Not every day do we witness first-hand Jesus’ amazing power in our lives. We certainly see His work (Col. 1:15-17) each time we walk around the Wainwrights. Yet for Hannah, who last week spent a few days at Soul Survivor (a Christian festival in Staffordshire), Jesus did something amazing that she will remember for the rest of her life.
For years she had been suffering from mild eczema in the crook of her arms and legs, making it uncomfortable for her to walk around the Lake District fells as the heat generated under her fleece and trousers exasperated the condition.
At Soul Survivor – during a worship service for just under 10,000 young people – the leader asked if anyone would like prayer for healing. Bravely, she stepped forward and asked if they would pray for Jesus to heal her eczema. A group of people gathered around her and prayed. Later that evening she noticed that her eczema was nearly all gone. The following day she again responded to the offer of prayer.
This time when she looked at her arms and legs the eczema was completely gone. Her skin was clean, completely healed. Where the eczema had been there was only clear, smooth, soft skin with no trace of redness or itching.
In the Bible, Jesus heals a blind man, but the first time his eyes are not completely healed, so Jesus prays again for him and this time his sight is totally restored (Mark 8:22-26).
How fantastic it is to see Jesus alive today and in our lives. We see His creation each time we walk over the fells and now we have seen His amazing irrefutable power in Hannah’s life. We pray for His help for Tearfund and the children who are being trafficked. We may not always see the work that He is doing in their lives – today new anti-slavery powers have come into force in England and Wales – but we are witness to the work that He did last week in Hannah’s life.
She can’t wait to get on the hills again tomorrow, free of the irritating itching that has plagued her walking for the last six months. We pray for Jesus’ help as we do these Wainwrights, for strength and guidance and He is there in all that we do and see each time. He is also there for all these children and all the people suffering in the world.
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