There are no tennis elbows in Heaven …

We are taught by Jesus to pray …

Your kingdom come … Your will be done … On Earth as it is in heaven

(Matthew 6:10) 

The “Lord’s Prayer”, as it is commonly known, is the only scripted prayer that Jesus left us with … it is the only “precedent prayer”, or “formula prayer” that we can stand firm on and believe for … it is the perfect prayer … it is the prayer that Jesus left us having said:

When you pray … pray this …

So, the issue was never “if” you pray, but “when” you pray … therefore, when we pray we can ask … does this exist in Heaven?  Does this issue, circumstance, sickness, disease, terror, lack, fear exist in Heaven?  If the answer is “no” then we, with absolute surety, can tell the thing, the condition, the problem, the sickness to leave, knowing that if it is not in Heaven then it is not God’s will for it to be here on Earth, and as son’s and daughters of the Kingdom of Heaven it is our job, our mandate, our privilege, to tell that thing to go and to release through prayer and decree Heaven on Earth in all situations and circumstances …

I was out shopping with my five-year-old.

I was over the experience; however, I had promised him that we would look at the Christmas decorations in Myers in the hope of finding his piano and ballet teachers a gift …

I had decided to head home, but as I did, he reminded me, steadfast in his focus, that we had still to visit the Christmas decoration section … his favourite section at Christmas time.

I knew I had to see the promise through … not just as a matter of integrity, but because I sensed, through his reminder that there may just be something in it … I sensed that his reminder was prophetic in nature (through the lips of babes :-)) … perhaps God had something there for me, for him, for us … for someone else?  Perhaps we would find that elusive gift, I hoped so … but regardless I just knew we had to go … and so I took a deep breath and made my way up the escalators … that cup of tea at home would wait.

We wandered around looking for a musical decoration, to suit his piano teacher, or a ballerina decoration, for his ballet teacher … and as I scanned the items I found some gold keys with imitation amethyst stones in the handles (there were two types of keys, both the same, but with different locks) … I looked and knew  I had to buy them as a set … I sensed they were for a friend, but they were so pretty I decided I wanted some too.  I checked internally with God and felt His assent at the purchase and so with two sets of keys in hand, one set for me and one set for my friend, I made my way to the cash register, knowing I had found the treasure God had wanted me to find here … 

As I paid I noticed that the woman behind the counter had a brace on her elbow.  I silently asked God if I was to offer to pray for her … I didn’t want to – I just knew she would say “no” … she looked like a “no” … and I really did not feel like copping another “no” …

I stood, knowing what God wanted me to do, and so I assented to His will, to His desire, and gently asked this woman if she had tennis elbow and asked if she would like me to pray, explaining that I was a Christian and that the injury was not God’s will for her … especially not at Christmas time.

She looked at me, immediately lit up and said “oh yes please, would you, that would be lovely, oh, but you are so busy, do you have time?”

Surprised and relieved I explained that yes, I was busy, but I would wait for her to serve the other person standing at the counter, with me, that God wanted her healed, and that she was worth the wait, in His eyes and in mine … and, as I said this a large number of people started to queue where before there had been just been one …

My son and I silently waited to the side, for her to finish serving the people … her looking over to me, apologising, and me saying it was ok … I would wait …

As she finished, she hurried over to me, asking where she should stand, how she should stand, how long would it take etc …

I said just stand here, it will only take a minute and I asked her name as I told her mine …

I placed my hand on her arm, invited the Holy Spirit to come and commanded the elbow to be healed, telling all pain to leave.  I then released healing and the oil of the Holy Spirit.  “On earth as it is in Heaven” I prayed …

The anointing came quickly and powerfully, I felt it sweep and swirl all around me, powerful with intent … and then it left, as quickly and as it came …

I felt like I should pray longer … thoughts raced through my head … surely I had to pray more, but I corrected myself, knowing that I should not be religious and pray past the purposes of God … so in faith I stopped and asked her to check it out …

She gently twisted her arm, moved it up and down, and opened and shut her hand … and she said there was no pain …

I said are you sure?  Check it out some more …

She tried it out more aggressively … saying with eyes wide open … “the pain is completely gone!”

I smiled and said … “well God loves you and does not want you in pain anymore … there are no tennis elbows in Heaven, so it does not belong in you here on Earth … Jesus taught us to pray “on Earth as it is in Heaven” and he wants you healed, especially at Christmas time …

Overwhelmed with a love and affection for her I asked if I could give her a kiss.  She assented and I gave her a hug and kiss, wished her a Merry Christmas and with relief that I was now going home to a cup of tea and with the excitement that I had seen an instant healing after such a long time of gradual healings, or emotional healings (which are just as valuable but are not seen) … I left, full of joy, gratitude and hope knowing that she would have a lovely Christmas … having been touched by a loving God that gave His only Son …

Yes, I happily left, full of that wonderful feeling of being used by a Good God.  I walked out with an afterglow of anointing still discernible, mixed with a sense of His thanks and pleasure … 

Both she and I had encountered God’s goodness in an experiential manner and both of us knew beyond any intellectual doubt that …

God is Good!

Post Script: ironically, all four keys were for the friend … He does have a sense of humour, but that is another story.

Stepping out with the Kingdom of Heaven at the basketball (K’s story of a Good God)

A friend of mine has been stepping out and offering the Kingdom of Heaven as she goes … where ever she is … be it work, her son’s basketball, where ever.  I love her testimonies (see link for some others).  She sent me more testimonies last week and they continue to inspire me to keep going.  She sent this testimony today. 

Because K chose to believe and release Heaven’s healing in faith, a young boy may be healed and may be ready to play basketball sooner than he would have been.  As a minimum, at the time, the pain receded, relief came for the boy as he waited for the ambulance, and favour was released …

K writes in her email dated 4th August 2011:

This stepping out is really becoming a lifestyle thing …

Last night I went to pick up S [her son] from basketball training. When I arrived one of the boys on the team had fallen and hurt his elbow pretty badly, so much so that the Coach had called an ambulance. They feared it was dislocated or even broken. All the boys had run down to the entrance of the school to wait for the ambulance & the Coach was outside speaking to 000. When I went into the gym, the boy J was sitting with his mum looking quite ill and he was in a terrible amount of pain.

I sat next to him and his mum and asked if I could pray for him while we waited for the ambulance.  They agreed.

I commanded the pain to go and asked the Holy Spirit to come in and heal his elbow. I asked that his elbow would not be broken and that the peace of God would flow over him and his mum.  I then asked how the pain was, he said it was still there but not as intense. I said I wouldn’t touch his elbow but would hold my hand near it and keep praying, so I sat there quietly praying for peace & healing & praying in my heavenly language.  I asked him if he could feel anything. He said he could feel heat coming from my hands. I explained that he could feel the healing presence of the Holy Spirit. I then began sharing testimonies of healing with him & telling him I believe God is going to heal him & he will be playing basketball in no time.

When his Coach came in she said he looked much better and had his colour back. He was still in some pain though. Unfortunately I had to leave as I had family waiting for me at home as we had to go to a function that night.

I just spoke to his mum this morning [the day after].  She was thankful for my prayers and she believed it made a great deal of difference for him.  God is so good, because they were shown favour went they went to the hospital & were seen in 1 ½ hours when the place was absolutely hopping.  The x-rays couldn’t confirm a break as there was too much fluid to see, so they have put  a support cast under his lower arm to protect it until they can x ray again on Monday.   They said if he can stretch his arm out straight by then all will be good.  – Yay!

So I encouraged his mum to keep praying healing scriptures over him & to keep commanding the pain to go. I shared with her my journey in believing God’s word and activating it. So I am still waiting and believing in a complete healing…

My friend knows, and is discovering more and more, who she is in Christ, and she is choosing to step into her identity.

Jesus said:

Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do, he will do also; and greater works than these he will do; because I go to the Father.”

John 14:12 (NASB)

And so she steps out … and God backs her up, because we have His word that He will, His word is good, and he fulfils His word because …

God is Good!

Link to another of K’s testimonys (healing of migraine): http://godisgoodstories.com/2011/03/09/migraine-gone-game-won-ks-story-of-a-good-god/