LIGHT TO SEE
Jesus declared He was the light of the world. John 9:5 records it for us, “As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” The very next verse is about healing. “When He had said these things, He spat on the ground and made clay with the saliva; and He anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay.” The light of the world brings healing at many different levels.
Most of us are aware that the healing can take some time. We would prefer for healing to be instant, and sometimes it is. In the case of the blind man, Jesus did some inner healing work with him first. Jesus spat on the ground and made clay with the saliva” (v. 6b) The very sound of spit falling on the ground had to be familiar to this man. The first century Jew believed that blindness was a curse and therefore blind people were considered cursed. Many would have spit on this man, since he was cursed, and continued on their way. The very sound of spit represents disrespect. That was what the blind man heard as the first sound of his healing. This familiar sign of disrespect turned into the first part of his healing story.
The blind man must have then noticed that the spitter (Jesus) didn’t continue on. He paused. The blind man probably tensed and thought, “Now what?” He must have “sensed” Jesus’ presence as Jesus lingered and “heard” as Jesus made some clay in his hands. Then “felt“ the clay (or dirt) as it smeared onto his face. This could have felt like an extra step to endure before this Jewish leader would leave him alone. He didn’t hear the clanging of change. When Jesus spoke, he gave a command. “Now go and wash the clay from your eyes in the ritual pool of Siloam” (v.7a).
So, this man Jesus had made a dirt pie mess in His hands (and who knew when the last time Jesus’ hands were washed), and put it on his face. Then Jesus had ordered him to go do something—in front of a crowd. That has to feel pretty low. There wasn’t even the promise of food or money. He had to get that clay off his eyes now. So why not go and wash somewhere? But he had been told specifically where to wash. Instead of pouting, challenging, disagreeing, or ignoring the order, this blind man swallowed all his pride and went and did exactly as he was told. The Passion Translation says that “as he came back, he could see for the first time in his life!” (v.7b).
“This caused quite a stir among the people of the neighborhood, for they noticed the blind beggar was now seeing!” (v.8). The now-seeing man was ready to tell everyone what happened. The crowd pushed him in front of the Jewish elite. He told the whole story. Instead of being happy for the man, the leaders seemed upset. Then the leaders demanded to see his parents. The parents acknowledged what happened and threw everything back on this now-seeing man who had no experience in front of these elite types. The now-seeing man stayed with his amazing story and no one could refute this.
He told his story again and was thrown out on the street. Not everyone who gets healed or delivered has an easy time when they come home different. This is true today. A healed person often requires other people to look at things differently and get new lenses. As in Jesus’ day, healing and positive changes can make other people angry that they have to change, take back what they said or concluded, or start looking at things differently. Some have to re-look at themselves in the mirror of Jesus’ words.
Jesus continues to be the light of the world, now shining through His followers. This light dissipates darkness and heals blind spots. And this causes people to have to see things through the filter of truth. There could be some challenges in the process. The people and the leaders needed to test the situation in Jesus’ day. As the now-seeing man did then, we must stay with our story and our knowledge of the truth of what Jesus has done for us. And continue in prayer even after the current day miracle happens.
We celebrate Christmas in the tested truth of history. But, in the moment, Joseph and Mary met a lot of people who didn’t understand and had a hard time accepting a never-before event of a virgin birth. Today, we think it is wonderful confirmation of prophecy. But then, it was disruption and disarray for Mary and Joseph as they fled the country, leaving behind everything they knew and loved for several years before it was safe to return. Even then, they had to live with people’s snickering and suspicions and misjudgments. Truth prevailed! And it caused everything to be looked at differently. Truth will continue to prevail throughout time.
God Answers Prayer
Since our last Healing Rooms Open Hours:
A woman came in who had to make some difficult decisions. She received a verse from one prayer minister and a picture image from another prayer minister. God spoke quietly to her heart to trust Him the next day. The appointment time came and it went the opposite of what she had been expecting, in a good way. No difficult decision had to be made and it was a win/win for all involved.
One person’s pain went from a 5 to a 0. She was blessed with on-target words of knowledge. The Holy Spirit gave her a strategy for prayer. She was tremendously encouraged by the prayer team ministers. Since her prayer time, she has experienced breakthrough healing in her digestion.
A woman reported that her experience was, “Good.” Her daughter-in-law was prayed for as well. The daughter-in-law is now well.
A lady came in to the Healing Rooms in May of this year. She asked for prayer regarding a growth in the joint of her index finger. Three weeks later the growth was completely gone and has not returned. She gives God all the praise.
The teams prayed for jobs, moving decisions, court cases, finding destiny, sleep instead of insomnia, decisions about work, throat issues, parent-children relationships, trauma relief, cancer cells to go, chemotherapy side effects to diminish, breaking curses, marriage challenges, depression and mental well-being, help in caring for elderly parents, financial miracles, physical hearing issues, and prodigal children.
Scheduling An Appointment
Together, Silicon Valley Healing Rooms Prayer Ministers are ready to take your prayer requests to God in prayer. They also seek God’s word for you in advance of the appointment.
We are now taking signups for prayer appointments for Tuesday December 19, 2023.
To sign up for an appointment, there are TWO STEPS:
1. Let us know your TOP THREE APPOINTMENT TIME PREFERENCES, in order of priority.
We will coordinate the teams, and send the zoom information on Monday for the appointment on Tuesday.
2. Share a phone number so we can TEXT you with scheduling changes.
In the event that we are not able to offer you the time frames you desire, you may share a phone number with us to text you if an opening should arise when someone needs to cancel an appointment. This happens from time to time, and we are able to text you to see if you are available to join an available prayer team. All information is confidential to the ministry and is not used for solicitation. This step is optional.
You are welcome to sign up for prayer appointments at the following times listed below:
|11:10 to 11:40 am
|11:55 to 12:25 pm
|12:40 to 1:10 pm
|7:10 to 7:40 pm
|7:55 to 8:25 pm
|8:40 to 9:10 pm
It is our greatest joy to join you in prayer and pray for whatever you want to bring before God.
We pray, believing, knowing, and confident that God answers prayer.
If you don’t need prayer right now, you are welcome to forward this to others you know that might want people to pray with them.
***We love to hear how God has answered prayer. Please share what God has done in your life as a result of prayer. You can reply to this email, or share it in your appointment, or write a comment on our web site.
The spiritual winds are blowing strength, life, and peace into us,
Stephanie Shoquist, Donna Maranon, Jim Clow
Directors, Silicon Valley Healing Rooms Team
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