Broken Ankle

I have witnessed miracles of healing as God met with people. In 1980 I was on another of my many journeys into Guatemala. On one occasion my wife, another couple and I were ministering to an elderly lady who had recently been saved. We had gone to her home to share some teaching with her.

Approximately six months earlier this lady had fallen from a stool and severely broken her ankle. As is often the case with the elderly, the fracture was not healing well. Her ankle was still badly swollen and she was in much pain. While we visited with her, the other gentleman and I both sensed that God wanted to heal her ankle-right then.

After sharing this with her and obtaining her agreement, we asked her to prop her leg on a stool. I began to pray, sort of. Has God ever interrupted you? He did me on this occasion. (Oh, that He would always be so "unmannerly!") When I stepped between her and God to effect a meeting, the presence of God came so powerfully into the room that I stopped in mid-stride and mid­sentence. I had taken one step toward her and uttered one word, "Father."

That's all He needed!

It's as though He was so eager to touch this dear lady that He couldn't wait any longer. I realize that what I'm about to say may sound overly dramatic, but it's exactly what took place.

The presence of the Holy Spirit filled the room so strongly that I froze in my tracks, stopped speaking and began to weep. My wife and the other couple also began to weep. The lady we were ministering to began to weep. Her foot began to bounce up and down on the stool, shaking uncontrollably for several minutes as she had a powerful encounter with the Holy Spirit-a meeting! The Lord healed her and filled her with His Spirit.

Intercessory Prayer by Dutch Sheets, p.52-53. 1996, Gospel Light/Regal Books, Ventura, CA 93003. Used by Permission

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