Healing Testimony! AKA The Freakout Overcoming the approval of others led to an amazing Jesus story at the gym.

Overcoming the approval of others led to an amazing Jesus story at the gym.

This past week a really cool story happened.

I was playing basketball in the evening at the local gym. I just happened to play against this one guy that was really annoying to me. He was loud, obnoxious, and would not stop talking.  But as such it was the person that I felt most challenged to be Jesus towards.

I noticed that he was playing with a limp the whole time. At the end of our playing we were all getting water, I swallowed my I’m-annoyed-by-you-pride and approached him and asked him what happened to his knee.

He explained to me that he tore his meniscus a while ago and that it would cost around fifty thousand dollars to get the surgery but because of his insurance he wouldn’t be able to pay for it.

I told him “Hey sometimes when I come across people who are sick or injured I pray for them, do you think I can do that? It will take 15 seconds” He said, “Sure, go ahead.”

I asked him his name. “Alex”, he said. I lowered and laid hands on his knee and prayed a super simple prayer. “I pray for Alex, I declare this knee to be healed in Jesus’ name.”

Then I said, “Try it out.” I backed away to let him try it out.

Suddenly Alex’s eyes got really wide. As he moved his knee back and forth, he said out loud, “No way..”

At that point he went into complete freak out mode and kept on saying, “No way! No way!” He was jumping up and down, bending his knee, trying to aggravate his prior pain as much as possible.

At this point I’m starting to freak out too, as I can’t believe that Jesus just healed Alex’s knee. He is running around in circles in exuberance asking me, “What did you do?!” I asked him about his pain and he said “the pain is completely gone!”

He was absolutely amazed and thankful. He kept asking me if I was a priest or something, to which I replied, “No man I am just a normal person who prays to Jesus.”

I knew in these moments that someone’s heart is open. I continued to explain, “Alex, Jesus healed your knee and he wants to heal your life too.” I shared the good news about Jesus with him and he was really open to what Jesus did for us.

It was a powerful moment and we connected as he started sharing about his spiritual life. We exhanged numbers so that when he was ready to check out a church I’d be a willing partner to take him.

I got to come home that night and share with my wife and my friends how Jesus healed this guy’s knee!


I think part of what was amazing for me about this story was the moments before leading up to asking him about his knee.

Our church has been going through a series where I’ve been personally challenged about “not letting what others think about me influence me.” I have felt the wanting to liked by others creep up in my life.

And something about going up to strangers and praying for him is a socially risky activity that I became increasingly timid about.

But in that moment I realized, “I don’t care what this guy thinks about me. I have the Holy Spirit who wants to heal people so I’m going to pray for him.”

Let’s goooooooo Jesus!

Posted by Phillip Chan

Phil has been writing in the Black Box for 10 years. His passion is to grow in his love for Jesus to obey his purposes in our generation.

1 comment

  1. Kathryn

    I wanted to let you know that I really appreciate your blog. I’ve come across it a few times recently as a recent convert who has had some negative experiences in an evangelical, charismatic church. I came to Christ through a miracle. I had a vision on my birthday, then I almost died shortly after, and since then I’ve heard God speaking audibly and have had visions and dreams. This church was wonderful in that my experiences were so common among the other believers.

    Yet, after a few years, I found this church to be very hurtful, too. It seemed if anyone was suffering, they were blamed for not being spiritual enough, not praying enough, and not reading their bible enough. While I understand what they mean, telling a hurting person this is more likely to make them question themselves and their relationship with a loving God. It was a confusing and almost traumatizing experience. I assumed that because they were so free during their worship, they would be emotionally understanding as well.

    Now, I’m seeking to maintain my charismatic beliefs while approaching a more traditional denomination where education and liberal social beliefs are respected. Your blog is the first I’ve found that talks about the both of these and it’s a great comfort to have someone intellectually approach subjects like hurts in the charistmatic church and yet talk about divine healing or being drunk in the spirit. I’ve never had the latter experience, but I’m praying I will soon know it and have the relationship with the Holy Spirit as you do, able to feel His thoughts and emotions, and know Him intimately. Anyway, your blog is a blessing and I am looking forward to reading more.

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