‘I came to Prayer Storm on crutches… and left without them!’
Prayer Storm in March saw hundreds of young people gathering to encounter God and catch a heart for a lifestyle of prayer and intercession.
‘I’d had a knee operation at the end of January which should have been straightforward but there were complications and I had been on crutches for weeks, unable to move my leg,’ Louise explains. ‘I’m a single mum and go everywhere on my bike so that was a real problem for me.’
After travelling six hours to get to Manchester, she arrived while Prayer Storm was in full flow. ‘The band were singing, “Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom” but I have to say I didn’t feel very free – I couldn’t move at all! So I went and asked for prayer. I thought I heard God say, “Come to me on your knees” and again, I thought that was a cruel joke. But I managed to get down on my knees and when I got up again, I could feel my leg was back to normal. I started jumping around. I was healed!’
Back in Southend, the first thing Louise did was take her bike for a ride along the seafront (pictured). ‘Everybody wanted to know what had happened because they’d seen me that Friday on crutches and now here I was, all healed. There were loads of opportunities for me to share my faith in Jesus.’
‘Prayer Storm has really impacted my life, and not just because of the healing,’ says Louise. ‘We’ve been to every Prayer Storm since it started, and it’s really encouraged me to press into God and expect so much more.’
The next Prayer Storm gathering takes place on Saturday 13 October.