We had a crowded Maranatha meeting in my home – people were sprawled all over the floor and there was great sense of the presence of Christ.
A lady came who looked really afraid and her husband shared that she was born blind in one eye, the other eye was now failing, she had a very thick lens and she had to go for an operation the following Monday (this was Friday) and she was afraid.
Each time she had gone to the Manchester Royal Eye Hospital she had walked very slowly and fearfully and this time she was going to have to go for an operation, a serious operation. So what we did is we gathered around her and we laid hands on her, on her eyes and her head, and we simply said, “Lord we ask now for a miracle.” And that’s all we said. “In the name of Jesus”.
And we hovered over her for a full fifteen minutes and then we thanked God for answering our prayer. We had no evidence that he had answered but we thanked him.
We had a wonderful evening and they went home, this couple, and then on the Monday, my wife had a phone call from the Manchester Royal Eye Hospital and this lady sounded so excited and she said, “I can see a bus outside the ward.” And Sheila said “Yes.” “You don’t understand Sheila – they took the bandage off my eyes and the eye which I had never been able to see through was perfect.
And the eye which they had operated on was perfect.” And Sheila prayed and told her to be at peace because she seemed so excited she felt she probably didn’t have to move quickly. So that was good. Until we spoke to her husband. And he said, “Dennis that wasn’t a real miracle – let me tell you. For over a year we have never slept.
My wife has been paranoid about going blind, frightened to death, and could never sleep and was so full of fear”. He said she came home that night after that time of prayer and she slept like a baby.
And she slept through the weekend. And the Monday, where normally she would be so afraid, she walked calmly into the hospital completely at peace. He said that the real miracle was that my wife was healed of the fear of going blind.
The actual cure was a bonus. This is how God works. He deals with the real need, not our perceived need. Her real need was to be set free from fear and when that happened, the gates opened. I believe that we must recognise that every prayer is answered, not in the way we necessarily expect.
There is no unanswered prayer. Jesus said ask and you will receive, seek and you will find, knock and the door will be opened up to you. So you look back on experiences like that and you realise, for that man and that woman, there was a touch of Jesus on their lives. And they were both transformed utterly and completely.
God bless you.