On August 31st, I received the following voicemail message:
Hi Chris this is Justin. I’m with Rock Church…I talked to my group leader and I was telling him I was interested in seeing someone for prayer for a condition I’m having. I’ve been to the doctors and they don’t know what it is. I spoke with a friend and he really encouraged me to seek out prayer. I talked to Andy (at Rock Church) about it and he gave me your number. I was trying to get in contact with you.
I didn’t know till later who Andy was, but I have been getting referrals for healing from other churches and I was happy to call Justin. When I called him, he told me that for the last year and a half he has been suffering from a condition that has left him severely fatigued with achy, flu-like symptoms.
Some days I just don’t want to get out of bed. It hinders everything. The aches are everywhere….legs, thighs, back…throughout my entire body. I have headaches. I’ve even seen my arm twitching.
To fill the atmosphere with faith, I shared with Justin some of the recent healing we have witnessed. I explained that if people could be healed from cloths that touched Peter (Acts 19:11-13) or even healed from Peter’s shadow (Acts 5:14-16), then Justin could be healed over the phone. I also told him about the woman who was healed through a text message. Justin liked the idea of being healed over the phone.
Because I had been carefully taking notes when Justin was talking, I was able to rebuke every symptom of Justin’s illness in the name of Jesus. I spoke healing power over his body and declared him well in Jesus’ name.
As I was praying, I began hearing something loud and disruptive in the background. I kept wondering why Justin didn’t excuse himself from his surroundings and get to a private place, but I decided to just finish my prayer. Before I could finish, Justin interrupted.
Did you hear that?
Yes. What was that?
I started breathing extremely hard!!! When you were praying, I was holding the back of my neck. I was listening to you and my breathing started changing. I couldn’t help it….you heard me, right?
Yeah! I was wondering what that was.
I realized that the sound I heard during the prayer was Justin uncontrollably HEAVING on the phone. He couldn’t believe it.
Justin (still laughing):
Wow!!! That breathing hit me out of nowhere.
We both knew it was the power of God. What makes this SO noteworthy to me is that Justin is a conservative evangelical. He has not been in environments where people are uncontrollably “consumed by the Holy Spirit.” This was the real deal. He couldn’t stop laughing; he found it incredible.
It felt like something was getting pulled out of me….it felt like I was getting released.
How do you feel now?
I feel a lot better. I feel a weight off of me…I feel lighter. My eyes feel better. I feel a lot better than I did before. I feel good! THAT WAS INCREDIBLE!
I can’t help but wonder how this experience will change the way Justin views God’s mercy…or God’s willingness and even His desire to know us on a very personal level.
John 15:15 (Jesus speaking)…
I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.