Fresh Hope – 8th January 2021


I can still see it perfectly today—the place where I was standing when I heard God speak to me.

“Mark…ask me to use you”, He said.

After a stunned silence, for what must have been all of 30 seconds, I said something like this: “Okay, well if it’s alright with you, I’d like you to use me in healing the sick.”

I honestly didn’t think I’d hear anything more back about that, but I was mistaken. The God of the Bible is the God that speaks…I just didn’t realise it at the time. God spoke to me again, and said that He would let me know when I was to go and pray for my first sick person.

I honestly thought that I would be sent to pray for a simple headache, but that wasn’t God’s idea of easing me in. Just a few weeks later my heart sank, when I felt the strong urge to go and pray for a seriously ill young man of 14 that I knew.

For three days I resisted and rejected what I knew for certain I was being asked to do. On the third night, I couldn’t stand the pressure any more, and off I went and found myself standing by his bedside, surrounded by his mates. This young man was not just ill, he was pronounced incurable by the hospital and had been sent home.

He couldn’t get out of bed or even sit up; his physical frame was diminishing fast. I did pray the most simple prayer for him that night, laying my hands on him asking JESUS to heal him. On that, I confidently walked out and left for bed. My confidence was in God alone.

I hardly slept that night in full expectation that this guy was going to be miraculously healed by God. It was 6.30am on the very next morning that he jumped out of bed and cooked the whole family a big breakfast. He hadn’t eaten for weeks himself, but on that morning he got stuck straight into a fry up with no ill effects.

Today he is still perfectly healthy and never did go back to the doctors.

Mark 16:17-18 “And these signs will accompany those who believe…they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well.”

Will you ask God to use you today?

Pastor Mark

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