August 2016 – Testimony of a back being completely healed through prayer…
During worship time at a Goleta Vineyard Sunday church service, a thought just popped into my mind about the possibility of my lower back being healed. It felt like a thought that was inspired by God. Playing basketball over 40 years ago, I herniated a disk in my lower back that has caused chronic discomfort and would periodically disable me when I tweaked it playing golf, or just reaching for something in the wrong way. Recently, I had to give up golf altogether.
Within a few seconds of this thought, and before I could even process it, a man (Jared) came up to me and asked if he could pray for my back! At this point in time, Jared and I did not know each other so I knew God was arranging this. Jared placed his hand on my lower back and prayed for a few minutes. I felt the presence of the Lord and a general loosening of all my joints (back, knees, fingers, neck), which made me feel like I was young again. I have had this happen a couple of times over the last 30 years during prayer time filled with the Holy Spirit.
Over the next several days, I noticed that discomfort and tightness in my lower back did not come back. This made me think that maybe God had done something lasting. In fact, after a few weeks of feeling good, I decided to test my back. I went out and played golf for the first time in a long time. While some other parts of my body let me know about it, my lower back was not a problem. I have now played golf 9 times and still have not had a problem with the herniated disk. Thank you Lord that I am able to enjoy golf with my son and friends again. And I thank you even more for working in our church – giving words of knowledge and faith that demonstrate your love for us and power to heal.