How often do you sense the Holy Spirit moving you to pray with others? Do you act on the nudge or shrug it off saying to yourself, maybe later. Prayer being one of the greatest opportunities to bring people together allows God to move in His power and show Himself to be more real and bring Him glory.
I traveled this past weekend and had the chance to minister and pray with others spontaneously as I visited with various different people. When a disaster or tragedy happens what is your first instinct? Mine is to pray! I want God to intervene in the situation to save, heal, and restore people.
I was visiting with a precious elderly couple who I hadn't seen in over a year and suddenly there was an bad accident at a factory in the community. A terrible fire happened and firefighters and rescue workers had been on the scene for over three hours. When we got the information my immediate response was, we need to pray. People in this home are not use to this. We turned on the tv to see the news and after about 2-3 minutes I suggested we all come together, grab hands and pray. We stood together before our Father in heaven and prayed in unity. As we finished I could see the Holy Spirit touch their hearts with warmth that their prayers made a difference and encourage them to do it more often.
During this time I received a call from out of town from a dear young man in his teens to give me news that his brother had just suffered a knee injury while competing in a regional tournament that he was slotted for first place and go on to state championships the following weekend. The injury forced him to bow out gracefully. I felt such compassion for the young man as we all wanted him to win. The attitude, dedication to the team and leadership he displays would make anybody want him to succeed. As I listened to all the details and we experienced the discouragement together I requested that we pray. This young man was more than willing although it's not typically something he does with others in his everyday life.
The following day as I attended a Sunday morning service where I was visiting I saw the enemy try to wreak havoc with a spirit of confusion in the congregation as statements were being made openly during a part of the service. I stood up to stop any confusion and said a few words. Not many, as the Lord convicted me to be quiet and pray. As the service ended I went up to the lady involved and told her I hoped there wasn't any spirit of condemnation that occurred and if there was I was truly sorry. I explained what I saw happening in the atmosphere. We came together as sisters in Christ prayed together and let His love flow from one to the other.
As I came back to Atlanta I had the privilege to meet a wonderful elderly couple who shared with me a serious burden God put on their hearts to start small prayer groups. It was a special visit God blessed as we shared parts of our journey and the clarity God has given us to stand before God in prayer often and intercede for so many of the issues the Father has put on our hearts. As our visit came to an end we stood, grabbed hands and prayer together.
Some of these I may never know the whole outcome but I can tell you how God moved in a very short period of time.
1. The fire was taken care of at the factory with no lives lost and no injuries. Glory to God!
2. The young man who had to end his athletic season early due to an injury showed amazing character as he continued to support his team on the sidelines and people in his community were there to love and support him during a temporary setback. Character is not an easy thing to build in us and usually it takes challenges that come along to truly see the person.
3. The couple who desires to start the prayer groups received more confirmation as we talked about the assignment God has given them. We all walked away feeling encouraged and blessed by the fellowship and time in prayer.
Imagine the wonderful things that can happen if we choose to PRAY MORE and watch the amazing things God will do? Are there stories you can share that will encourage us and show how God moved in your life and those around you? Please share them in the comments?!