I recently started healing prayer ministry and my first experience surprised me in terms of how God uses us.
I felt very called to that ministry and confirmed in it, but I thought God was going to use me in a different way than he did.
Healing prayer nights for this ministry consist of Eucharistic Adoration, praise and worship, proclamation of the Gospel, congregational healing prayer, and individual healing prayer with teams.
I had a sense that God would use me for revealing Words of Knowledge in prayer, because wisdom is generally my spiritual gift, and while he did in two minor ways, he primarily used my voice as a means of healing.
We were singing praise and worship during Adoration, and I was in the midst of the congregation. As I was singing the songs which echoed themes of healing and reconciliation with God, I noticed the two people in front of me touched. The one lady with tears in her eyes.
Then at the end, I was sensing more and more that my voice was the healing mechanism God was using, and that was confirmed. After Benediction, a healing prayer team member told me I had a beautiful voice.
But that’s not how I expected God to act or use me. I expected the prayer itself to be the mechanism of healing. Instead, my voice was. My voice singing the following lyrics somehow stirred deeper faith in God’s healing power:
Light in the darkness
My God that is who you are.
What that taught me is that God can and does use our gifts in surprising ways to bring healing and comfort to others, and draw them back into His love. Because it’s precisely faith that brings the healing.
May your song, may your belief in God's healing power, may your visible faith bring healing to others too.