Still recovering from the Benny Hinn clone mentioned in the last post, I feel compelled to relate what really happens in a true healing service (for those who've never been involved in one). First and foremost, the sacrament of Holy Communion is a prerequisite to inviting the presence of the Holy Spirit. Once sins are confessed and Christ has shared His meal with all present, that is when calling upon the Holy Spirit is best done.
It is with authority that the one with the gift of healing calls upon The Lord to intervene in the life of the afflicted. An anointing with oil takes place (I tend to reserve this for an elder to do) followed by specific prayer for the afflicted. The prayer said is as follows:
"Our Lord, Jesus Christ, who gave authority to His disciples to lay hands upon the afflicted that they may recover...have mercy on you. Give you strength of mind, spirit, soul and body, but most of all, give you faith in His power to heal. By His authority commended unto me, I lay my hands upon you in the name of Jesus Christ, our lord and savior...amen."
I cannot tell all the healings that have taken place in these services, primarily, because I don't know. I've shared some here on this blog...but not all. Perhaps, 10% of the healings are in these pages. God is so very great, so very merciful, so very generous with His grace.'
If someone, anyone, who professes to have this gift ever asks for a donation, I would consider the gift not to be genuine. It's a sign of a charlatan. Frankly, I try to avoid doing the services because people tend to focus on the one with the gift, rather than the giver of the gift. A gift is just that...not asked for and usually unexpected. But failing to acknowledge that it has been given is an insult to the giver.
My prayer is that if someone needs the intervention of our most holy Father, and they seek me for the intervention, I pray that I'm pure enough for our Almighty Father to work through me. If you think that is easy...try it sometime.
Most in the healing ministry are literally dumbfounded by why it is they are called. I fit in that camp. Fit very, very well.
But you know, when called for whatever our part may be in the Body of Christ, if we don't heed that call, it is not good. I ask, what does one do when the call doesn't fit neatly into one's plans, goals, and objectives. I yield. Sometimes, ever so reluctantly, I yield. Do we all yield as we're prompted to do. In all sincerity, I hope so.
I'm ever-so-grateful for the teacher in our Sunday school class, one who is called to teach. I'm ever-so-humbled by our pastor who is called to minister, and does it so very well. And, finally, I'm ever-so-humbled by the Holy Spirit, who chooses who it is to do whatever It desires, in the interest of making the body complete. Praise God!