, I went on a journey of asking God if I should put the kids in school fulltime and go back to nursing to aid our income as we have had several very dry years. God clearly told me no in an audible voice with a ‘fear of God’ tone. Thus, finances are a concern for Gary, however he is learning to trust the Lord for this.

During this time, two people have very generously given us some cash and we can see that God has this in hand. We are totally trusting Him. If you would like to give financially or feel any prompting by God in that way, please feel free to use the paypal button on this website – www.unlockingthegold.com or contact us in anyway.

Thank you so much.

Prophetic Activations / Exercises to incorporate into your week:

The purpose of these exercises is to help us hear God’s voice in a clearer manner. They sharpen our senses to hear and recognise God’s voice and His way of communicating with us. This enables us to grow in our relationship with God and also to impart to others what God tells us for them. Feel free to use as many of these activations each week as you can. The more you practice, the sharper you become at hearing God’s voice. Enjoy!

Remember that whenever you give another person a prophetic word or picture etc, please make sure that it is encouraging, edifying (strengthening) and comforting (1 Corinthians 14:3)

1. Children / Families Activation: Ask if anyone would like prayer for healing or if they know anyone who is needing healing. Spend a few minutes asking God for a picture for that person and then each person draw what they see God saying or showing. Give that picture to the person and also declare what God showed them over that person.

2. Group Activation: Ask who in the room would like prayer for healing. Get everyone else to make two lines opposite each other and have a gap in the middle for anyone who requires healing to walk through the middle of the two lines. As the people walk through, those on the sides are to ask God for what particular words He would like them to declare over that person.

3. Beginner Activation: Ask God to show or tell you someone who is sick. Ask God what you are to pray and how you are to pray and prophesy over that person and their sickness, then do it.

4. Intermediate Activation: Throughout your day, ask God to help you see who is struggling with their health and whom you should stop and pray for. When God highlights a person, stop and ask them if you could pray for them and give them an encouraging word.

5. Advanced Activation: Ask God to show or tell you a particular illness or disease and the key to the healing of that illness or disease for a particular person. Communicate lovingly what you see or hear to that person.

Teaching kids to pray for healing

Senior and young holding handsOur church hosted a conference at the weekend where Bill Johnson from Bethel Church and Leif Hetland were the guest speakers. On the Saturday, they ran a ‘More for Kids’ day event where both Bill and Leif came and spoke to the kids and then received prayer and prophetic words from the kids. Both of our kids were involved. Princess (13) as a leader, Matey (10) as a participant.

Matey came home with a booklet from the day called ‘Healing is easy as 123’. Two pages from the booklet stood out for me that the leaders used to train the kids to pray for healing for people and to see results. (Both my children have been involved in our church’s Healing Rooms for nearly 5 years and have seen and prayed for people who have received physical healing. Princess in particular has a gift in praying for infertile couples and seeing them return with a baby. I believe this is part due to the fact that hubby and I struggled for over 10 years with infertility and Princess was the blessing from it and now God is using her to bless others.)

The 3 points were:

  1. Ask: What hurts? Between 1-10, how much does it hurt? (This way you can determine if there is any change.)
  2. Pray: You can choose to put your hands on them or not (our kids are taught to always ask if they can touch them first at the spot where it hurts, or if an inappropriate spot to touch, to touch their shoulder or hand.) Pray out loud with love. Welcome God’s power & presence. Tell the pain to go. Pray quick prayers. You can also sing, dance, jump, wave a flag, anoint with oil, draw, share a Bible verse – go with what you feel/see/hear the Holy Spirit telling you to do.
  3. Test: Ask the person what the pain is now like? If it is better, celebrate what God has done. If it is not better, or eased a bit but still there, pray again.

Our Church’s Healing Rooms has recently made a huge change in regard to the children on the team and this change has been hugely beneficial to the children, the rest of the team, and the people coming to receive prayer. They have formed groups of 2 children with an adult and they pray purely for physical healings. Prior to that, one child would be matched up in a team with 2 adults and most of the requests were emotional based which was hard for the children. This way, the kids love ministering with their friends (who doesn’t!!) and they are purely involved in physical healings and not deep emotional issues. We are seeing that the people coming for healing love the children praying for them and the children are seeing most of their prayers answered with amazing results. The children also draw pictures from what they see, hear, sense God is saying and showing them. They then ask God who they should give the picture to and then go and find that person, give them the picture and perhaps pray for them. These pictures are highly valued by the recipient. These folk often comment how the picture brought healing or spoke to them prophetically.

As part of the preparation on the day, the children gather and usually fill out a ‘Word of Knowledge’ sheet. It has an outline of a body on it. They ask Jesus who He wants to heal today and then listen to what He tells them or shows them about an injury/illness or body part or Jesus may even give them a feeling in a body part eg a pain in the finger that would mean that He wants to heal someone’s hurt finger. The children then draw or write it on the blank body outline and then look out for these injuries/illnesses when they are praying for people.

I usually find that the kids hear from God very quick. Whilst I am still quietening myself and turning my heart to God, my kids have already received the answer from God. They hear quickly, probably because they don’t doubt and question is that God or is that me etc. Please don’t doubt or dismiss what they are hearing. I struggled with this especially with my son when he was younger and we were first doing this. He would always get something we had talked about that morning (thus I would assume that it was because he had heard it that day) or something connected with him. I would sometimes dismiss it but what he had heard always came about.

I encourage you to spend some time with your children, perhaps after a meal etc. Have outlines of the body on sheets of paper and get your children to ask God to show them what He wants to heal. We even ask God for specific people or specific names of people to go with the injury/illness. Then pray for those people with your children.

The more you practice and pray for people for healing with your kids, the more you see people being healed. My kids are now used to seeing physical healings and just expect it all the time. I can remember hearing Jennifer Toledo (www.gcmovement.org) speak about how her kids practiced raising people from the dead by practicing on each other and having one family member pretend to be dead. The audience laughed to which she then said, “You can laugh but I bet you that my children will pray for dead people and they will see them being healed before you children do.” Oooh, was I challenged!!

Imagine how you and your children could change the world by praying for healing for people.

This blog post is also published on my other blog – www.raisingworldchangers.com.au where I blog about raising children who are changing the world.

Prophetic Activations / Exercises to incorporate into your week:

The purpose of these exercises is to help us hear God’s voice in a clearer manner. They sharpen our senses to hear and recognise God’s voice and His way of communicating with us. This enables us to grow in our relationship with God and also to impart to others what God tells us for them. Feel free to use as many of these activations each week as you can. The more you practice, the sharper you become at hearing God’s voice. Enjoy!

Remember that whenever you give another person a prophetic word or picture etc, please make sure that it is encouraging, edifying (strengthening) and comforting (1 Corinthians 14:3)

1. Children / Families Activation: Gather around a world map. Ask God to highlight a different country to each person and what He would like them to say over that country. Then take it in turns declaring it.

2. Group Activation: Get into pairs. Ask God to show/tell everyone a country or place which God would love to use to tell their partner something about themselves and how God sees them and their future. Ask God questions to ‘flesh’ it out more. Share with your partner.

3. Beginner Activation: Spend some time quiet before the Lord opening up your imagination before Him. Then ask God to show you a specific place in the world where you will visit within the next 3 years. Ask God to show you more of the picture of what you will be doing there. Journal it and write a declaration about it then speak it out aloud.

4. Intermediate Activation: Ask God to bring to your mind someone in your life who is of a different nationality to you. Ask God to show you how you can communicate to them how God sees them and loves them and ask God to highlight to you His purposes for them. Ask God to set up a time when you can communicate this to them.

5. Advanced Activation:  Find a current news item about a different country in the world to where you live. Ask God to show you His perspective on the situation in that country. Declare out aloud what God has shown you and pray into that situation, decreeing and declaring God’s perspective over that place and situation.

Praying healing on a person’s deathbed

When do we stop praying healing for someone? When is enough enough? What are we meant to pray when someone is so sick and about to die?

I don’t know if you have ever been in this situation and faced with this dilemma. I have. I am a critical care trained nurse so I have nursed numerous patients over the years who were critically ill and have prayed for them but they still died. I have also seen miraculous healings.

I nursed an 18 year old motorcycle rider in the Intensive Care Unit whom was deemed brain dead by two different specialists and so the decision was made to turn off life support. The family knew I was a Christian so pleaded with me not to. I prayed and found myself caught in the middle  – the middle between medical science and the physical facts of a body with no life and God’s Kingdom of miraculous healing. What could I do? I had to follow medical orders and turn the ventilator off that was keeping this young man alive by breathing for him. This young man kept breathing and a fortnight later was awake and up and about. Six months later I saw this young man and his mother in the street – I was totally gobsmacked at what God could do. This also reinforced my belief that people in a coma can hear everything said around them. His church had introduced a new song after he was in a coma. His mum sung it over and over to him whilst he was in the coma. When he woke up, he started singing the song.

Just after this, one of my closest friends and prayer partner was in a coma for six months and then died. She was an amazing christian young woman giving her life to serve others. Despite all of our prayers, she wasn’t healed here on earth.

Ten years later, my mum died quickly after being diagnosed with an extremely rare cancer. Our prayers for complete healing on earth didn’t work again.

A couple of years ago, a young girl died quickly despite all of our prayers yet again. Why didn’t God heal her here on earth?

We were asked to pray for a lady who had died. She had asked her daughter to ask our team to pray for her to be resurrected if she died (I have never thought to ask my family to do that, but it is worth considering!!). We went into the morgue and prayed for well over an hour. No apparent difference.

Can God really heal? Could God heal if He wanted to? Why didn’t he heal my mum, my close friend and this young girl? Why didn’t He raise this lady back to life because He can?

I don’t know the answer to all of these questions, but I do know that God is good all the time. I also know that I couldn’t let the times of ‘perceived’ failure on God’s part of not healing my close friend, my mum and the young child influence me to give up in regard to believing that God heals people and allow bitterness to seep in.

I do also know the following:

  1. God is good all the time and in ultimate control but He lets us choose and gives us freedom.
  2. We don’t know the full story.
  3. When we pray, we need to ask God what He would have us pray for that person, not what our desire is.
  4. When we pray for people, we need to respect what they want us to pray and pray that ie do they want to be healed here on earth or are they ready for heaven?
  5. The people being prayed for sometimes have a choice whether they want to come back to earth or stay in heaven with God. We need to respect their choice. The young girl’s parents saw her being given the choice in a vision and this girl chose heaven. When praying for the lady in the morgue, we got to the point when we suddenly realised that she was in heaven and how exciting that would be and that we needed to release her.
  6. Just about everyone I have seen on their deathbed has been able to peaceful go almost immediately after close family released them to go.
  7. I don’t think we appreciate how amazing heaven is going to be, along with complete healing, no tears and no pain. If we captured a glimpse of heaven and being in heaven and what that truly is like, then I believe that would change the way we prayed on earth. Are we praying for healing for that person for our sake of not wanting to ‘lose’ them here on earth?
  8. In relation to prying for deceased people, Surprisa Sithole from South Africa shared with me after I asked him what the secret was to raising people from the dead (as he had prayed for nearly 100 people that had been raised from the dead). He said, that the person has to want to come back. If they don’t, then you release them.
  9. No matter what, keep praying for total healing and praying for how God shows you, respecting the person’s wishes. Total healing can mean healing here on earth or total healing in heaven.
  10. It is okay to question God and to get angry at Him. Just keep your relationship open with Him, sharing your feelings with Him about what has happened. Seriously consider what question you want to ask God. Is it “Why God?” or “What do you want me to know about this situation and what do you want to develop in me and help me with and show me about yourself?”
  11. There is no one formula for praying for healing. Don’t reduce God to a formula ie if I pray these words, then they will be healed, resurrected etc. God is so much bigger than that and is about relationship.
  12. Focus on what you know about God and what is true about God, not what you don’t know.

Prophetic Activations / Exercises to incorporate into your week:

The purpose of these exercises is to help us hear God’s voice in a clearer manner. They sharpen our senses to hear and recognise God’s voice and His way of communicating with us. This enables us to grow in our relationship with God and also to impart to others what God tells us for them. Feel free to use as many of these activations each week as you can. The more you practice, the sharper you become at hearing God’s voice. Enjoy!

Remember that whenever you give another person a prophetic word or picture etc, please make sure that it is encouraging, edifying (strengthening) and comforting (1 Corinthians 14:3)

1. Children / Families Activation: Imagine you are all at the beach. Ask God to show you something special about the scene and where Jesus is and why. Share what God has shown you.

2. Group Activation: Have people pair up. Give everyone a minute to ask God if their partner was at the beach, where would they be and why. After a minute, share with your partner.

3. Beginner Activation: Imagine yourself on top of a cliff overlooking a beach. Picture the scene. Where would you like to be in this scene? Ask God to show you where He is and what He is calling you to do? Spend some time with God asking Him some questions about it.

4. Intermediate Activation: Imagine a beach scene. Use all your senses to really get into the scene – the smell of the sea, the feel of the sand, the sound of the waves, the glistening of the sun across the water, etc. Then picture yourself in the scene. Ask God to meet you in this scene and show you something new, something that you haven’t yet discovered about yourself. Spend some time exploring with God. Feel free to ask Him lots of questions and listen to His answers.

5. Advanced Activation: Imagine a beach scene. Ask God to show you a boat on the sea. Explore this picture with God. Ask God to highlight various aspects of it eg the size, type, any people on it, where He is in relation to it, colour, objects around it etc. Ask God to then show you how that boat relates to your life.

Praying BIG!!

iStock_000018279520MediumOur 12 year old daughter is on an amazing ride this year with opportunities that are opening up for her. Since being awarded the Shire Young Citizen of the Year, she has had the opportunity to speak at least a dozen times, with an exposure to over several thousand people at these events. She has also had afternoon tea with the Prime Minister, Mr Tony Abbott and given him a prophetic picture and prophetic word. During a family devotional time at the beginning of the year where we were asking God some questions and listening to Him speak to us, she felt that God was going to open up opportunities for her to speak to people from all over the world. (Mind you, she doesn’t enjoy speaking and it is amazing to see her speaking in front of people now when 6 years ago she refused to go on stage in the end of year dance concert because she didn’t want people looking at her.) Since she had heard this from God, we then prayed into it and asked God to open up those opportunities and we started declaring this. She has now spoken at three citizenship ceremonies where 400 people from numerous countries have been in attendance. She has been asked to give a ‘TED’ like talk later this month to several hundred senior high school students just prior to a YWAM International Statesman speaking at YWAM GoFest.

What has this got to do with Praying BIG? This was something that started with her hearing from God and we then started praying into it. I would never have thought to pray for her to speak and share her story to so many people and have huge opportunities of speaking in front of some of the world’s influential people. What are the possibilities if we asked God what big prayer should we be praying and declaring for our children and for ourselves this year?

Another big prayer came about on the weekend that I would never have thought to pray but it will have huge consequences. In a passing conversation, a friend said that her son had fallen off his bike and needed emergency surgery. This friend is an amazing prayer warrior and has gifts in healing and prophesy. I said that I gathered she had prayed the ‘spirit of shock and trauma’ off her son’s body and also prayed off the negative effects of anaesthesia. She asked what I meant. I explained that we can be affected by the spirit of shock and trauma when we have an accident or something traumatic occurs to our body. Picture ourself made up of three parts – physical body, soul and spirit. When a car hits our body, it not only injures the physical body, but our total self ie it also injures our soul and our spirit. Once the physical body has been healed, the spirit and soul still need to be healed from that incident. This may be as easy as forgiving anyone for the cause of the accident, maybe even ourself, and then asking God to lift off the spirit of shock and trauma.

Whilst under anaesthetic, our physical body and soul are not in charge of our body. The anaesthetist is. Thus, anything negative that the anaesthetist is into has an opportunity to come through him/her on to ourselves. When both my children have had tonsils out, I have simply prayed this off and asked God to cleanse anything from them during that time when they were under anaesthesia and someone else was in charge of their body.

My friend then shared how her husband is an anaesthetist and how perhaps it could work in the opposite way. If her husband intentionally prayed for folk to encounter God and imparted Godly stuff into them whilst he had then under anaesthesia, then imagine what could happen. Imagine the people who could be impacted for God. We both became very excited about the possibilities.

This friend then shared how years ago, her husband, a friend and her had met weekly as health professionals to pray that God would bring them influential clients, not for the money but for the opportunity to speak into their lives. One of the group was a dentist and this person used the time to ask God what to say to the person who was receiving a dental filling or having teeth out and she would give them godly advice about important decisions they were facing. My friend also shared how one of the group is now invited into the King’s palace regularly and asked for advice. I am sure this is the result from all the prayer times when they faithfully gathered weekly over a number of years.

When I stop to reflect on this, my mind just marvels at what could be. What could happen if we prayed BIG prayers for our children, for ourselves, for our work environment, for the people we meet with? What prayers do you need to start praying this week?

I encourage you to take a few moments, either by yourself or with your family, put on some quiet worship music and just ask God to show or tell you what BIG prayers you could start praying for yourself and your family. Ask God to literally ‘blow you out of the water’ with these prayers that He fills your mind with. Then go ahead, write them down and declare them out aloud.

Prophetic Activations / Exercises to incorporate into your week:

The purpose of these exercises is to help us hear God’s voice in a clearer manner. They sharpen our senses to hear and recognise God’s voice and His way of communicating with us. This enables us to grow in our relationship with God and also to impart to others what God tells us for them. Feel free to use as many of these activations each week as you can. The more you practice, the sharper you become at hearing God’s voice. Enjoy!

Remember that whenever you give another person a prophetic word or picture etc, please make sure that it is encouraging, edifying (strengthening) and comforting (1 Corinthians 14:3)

1. Children / Families Activation: Have paper and crayons/pencils/textas handy. Ask everyone to close their eyes and imagine they are on a farm with Father God. Get them to ask God to take them by the hand and lead them around the farm and explain things to them. Ask everyone to look for which part of the farm they would like to stay awhile in. Get them to ask Father God to tell or show them something that He would like them to know. Explain that when they are ready, they can open their eyes and draw where on the farm they wanted to stay. Encourage them to share or write what it was that Father God told or shared with them.

2. Group Activation: Have people pair up with someone they don’t know very well. Give everyone 3 minutes quiet time to hear from God for something to help their partner with ie something in their partner’s life they are really struggling with or needing to hear from God on. Encourage them to not talk with each other and not to share the area they are struggling in. You can say that most issues fall into identity, family, work, ministry, or finances and that we can prophesy into them. Remind people that if they get something that is negative or a struggle, then they need to share the opposite so that it will be encouraging, edifying/strengthening and comforting. After 3 minutes, get everyone to share with their partner what God showed them.

3. Beginner Activation: Ask God to highlight a song to you and someone for whom this song is for so as to encourage, edify or comfort them. Let this person know what song it is and which words in particular so as to encourage them. Maybe even try singing it to the person.

4. Intermediate Activation: Create space and time for you to be able to phone a person to encourage them. Ask God to highlight a person to you and what He would have you to say. Ask God when He would like you to ring them. Then do it.

5. Advanced Activation: Ask God to highlight an area of injustice or an area that is being debated before the Government eg in Australia this week, there is a bill being tabled in Parliament to change the marriage act. Ask God to show you what and how to pray, what to declare and decree out aloud and for a prophetic act if God would like you to do one. (A prophetic act is something done at God’s directions in the natural (physical) realm that supports God’s workings in the spiritual realm, to bring forth results that would be manifested in the natural realm.) Then do it.