“Grace is not just a word. Grace is not just a noun. Grace is God’s supernatural, enabling power, and His favor that gives you the strength to be an over-comer of your circumstances. The Lord gives grace to the humble. He will give you more grace. Just ask Him.” (Thirty Days with Jesus in the Secret Place by Yvonne and Sarah Jane Svitlik)
In 2019, my wife and I attended a Global Awakening conference. At the end of the first day, we were asked to pray for the person next to us. The person I prayed for had severe vision impairment and was legally blind. Although I could not pray for his healing at that moment due to time constraints and being asked to vacate the conference center auditorium, I felt a spiritual prompting to reconnect with him the following day. He agreed.
That night, I awoke from my sleep at 4:20 a.m., sobbing into my pillow for a man I had recently met, whom I will call John. Embarrassed, I turned away from my wife so she might not see or hear me. Then, I distinctly heard in my spirit from God that He wanted me to play “Amazing Grace” for this man. In 2019, I received a prophetic word that I was to take my flute with me everywhere, so, in obedience, I brought it to the conference.
It all made sense. God reminded me of the words to the song. “I once was lost, but now I am found, was blind, but now I see.” I believe that God wanted me to pray for the restoration of this man’s physical eyes.
The auditorium and hallways were packed with people, yet the two of us managed to find each other. “Can we go downstairs where it is quiet?” I asked. During our conversation, which lasted almost two hours, he revealed that he had not been blind since birth but believed that a macumba curse, like Voodoo, had been placed on him several years ago while he was on a mission trip to Brazil. Macumba is an Afro-Brazilian religion known for practicing the most powerful black magic.
“If you want to see the sick get healed, you have to get comfortable with being uncomfortable.” – Randy Clark
I was somewhat apprehensive at first because there was a risk of being disappointed should little ol’ me pray for him and he was not healed. Disappointment is natural when you step out in faith, praying for something that appears impossible. It is also the main obstacle that prevents people from experiencing the miraculous wonders of God. However, if you are unwilling to take a risk and step out in faith, you might miss out on His miraculous power to heal and restore. So, in obedience, I decided to obey and allow God to do what came naturally to Him: heal and restore.
As I yielded to God’s direction to pray for John and follow through with playing “Amazing Grace” on my flute, God’s grace empowered me to minister effectively. I felt more confident, and with my authority in Christ, I began praying and commanding healing in Jesus’ Name.
But I would first need to get a benchmark of what John could or could not see. I held up two fingers in my right hand. Then, I held up five fingers in my left hand. In both tests, he could not tell me how many fingers I had raised. However, after praying for him, I re-assessed his sight. I held two fingers in my right hand again, and he miraculously saw them. Then, I held up five fingers in my left hand, and this time, he accurately told me how many fingers I had raised. He even said that he was beginning to make out my facial features, which had previously been blurry. Although he didn’t receive complete healing, he believed that God had started the healing process and was confident he would regain complete restoration of his sight.
“And all things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive” (Matthew 21:22).
I often wonder what would have happened if we had continued to pray.
Although he was not completely healed, it was a beginning. Even though I had hoped to see complete healing, we both needed to continue to believe God was still in control. When we rely on our own strength, the healing process rarely makes sense. This is because God’s faith transcends our own. His faith works supernaturally, beyond the limitations of our natural faith. That’s amazing grace to have such faith.
Copyright 2023 by Bill Hutzel