“I will give you a new heart and I will put a new spirit in you. I will take out your stony stubborn heart and give you a tender, responsive heart.” – Ezekiel 36:26
“I have a hole in my heart; I’ve been having heart attacks since I was young,”
the woman told me after a week of not showing up to the ministry nights in the township. I had been talking with this woman for the past couple of weeks and previously she had shared about her new found faith in Jesus, her Grandmother on her mother’s side was a Christian and had been taking her to church on Sundays since she was a kid. Growing up in a muslim family had been a struggle, especially with her father being quite strict. When I heard this I inquired as to what he thought of her new-found faith. She quickly responded that she had never brought it up because of his stubbornness and believed that he would immediately shut her down. I asked if she had also been this stubborn before she had become a Christian, which she answered with a definite, “Yes”. This led me to ask, “If you were able to change from your stubborn ways, couldn’t your father as well?”
This proved to be quite thought provoking, so much so that she decided to take a bold step for Jesus.
“Where have you been?” I asked upon seeing her again. Her response was quick and short, “I had had a heart attack, and have been in the hospital.” After inquiring further she told me how she was born with a hole in her heart and would have a heart attack whenever an emotion was running really high. She proceeded to tell me that she had gone to the city with her father for the weekend and whilst there told him about her faith in God. Her father responded by telling her that it was all craziness, asking how she could ever believe in Christianity and shutting her down with his strong words. Anxiety and nerves were running high and had caused her to have a heart attack the same weekend which had left her in the hospital. The past week she had been going back and forth for checkups. Immediately I ask if she believed Jesus could heal her. She was quick to say, “No”, but I had this feeling in my gut that He would do just that. I told her that I believed He could and began to pray for full healing in her heart. By the time I had finished we were both filled with an incredible sense of excitement which can only be explained by the presence of Holy Spirit.
The following few ministry nights she was away due to appointments, but I continued to pray for her.
After one appointment she came back and exclaimed that the doctors couldn’t believe it, but the hole in her heart had shrunk! Jesus was healing her heart!
She continued sharing about how when she had told her father that I had prayed for her heart he was annoyed and angry. Now, realizing the prayer had worked he was in awe and asked her to thank me for praying for her. She quickly responded to this by telling him not to thank me but to thank Jesus. Now he is giving thanks and praise to Jesus for healing his daughter.
God is so good! He heals us and gives us life! He can soften the hearts of the stubborn and give hope to the hopeless.
The Lord wasn’t just healing the girl’s heart, but her father’s as well.
Physical healing brings spiritual healing.
by Joshua Rice YWAM Sports DTS Student