No one is required to stand up or raise their hand for the group prayer, but it can be a very powerful experience. Standing back and watching the community come together and be willing to pray with people was an amazing sight to see. I have never been apart of something like that before and it was truly moving! For those who are more comfortable with individual prayer, they had an opportunity to come and receive one on one prayer with our prayer teams.
Joyce Feldpausch has been to a handful of healing masses at a few different parishes, but never had attended one organized like the last at MHT. She shared with us her experience:
“Jared and I had brought our 6 year old daughter with us, which made it unique to begin with. On top of that, the service was laid out with a strong community of prayer time that made us feel comforted. It was set up in such a way that at first made me feel a little apprehensive, but it became a very powerful experience. Father Dennis called out each ailment and asked that anyone experiencing it and seeking prayers, would please raise their hand. The rest of the people were then encouraged to physically move out of their seat and find a raised hand, extend their own hand, and pray with Father over them. It was humbling to reveal our own pleas to God, and also really wonderful to see our daughter witness a strong community of people praying for her, as well as to know others were going through similar struggles. It brought us both to tears bringing her around to different hurting and broken people. Teaching her that she can be a part of God's healing love just by extending her hand in prayer was so eye-opening for us.”
We had a gentleman that received healing in his knee during the group prayer time. We asked anyone with leg, knee, or foot pain to raise their hand. Gerry Davis put his hand up and people around him went over and prayed over him. After being prayed with his knee was significantly better and came forward to testify to his healing. It was amazing! “My knee is better since being prayed over at the last Holy Spirit encounter. I give all the credit to our God and am thankful for His great love for us. I look forward to the next Holy Spirit encounter to see God’s great work for us.”
One person came up to the prayer team who needed their white blood count to go up in order to be able to have a needed surgery next week. After being prayed with the blood count level went up and was within the allowable range. Many people that came for prayer left with more peace or experiencing God’s love. Jesus desires to heal and restore, he does all the real work, we just
share God’s love with the person we are praying with. As we’ve been praying for the Holy Spirit Encounter night on January 27 we have a sense that the Lord really wants to pour out his love and grace. God in his goodness wants to shower his children with blessings, we just need to open ourselves up to receive it.