“But the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came in fear and trembling and fell down before him and told him the whole truth.” Mark 6:33
The woman knew that she only needed to touch the clothes that Jesus was wearing and she would be healed. And it happened just like that. She touched the garment Jesus was wearing and Jesus knew that power had gone out from him. She was instantly made well. Sometimes we just know that something is going to happen.
Sometimes we know things in our spirit without having a logical reason for it. Some might call it intuition, but it is more than that. It is part of being prophetic. Many times I pray for people who present themselves with a disease or pain in their body and I have no idea whether or not they will be healed when I pray for them.
There are other times when it is completely different. There are times that I have a high degree confidence that the Lord is going to do something for them. And in certain instances I just know beyond a shadow of a doubt that the Lord is going to heal the person.
Sometimes we are aided by a word of knowledge. When God gives us some pre-information about the person that can be established but of which we have no prior knowledge, it boosts the level of faith both for the person praying and the one being prayed for.
But sometimes it goes deeper than that. Hebrews 11:1 says, “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” Sometimes it is the gift of faith in the moment. Something arises in our spirit that gives us an assurance and conviction that the Lord is going to heal a particular person in the moment.
A couple of years ago I was on a mission trip to Mexico. When we were in a church on a Saturday night, we were releasing prophetic words for people from the front of the church. The Lord gave me a word of knowledge about knees. Actually, I think I had a sensation in my leg that gave me the sense that God wanted to heal knees. Knowing that this is not my normal pattern when we are prophesying from the front, I knew that the Lord wanted to heal knees. I gave the word about knees and had people test it out. For those who did not receive healing right away, I asked others around them to lay hands on their knees and pray for them. A number of people were healed from knee problems that evening.
Knowing people are going to be healed gives us an increased level of boldness. It is not the boldness that causes us to step out with a let’s-see-what-will-happen attitude but with a confident faith that He is about to do something.
By Ralph Veenstra