As he came up to us he said:”I’m a Communist”. He was from an East European country but wouldn’t tell us which one. We explained that we were Christians offering to pray for healing. His next comment was “I’m like (doubting) Thomas” We persuaded him to have a seat and almost immediately I felt the presence of God on us. The lady I was with sensed the same. I could feel the Father’s love for this man and I gave him a few words that I believe were from God, showing this man God the Father’s heart for him.
He had pain in the lower back so we laid hands on him, but he noticed no immediate difference. We prayed again and this time he felt the area that was painful diminish in size. He kept saying he had to go for an appointment. Before he went he gave me his mobile phone number and asked to be informed when we would be out on the streets again, so he could come and see us. We gave him a “Why Jesus? booklet to take away.
I took a quantity of Christmas tracts out with me: “Born a King New Life to Bring” and “Love Came Down at Christmas”. I found that teenagers were very receptive; as their peers received one they wanted one too. We prayed for several people who came and sat down on the chairs.
One Christian woman was distressed, saying she had complained to God that very morning about how bad things were in her life. She listed a dying daughter and a male friend who was pretty unsympathetic to her (the woman’s) problems. She acknowledged she found it hard to receive, as she was always giving out to others. We assured her it was her turn to receive. I told her Jesus was standing in front of her waiting to comfort her. We laid hands on her, prayed and the Spirit came upon her. My team partner gave the woman a word from the Lord, saying He had parcels containing gifts He wanted to give her. The woman readily acknowledged this by telling us what each parcel contained, as the Lord showed her what was in each one! It really was a privilege to be present at that moment! She went away with a new perspective and the assurance that the Lord was working out circumstances for good in her life, despite outward appearances.
While we were there a group of Muslims set up a stall near to ours, giving out leaflets to people assuring them that Islam was not a religion of extremism. I took a Qu’ran and a leaflet specifically addressed to Christians, to read later.
The first woman had met with a couple of Christians some time ago but had drifted away from them and God. I prayed with her, encouraged her and she was happy to take away a Luke’s Gospel. I shared some of my testimony with her to indicate to her the reality of a loving God in the person of Jesus. I also gave her a link to a good British website http://www.newchristian.org.uk and invited her to read the “Share Your Story Here” section which had personal stories on the left hand side of the page.
A lady team member called me over to pray with the second woman. She had relationship issues with her partner who was heavily involved in drug taking. She also had a medical problem that was concerning her. We both prayed and afterwards she said how peaceful she felt. We explained that was the presence of God.
A lady came in for food and while chatting she mentioned a weakness in her left hand and arm. She squeezed my hand with her left hand, and it was really strong. When she tried to do the same with her right hand it was very weak. I offered prayer and the laying on of hands. She was quite agreeable. The first time there was little improvement. After the second session she squeezed my hand and her grip was as strong as the other. She was pleasantly surprised!
Later, a young guy was complaining of continuing pain is his right kneecap after an accident. I shared how the earlier lady had got her strength back. He agreed I could pray so I laid hands on the knee and commanded healing. First of all he said how peaceful he was feeling, and how enjoyable the experience was. After the first session he said there was a 75% improvement and he was happy with that. I said: “No, 75% is not good enough. Jesus gives 100% results” He said OK so I laid hands on him again and commanded healing again and for all pain to go. He then walked around the room and said “”Yep, no more pain – it’s 100% gone!”
After both healings I told them that the enemy may well try to put their symptoms back on them. If that happened, they should “resist the Devil” and command him to go in Jesus’ name. If they did that they would have the victory. Both knew some Bible and I reminded them of how Jesus resisted Satan when he was tempted in the desert.