It was like most other Mondays. Our YWAM base gathered for a time of musical worship, and then I was to lead the rest of our weekly meeting. By the time I got to the front of the room, I felt a burden in my heart that people in the room were experiencing a sense of unbelief in God's goodness. Even though we'd all just been proclaiming our belief in God through song, the room just felt a bit flat and heavy.
"Before we move on," I said into the microphone, "I want us to pray for anyone in this room who feels they don't believe in what we were just singing. If you are experiencing unbelief, put up your hand and someone will pray for you. There is nothing to be ashamed of - but there is no place for unbelief in our lives!"
Nearly a dozen people lifted a hand. Others around them turned to pray for them.
A minute or so later one young Australian staff member piped up, "Hey Lisa, can we pray for Mirjam? She has a very painful back." Next to this staff member was a crying young woman.
Mirjam arrived from Switzerland a couple days before most of her fellow DTS classmates would get here. She was in our weekly base meeting so she was gathered with mostly our full-time staff. She may have been brand new to our YWAM family, but was bold enough to say she needed prayer.
Immediately, the people sitting near Mirjam laid hands on her back, and her feet and began praying for Jesus to heal her condition and take away any pain.
When I looked up from my position in the front of the room, I could see Mirjam's face. Her eyes closed, she was crying. But her pained expression quickly changed to one of stunned joy.
"On a scale of zero - pain free - to ten - the same pain - how do you feel?" I asked.
"It's gone. It doesn't hurt!" Mirjam said in a laughing-crying combination.
In the Gospels Jesus tells a man who asks if He can heal his son that, "Everything is possible for one who believes." The man's response, "I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief." (Mark 9:23-24)
How amazing that God helped me recognize the spiritual atmosphere of unbelief in the room at our meeting. We could pray against unbelief and replace it with faith. With our collective faith increased, Mirjam stepped up to ask for prayer. Then God, in His great might, power and mercy responded with His healing!
Written by Lisa Goetze // YWAM Brisbane Community Leader