Laury and I prayed for this nice Veteran at a soup kitchen in Lowell MA. He said he was in severe pain since 1980 and that the meds they gave never helped with the pain. I think Laury and I prayed twice, and immediately the pain left and he was so amazed that, he just stared at the wall trying to figure out where all the pain was gone after 35 years. Then 2-3 weeks later, our friend Garth captured this video testimony where he was still pain free. In this video, you can see the peace in this man’s face and eyes which is quite different from the day we prayed for him when he was tormented with such pain. It’s not unusual to see such changes in people after they get healed – I love seeing Jesus touch lives like this!!
After 27 hours in labor, Kelly-Anne’s body was still not ready for the delivery, but she felt it was time push anyway and called for help. After some struggle, their baby was delivered—stillborn. The extended delivery time coupled with a pair of morphine injections had left the Esau’s son limp, blue, breathless, lifeless.The delivery room staff went into a frenzy, trying to resuscitate baby Esau. As Junaid and Kelly-Anne tried to process what was happening, conflict rose in Junaid’s heart. Faced with the scene in the hospital, he struggled to reconcile what he could see, with what he knew to be true…that God had blessed the Esaus with a son.”[Thoughts] went from a joy and a peace, to where what I saw (the nurses frantically busy with Ben) started encroaching on that—I almost felt helpless. Then, I chose the side of God, and I took my eyes off the situation, and focused on the Lord,” Junaid said.
The couple made their stand. Junaid declared that they would have a perfectly normal baby boy, and Kelly-Anne began to speak life over the baby, prophesying that he would live and not die, and calling out the things that he would accomplish one day. God’s Peace flooded the Esaus after their declaration. As the hospital staff continued to scramble, Junaid called his pastor, Andrew Lamb. After explaining the situation, Junaid asked for prayer. As Pastor Lamb brought his prayer to a close, and the two said amen, the baby’s chest rose, filling with his first breath.
Benjamin Esau was alive, but he was not out of the woods yet… Junaid was emboldened by the presence and peace of God in their situation, and he accompanied his son to the neonatal ICU. It was his intention to protect Benjamin from any negativity that could be spoken over him. As the doctors examined Benjamin, his body behaved erratically, and his prognosis was discouraging. Because of the duration of the labor and the baby’s lack of oxygen, he was diagnosed with Hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) a condition that may cause developmental delay, mental retardation, cerebral palsy or death. When he was diagnosed, Benjamin’s test results indicated he was in a near vegetative state. As Junaid processed the information he was given, he asked the doctor to clarify that the cause of his son’s problems came from severely damaged brain cells. The doctor affirmed Junaid’s conclusion. Then, Junaid thanked the doctor, walked over to his son and in front of the medical staff (still working feverishly to help Benjamin) put his hand on him and spoke to his son’s brain cells. Junaid commanded life, wholeness and healing into his son’s body, in Jesus’ name. Within four days, all measurable signs of the HIE and brain damage were gone.
This is a great short teaching full of wisdom from author Troy Black, a young man who received healing in his leg. For those of you who wonder why the pain or injury returns after being healed, Troy makes a brief mention of his own doubt the next day, but he got back in line with the will of God and remained healed.
The battle with unbelief is one that every human on this earth has dealt with in one way or another at some time. As Christians, sometimes our toughest battles are those in the mind where the carnal mind is often at such enmity with God’s truth.
The reason I mention this is because so often when we are out on the streets laying hands on the sick and seeing miracle after miracle, often we get to follow up on those same people several weeks later, and most of them remain healed, but some of them admit they had such doubts about the healing, that within 1-5 days the pain symptoms return. I personally think that unbelief is the single greatest hindrance to seeing more of God’s will fulfilled on earth. It was the greatest hindrance to the Israelite’s in the desert and continues to be troublesome in the modern church today.
1 Corinthians 2:14 talks about this – 14 But the natural [unbelieving] man does not accept the things [the teachings and revelations] of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness [absurd and illogical] to him; and he is incapable of understanding them, because they are spiritually discerned and appreciated, [and he is unqualified to judge spiritual matters]. (Amp)
The good news is that by the Holy Spirit, we can all learn to walk by the spirit, and put off the old deeds of the flesh including unbelief, and grow in greater faith to see the will of God completed on earth, as it is in heaven. I’m so glad God is patient with each of us along our walk of faith!! May your faith climb to new heights like you have never seen before!
The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much James 5:16
Back in July our friends Mike and Karen asked us to pray for baby Collin. After some difficulties during child birth, Colin had just been born with severe complications. He was born with blood on his brain, and struggling to breath/survive. His life was in serious danger with talk of not making it or at a minimum, they said he would likely have brain damage.
We prayed one Saturday while on the streets with our prayer team including several other days with Laury and I individually declaring that the baby would recover fully with no side effects, in the mighty name of Jesus. In fact, there were a whole lot of people offering fervent prayer on behalf of baby Colin and his mother. . This was him in the beginning.
But almost immediately, prayers were answered and Collin started to quickly improve. Within a couple weeks he was feeding normal, and off the respirators and feeding tubes. The term kept coming up “miraculous” with the doctors and nurses and Collin was called the “miracle baby” when he was released with no ailments, no brain damage, and perfectly healthy on August 13th. To God be the Glory! Amen