Near a temple gate in Jerusalem, there was a place known as the Pool of Bethesda, which means house of
mercy. Adjacent to the pool were five porticoes where the ill could lay and wait. John 5:3-5 tells us: In these
lay a great multitude of sick people, blind, lame, paralyzed, waiting for the moving of the water. For an
angel went down at a certain time into the pool and stirred up the water; then whoever stepped in first, after
the stirring of the water, was made well of whatever disease he had.
One of the people at the pool was a man who was unable to walk for 38 years. Jesus saw him there and
knew of his condition. He asked the man if he wanted to be made well. The man said yes, but he had no
one to help him into the pool. Jesus told him to get up, take up his mat and walk. Immediately the man was
made well and did as Jesus commanded. It was not the waters that brought healing, but the presence of
The Bethesda Room represents all that Prayer Center has been created for:
• A place where hope and mercy can be found.
• A place for hurting, broken, disappointed, and sick people to come. A place to receive love and
acceptance for who they are and a place to be fully restored to the person God created them to be: Healthy
and whole in soul, body, and Spirit.
• A place for the presence of Jesus.
The Prayer Center has truly become Bethesda - a pool of healing. For here the blind have seen, the lame
have walked, and people have been healed many diseases and conditions!
|Some of the
promises in God's
Word painted in the
|A few of the garden scene
paintings in the room
|The water flowing in the fountain
is a combination of Holy Water
and waters from many different sources
including the River Jordan; Medicine Lake;
and the Red River Meeting House.