Expect the Unexpected
A few months ago, Church of the City's "Healing Prayer Training Session" announcement instantly piqued my interest. How do you pray for healing? I went with much curiosity. After a few praise songs, Ale and Ben came up to introduce and share what their healing ministry was about. When the main speaker, Markus, came up to speak, I said to myself, "I should pray for my ear." My left ear had been bothering me, and swelling in that ear was getting worse due to (underwater MP3 Player) ear plugs for swimming. I had even made an acupuncture appointment for the next day, hoping that would make it better because I was dreading the thought of going to a medical doctor. "Lord, would you heal my ear. Clear it," I prayed as Markus was sharing countless testimonies. As he was wrapping up his stories and sharing practical tips for healing prayer, he said he wanted to pray for the people in the room. "You guys are here because you are hungry for more of His Spirit." I relaxed, got in a comfortable position in my seat, palms up and eyes closed. Less than a minute later, I felt a woman's hand placed on my head. I was glad that someone had the opportunity to physically lay hands on me. As soon as her hand was lifted off, I felt this tinkling sensation on the lower left side of my head, and the swelling and pain went out from my left ear. As I was feeling this, I saw the sparkles of many tiny lights flying off as if lights were falling out of a black frame. It reminded me of fireflies. Well-orchestrated fireflies. I opened my eyes and thought, "Stop. Are you serious?!" My ear felt completely back to normal. I waited to see if it was for real before sharing the story with a friend who was sitting next to me. I went to this gathering with the hopes of learning how to pray for healing. But God showed me how to do it by letting me sample a healing prayer.
What a creative, generous God we serve who knows how to teach us in the language that we speak in. He meets us wherever we are, and all we have to do is just SHOW UP! What a gift. I expect nothing but miracles from Him.
Born Again Feet
I came in to 39th St. a week ago Saturday, St. Patrick’s Day, and London and Markus prayed for me. My lovely wife couldn’t leave the apartment. We prayed for her and for the same things for me as two weeks before – the effects of probably a stroke – and this time, more so for painful arthritis and possibly fasciaitus (sp?) in both feet. Well, during the prayer, a very strong surge of God’s love power flowed through their hands and filled my entire body. After they were finished praying, Markus asked me, “Did you feel that?” How could I not? He suggested I just accept it, and I almost forgot my walking staff as I left. Walking across town, on St. Patrick’s Day, was a bit of a trial because of crowd control. I saw an art show, I felt better, but life was pretty much the same. Monday morning though, my feet were immediately different at the beginning of the day. Not only did they no longer hurt, but they worked with a freedom that was completely new. The toe joints all move. The plantars are no longer in such tension that it feels they’ll snap. The ankles comfortably rotate to all angles.
I’ve searched in my vocabulary for words to describe this. I call my feet Born-Again Feet because they are not the same as they were years ago, before the disease. They’re an up-grade. At work, I’ve said it’s like walking on clouds when the clouds squeeze up between my toes like mashed potatoes. Each step is truly enjoyable, like nothing I’ve ever experienced before. And not only are my feet new and born-again, but my experience in life is transformed in a way that will play-out in time. The first healing of me, at Vineyard in 1982, The Lord set up circumstances and a cast of thousands to heal me. This time He went right into my body and changed it, never to be the same again. Now I’ve got Gospel Feet and had another encounter with Forever.
So – how can I say thanks?
Dear Ark Healing Rooms,
Thank you for praying for my little brother Lucas ~ after 5 weeks of anguishing internal bleeding and 2 months waiting to receive his medical test results all the results came back PERFECT ~ no trace of anything. They met with one of the top gastroenterologists of Spain and they don’t know what he had but it is clearly gone. Praise God for his Faithfulness in Healing Lucas ~ I pray this testimony would strengthen Lucas’ and my family’s faith
I have a steel plate and screws in my ankle and leg from a ski accident a few years ago. After Markus’s prayer last night, something was different, but I couldn’t figure out what it was. It wasn’t until I was home and in bed, that I realized what felt strange was that my right leg was squarely in alignment! And it was comfortable to lay straight because my right leg wasn’t swaying one way... and it was chronic so I hadn’t even realized that it was a big deal, until it went away!! And so then I kneeled down in prayer, and it was crazy because my right foot was all of a sudden painless. The places where it was stiff before, I could only feel on my left foot now. So I praised God and slept so well.... and I wrote everything down to tell you all, but wanted to wait until after I had gone for a run today to see if there was any change in pain... and low and behold. Again, the chronic pain that I had been feeling for forever, in my ankle, knee and hip - was gone!!! The only place I could feel the impact on my right side was the old fracture wounds where the bone itself had healed over. And throughout this entire time the difference was so stark because my left leg had been compensating and had pain too, but my right side was always more problematic so I didn’t even pay attention to the left. But the fact that I could feel just how much pain my left side had too for the first time, was just a testament the healing on my right!! PRAISE GOD!!!!!! He is SO AMAZING.
I was involved in a auto collision 20 years ago, while riding my motorcycle a car pulled out of a street right in front of me and we collided head on. I was thrown two car lengths over the car and landed on my back, I was taken to hospital and the doctors told me I was lucky that no bones were broken and I had no injuries, although I had a lot of pain in my wrists and lower back they could find nothing wrong. I then spent about a year visiting various specialists who also could not find anything, so I decided to try pain management instead of looking for treatment. I had regular visits to the chiropractor for traction, this helped reduce the pain. Over the years I had learnt to live with the pain, until I heard about The Ark Healing Rooms and asked Markus to pray for me. As he was praying I could feel the pain radiating from my lower back up to his hand on my shoulder, and as soon as he finished praying I was blown away by the instant relief. After 20 years the pain in both my wrists and my back was gone, I couldn’t believe a 2 minute prayer had completely healed me. The next few days were amazing as I had forgotten how good it felt to wake up in the morning without excruciating back pain.
Thank you, again, for praying with me two Saturdays ago; it has made a world of difference for me in my relationships and also in my health. After we prayed, I experienced a relief from wheezing and other asthmatic symptoms. As you walked me through the very powerful prayer, "Jesus, I quit," so much anxiety and religiosity was released from me. Thank you for praying for me to abandon a spirit of performance, so that I could freely receive healing and acceptance from God.
I have to constantly remind myself that I cannot earn healing, but that healing is a free gift from God for all who believe and embrace identity as His children. I believe that God accepts me and is proud of me all by myself. I believe that I cannot do anything to make Him love me more, and I cannot do anything to make Him love me less. God bless you and everyone else at Ark Healing Rooms.
It was my first time yesterday. I heard about it from my friend Clara a year ago. I’ve been meaning to come for a while. One of the prayer ministry leaders Ally prayed for me last night. I lost my taste for 2 weeks. I wasn’t sick. It was just gone. Super sad. No taste of coffee wine or food! I had a few people pray for healing. It came back partially. Last night Ally prayed for me, I tasted some gum. I couldn’t get the same flavors as she described. She prayed again. I tasted the sweetness. But still not all. Then she prayed again and she had a granola bar. So she didn’t show me what it was but gave me a piece. I knew it was cashew cookie Lara right away!!! And when I got home I could taste ALL of my food!!!
Heaven in Business
A week before the Holidays I was at a customer in Toronto. The second day I was there, the head of HR department came to ask me if I would be willing to pray for one of the workers. ( She heard from the CEO that I am a Christian )The HR person is a lovely women who always tells me when I come to see them that I carry such peace into the company which is a testimony for Jesus itself. Of course I agreed to pray for the woman so we went straight down to see her. It turned out that woman, who is from India, experienced a rather sad loss in her family which caused her a lot of pain emotional and physical. She then she had a frozen shoulder and no feeling in her left hand. Just looking at her the way she spoke to me in a broken English gave me the faith that she will be completely healed. One quick prayer and she was completely healed. She looked at me after the prayer wanted to say something but couldn’t. She just had an encounter with God who healed her. Over the next few days she kept coming to see me telling me how free she feels and that the pain and numbness is completely gone. Praise God.
2 hours later I was called to the front desk, so I went. As I approached the front desk the lady sitting at the desk stood there with a smile on her face. She said “rumors say you are a healer ?” “No, it’s not me, it’s the one who lives within me,” I replied. Well, she said, the cleaning lady has a condition she is afraid to ask me if I would pray for her. We walked straight to the lady and there she was in the back with another coworker. It turned out that she had back pain for a few years that lasts all day and that she has a bone growing out of her heel which causes a pinching pain on every step she takes. Apparently there was nothing the doctors could do about it. I realized that she was limping when I saw her walking through the factory so I thought one of her legs is shorter but it turned out they were completely even. I prayed for her back and heel. The pain in her back left on the spot but the heel was still the same. She was so happy about not having pain in her back anymore and said “ maybe one day my heel will also be healed”. The next day when I saw her I asked her how she felt and she said that the heel is still the same, still pain. The next day I asked her again and she responded the same way. The next day when I saw her she came running toward me when she saw me with her hands raised up to heaven, a big smile on her face and shouting “ it is healing “ almost no pain anymore. God is sooooo good.
One hour later, a coworker from the first lady came to me and asked me if I could pray for her wrist and her ankle. She hurt her wrist a few weeks ago, went to the doctor, did an x-ray when they found out that some bones got twisted but they couldn’t do anything about it. You could see a bump on her wrist. So I prayed for her but nothing happened. I prayed again, nothing happened. So I said, “ I believe everything will be OK again”. She also had an encounter as I was praying for her. Her eyes were glowing and she felt so much peace. The next day I asked her too how she felt. The reply was ” still the same.” The next day she too came to see me and said it is already so much better. Almost no more pain. Praise God.
The last day I was at the customer, the head of HR department came to see me. She said that she told her whole family about what happened over the past few days. They have a few people they want me to pray for. The lady said that she wants me to pray for her before she leaves today for the Holidays, and that she wants me to teach her about Jesus and healings. When I prayed for her she almost passed out. She just stood there for a few seconds after I was finished with her eyes closed and a huge smile on her face. When she opened her eyes she said. I feel so much peace right now.
Thank you Jesus.
Heaven in Business. Revival is happening.
The cancer cells are dying!
At a Healing Rooms meeting back on June 10th of this year, we had recorded a prayer for a woman who is the mother of one of my colleagues. At the time she had been placed in Palliative Care with late stage Pancreatic Cancer. The day we recorded the prayer, I sent the audio to my colleague for him to share with his mom. In speaking with him over the phone today regarding a work-related item, he changed the subject and said the following: “Oh, and whatever you’re doing keep it up… because my mom is now officially considered a ‘Cancer Survivor’ because she has lived so long with the condition and they’re making her a t-shirt that says something to that effect. In the health system, she’s still considered to be in Palliative Care, but her CA (Cancer Antigen) levels have gone from 384 (high) to 19 (low). The doctor said to her, “the cancer cells are dying!!!”
Healed From Foot Pain
I went to the Ark Healing room a few weeks ago, had very bad pain on foot after a trip I took. I was planning to go to DR the following week if not better. However, after prayer later if felt much better and Monday my foot was fine. Praise God.
Healed From Hip Pain
A few months ago I had to go to Italy through work to a big exhibition which is held once every 4 years. I didn’t really want to go but I soon realized God wanted me to be there. The first day of the show I saw a former colleague of mine who I know from Germany and who was also on our booth. I realized right away that she was in pain. A few days later I sat next to her during breakfast in the hotel we all stayed. I asked her what’s going on in her life and she gave me the full list. It turned out that she had an infection on the bones of her left hip. The doctors didn’t know what to do anymore. They gave her all kind of medication and treatments but nothing helped. The condition in her hip came to a point where she almost couldn’t stand or walk much anymore and standing all day at the show caused her a lot of pain. Additionally, the medication caused a lot of side effects which she had to deal. The whole thing had started almost a year before. That day I only listened to her. The next day I sat again next to her during breakfast and then I told her that I know somebody who can heal her. When I told her that Jesus wants to show her how much He loves her she broke down in tears and there I knew she will be healed. A few minutes later we went to the lobby of the hotel where I prayed for her. She got completely healed on the spot. She didn’t have to take the medication anymore, she stood all day at the show and she walked as if nothing happened. Two weeks after she was back in Germany she went to the doctor to do an x-ray to see if there was any infection left and it was all gone. God is able.
Two retired business guys came again unannounced to our office to see what’s new and to just talk. Both of them started talking about some health issues they were having. A colleague of mine who was in the meeting too listened carefully and I just sat there asking God what He wants to do here. Well, after the two guys shared their health issues, my colleague stood up and said, “I guess you guys have to talk to Markus” and walked out of the conference room. One of the guys looked at me and asked me if I am a healer and all I said was “not me but the one who lives within me, and that is Jesus”. The other guy pulled up his pants and said that he has a lot of pain in his knee. That was the main reason why they stopped by our office. He could barely walk anymore. A quick prayer and the pain was completely gone he walked without restriction. As I was praying for him I looked into his eyes and got such compassion for him as I saw that he has hearing aids in both ears. So I asked him if I could pray for his ears which he agreed to. He took both hearing aids out and put them on the table. After I prayed for him he reached out to his hearing aids and put them into his pocket. No need anymore. Despite his hearing aids, he always read peoples lips to fully understand what they were saying. I was sitting right next to him and started talking to the other guy. He couldn’t see my lips so I whispered to check if he understood me and he repeated everything I said. The other guy couldn’t believe what he just experienced and asked if I could also pray for his left ear. Apparently he only heard about 20% out of it. His ear turned red and he felt a lot of heat coming out of my hand as I was laying my hand on to pray. It opened completely. A few weeks prior to that he had broken his shoulder and therefore couldn’t move his arm up above his belt. He was about to get an operation to fix it. I asked him if I could pray for that too. As I put my hand on his shoulder and started praying I felt the bones getting realigned. He was able to move his arm all the way up without any pain or restriction.
Both left our office totally in awe to what happened. Every time I see them they smile at me and thumbs up. Heaven in business. God is so good.
Healed From Arthritis
One evening a friend called and asked if I would meet up to pray for her. She had pain all over her body due to arthritis. I agreed to meet with her in a coffee shop a little later. She was at the place before me, which is not the norm, but later on I knew why. As I got there she just looked at me as I took a chair to sit right next to her. I asked her how she feels and she said “I don’t believe this”. On the way from her place to the coffee shop she had apparently a lot of pain and was glad when she finally was able to sit down. She knew I was on my way and only a few minutes away and as I came closer she had less and less pain and when I sat down right next to her the pain was completely gone.
God’s presence healed her right there. Glory to God!
Healed From Asthma
At the first evening of a business leadership seminar I attended, the CEO’s daughter introduced herself in front of the group and mentioned in between that she has Asthma. Well, the next day during a break in the afternoon I walked up to her and introduced myself. I knew her and her family were believers so I asked if I could pray for her which she was very open to. She was one of the first people I ever prayed for and didn’t really believe that something would happen. A few hours later just before the first evening session she came up to me with a big smile on her face and said that she is healed from Asthma. I said how do you know. She said every few hours she had to use the little spray to inhale to prevent an Asthma attack but that she hadn’t used it since I prayed for her. That was almost 3 years ago. She was so overwhelmed with joy. Thank you Jesus!
Healed From a Fall Down The Stairs
At the same leadership conference as where the CEO’s daughter got healed from Asthma a woman on the first evening missed the last 3 steps on the way leaving the main building, fell down and cracked her ankle so bad that she couldn’t put any weight on it for the rest of the weekend. Going to a doctor would have cause her to miss the whole weekend which she didn’t really want so she ended up limping around really bad with a lot of pain until ….
When I saw her the next day hearing what had happened I knew right away that I want to pray for her. All Saturday I wanted to but I didn’t. I was afraid that nothing would happen. Sunday came and we had a little worship session with a short message and then we were dismissed. Just before I left I said to myself if I don’t pray for her now I will regret it for the rest of my life not knowing what would have happened if I prayed for her. So I took all the courage I had, walked up to her as she was still sitting in a chair with her leg up on another chair and ask if I could pray for her an
Healed From a Crushed Ankle
A few months ago a former colleague of mine from Germany came to our office here in New York. Back in the day I used to travel with him quite a lot to Asia but since I left Germany I hadn’t seen him as much. He wasn’t supposed to come on this trip but later on I knew why it was he who came.
When he came to our office I realized right away that he was limping. He is the kind of guy who endures a lot of pain before he starts complaining about it but I could tell he was in pain. One day during lunch I asked him what exactly had happened so he told me the story. He fell of a ladder and his ankle and heel got caught in the ladder when it collapsed and literally worked as a vise and crushed his ankle and heel into pieces. In the hospital he was told that he has 2 options. Either they could replace some bones and fix the ankle in place such that he would no longer have pain but wouldn’t be able to move the ankle anymore, or they put some steel wires and nails in his ankle which would give him the ability to walk with restrictions but he would have pain for the rest of his life. He chose to have pain. After he told me I knew that God is going to do something and he did. Walking back to the office I told him that I want to pray for him believing that he will be healed. He looked at me as and said that normally he was not open to such things but because he knew and trusted me, he was open to it. Little later we were sitting in our conference room, I laid my hand on him and God touched him big time. Not only has he been pain free since, but he can also almost walk normally again, with nails and wires. He stopped right away taking pain killers which also caused some side effects. That was the first time I saw tears in his eyes.
It’s written that we will see greater things than He did.….. Praise God.
A Young Couple's Pregnancy Journey
A young couple from China who works in our office tried to have kids. During that time the wife started having some issues which the doctors said may cause problems with getting pregnant. The two approached me and asked if I would pray for them which I certainly did. With the child like faith they had when they ask I had so much peace over the whole thing. Even though she was under medical treatment and we prayed a few times she still had to undergo a little procedure which would cause her not to have any children anymore (from a doctors stand point). A few weeks later after a meeting she wanted to talk to me and that’s when she told me that she is pregnant. She is 8 months in and both of them are so excited to soon be parents. God truly loves family and children. Praise God.
Healed From 22 Years of Headaches
Since one of my colleagues got radically healed the other day, he shares with everybody what God did in his life. A friend of his who has been suffering for 22 years with a severe headache wanted to get to know the one who healed him, Jesus. So we met with her. She said that just before she got married 22 years ago she started getting headaches – sometime so bad that she couldn’t go to work. The past few months she wasn’t able to work anymore due to the pain. She was spending a lot of money on medication, went to every doctor known but nobody was able to help her. She has been told that this condition couldn’t be cured and that she would have to live with it for the rest of her life. I just focused on God and not on the circumstances to hear what God wants to do as she was sharing about her condition. I sensed abuse and unforgiveness which she confirmed when I asked her. Leading her into a short prayer for deliverance and forgiveness and a quick prayer for her headache healed her on the spot. She has had no more headaches since. She hasn’t felt like this in 22 years. What a beautiful God we have. Praise God.
God Is Never Late
A few months ago, the guy who maintains our AC in the office came and the first thing I saw was that he wore a brace on his hand. He said that he hurt his wrist on the job. The doctor told him that he couldn’t put any weight or pressure on it for at least 6 weeks meaning he couldn’t work. That was only 1 week prior to when I met him again. He couldn’t afford not to work for 6 weeks so he worked under quite some pain. I said to him that I want to talk to him before he leaves, knowing somebody who can fix his wrist. After he finished the job he came up to me. I told him that I want to pray for him and that I believe that he will be healed. He looked at me as I am from out of space and said, “Well, knock yourself out “ J
I prayed for him twice but nothing happened. I was so discouraged but didn’t want to show it to him and said as he was leaving, you will see tomorrow morning you will be healed. He left with a smile on his face and I had an argument with God.
2 weeks later the guy had to come for an unexpected service call again to our office. I totally forgot about him and as I saw him I remembered him wearing a brace but that morning he didn’t. The first thing he did when he saw me was showing me his arm with a smile full of gratitude. I asked him what happened and he answered, well it was as you said. The next morning when I woke up I was completely healed. God is never late. Praise God.
Spine Healed As I got out of church something hit me right there and I was in a really bad mood. How ironic J. On the way home I argued quite a bit with God. I was about to cross Park Avenue in New York when I saw a homeless guy on the other side of the road looking at me. I knew right away that he will ask me for money. Fair enough half way crossing the road the guy stood right in front of me asking me for money. The way he asked me was different than any other one yet. As I looked into his eyes I got compassion for him and said I give you 2 things, a prayer and money. Neither one of us knew what was about to happen. All I knew when I started praying for him, was that I was still in a bad mood. I asked what his name was and where he was from. When I finished the short prayer he looked at me with tears in his eyes and said, I can’t believe this, while I had my hand on his shoulder he felt another hand on this chest and another one on his back and he felt the pain he had leaving his body, his spine getting healed and straightened up. Then he told me that he was serving in Iraq and from carrying the heavy gear a few of his disks cracked which caused a lot of pain and he developed a hunchback. Obviously he couldn’t serve any longer and recently he lost his job due to his back pain. I was so in awe. I prayed a second time for protection over his life and favor for a new job. At the end he ask me who I am and all I said, “A son of God”, and then gave him more money than he asked for. As he walked away as a totally different person I started crying and asked God forgiveness for being so mad at him. Thank you Lord for always being so loving and faithful.