We have had the same gardener for ten years and he is dear to us. He often brings his two teenage sons to work with him. They come for two hours twice a month.
Over the years I’ve shared the Lord with Jose a number of times. He loves Jesus and has appreciated receiving The Jesus Movie in Spanish, a Spanish New Testament, numerous tracts, booklets and books for himself and his family. When he went to visit his family in Mexico, I was able to supply him with Christian literature in Spanish to share. He said his parents were grateful.
A few months ago he started having back problems and his sons would do the heavy work for him. One day I noticed him bent over as if in pain and I had an idea. Although I felt somewhat awkward, I did something I’ve never done before.
I poured a little bit of olive oil in a small dish and took it outside. I called Jose and his son over and asked him if he would like me to pray for him. He did. I told him I had some oil to anoint him as we are told to do in the Bible. Jose placed his finger in the oil and put a little on his forehead. His son and I both placed our hands on his shoulders and I prayed aloud.
It was a short prayer, that God would strengthen his back, relieve the pain and heal him, that God would give his doctor wisdom to know the best treatment and care for Jose, that God would bless him and his entire family as they trust in Him. I ended the prayer in the power of Jesus’ name.
That was it. Jose and his son went back to work. That was two months ago. Today Jose is better and continues to work. Is he healed? Not completely, but his back has improved and he is being careful. I am continuing to pray for him. God is good.
- Is any among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord; and the prayer of faith shall save him that is sick, and the Lord shall raise him up. James 5:14-15
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