Several years ago, I was going to a home church that had many Spirit-filled believers. Sometimes I was blessed to preach there. Every week the meetings went six hours or more. After the worship and a message, we would have ministry time and it was such a joy to pray and minister to each other.
Faith is a journey that we must never walk alone. “…magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt His name together” (Psalm 34:3).
There was one young man there who was especially filled with the Spirit of God. And sometimes when we would get near each other, the outpouring of the Spirit between us would become so powerful and rich you could feel it. We can’t explain in the natural all our experiences with a supernatural God.
Where streams meet, rivers begin. Jesus promised us, “For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them” (Matthew 18:20).
Sometimes we would minister to someone who would stand between us. The outpouring that would be coming from us both would overwhelm the person, and they would become so enveloped by the Spirit that they could barely remain standing. The Holy Spirit cannot be contained.
It is not how much of the Holy Spirit that overwhelms you in a service that matters as much as how much remains in you afterward. Scripture says be filled, and there is no emptying in the instructions that follow. “…understand what the will of the Lord is… be filled with the Spirit” (Ephesians 5:17-18).
That was many years ago and I do miss that season. But God saw fit that I would be isolated now for many years, set aside that I could write for the kingdom and encourage others in their faith journey. But along the way the Lord still allows me moments that I would be reminded of His great power.
We cannot rely solely upon worldly methods and expect heavenly outpourings. “And Elisha prayed, and said, ‘Lord, I pray, open his eyes that he may see.’ Then the Lord opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw. And behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha” (2 Kings 6:17).
Just over a year ago, I got a call that my mother was in the hospital. They said she was having a serious heart condition. I drove out to see her. When I got there my father was in her room with her. She didn’t look good at all. Never look at the natural and think God is limited in what He can do.
Jesus never asks us to do something we could never do. Jesus commanded, “Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give” (Matthew 10:8).
While we were sitting there a chaplain came in. Right away I sensed that she had a deep filling of the Spirit of God. You know that someone is Spirit-filled by what pours out of them. She asked if we were believers. Oh, let me tell you, my parents have moved mountains with their prayers and have served the kingdom faithfully throughout their lives.
The more you bless others, the more blessed you will be. “Those who live to bless others will have blessings heaped upon them, and the one who pours out his life to pour out blessings will be saturated with favor” (Proverbs 11:25 TPT).
The Chaplain looked at my mother and told her, “I don’t care what the doctors have said that you have wrong with you because my God can heal you.” She continued on with that wonderful, powerful faith of a believer who knows what our God is able to do! We need to speak about His power more than to look at our weakness. We need to believe in all that God can do.
I don’t need to prove my prayers can bring healing, but only have faith that His power can. “If you have faith when you pray for sick people, they will get well. The Lord will heal them…” (James 5:15 CEV).
Then she asked us to get up and pray with her over my mother. My father was at the foot of the bed, the Chaplain on my mom’s left and me on the right. As soon as I was near the chaplain I felt the same outpouring of the Spirit that I have been blessed to experience many times before. God blesses us through us. Often His presence is felt between us.
Selfless prayers are the purest requests made known to God. “…pray for one another, that you may be healed…” (James 5:16).
At the end of the prayer time, the Chaplain asked me if I had been praying in the Spirit. I said yes, oh yes, I love to pray like that. She had been doing this as well. There is a joy when you allow the Spirit to guide you in your prayers. The Holy Spirit can utter what we cannot understand, but what touches the heart of God.
Don’t let prayer be your last resort, but your first inclination. “You must pray at all times as the Holy Spirit leads you to pray. Pray for the things that are needed” (Ephesians 6:18 NLV).
Later my mother was checked by the doctor and he couldn’t find anything wrong with her. They released her and a few days later she went to see her heart specialist. He couldn’t find anything wrong with her either. Child of God, I want you to know that whatever is wrong with you, God can heal you.
Don’t worry as if God cannot help you. “Nothing is impossible for God!” (Luke 1:37 CEV).
I am convinced that it is not our ability to pray that heals a person, but only the power of God. We are only called upon to pray for healing that we would be an instrument of God and a conduit of His power. But if He chooses not to heal, you can be sure that He has a reason. Trust Him whether heals or He does not, but always believe that He can.
Blessings to you,
All Scripture is in red and uses the NKJV (New King James Version) translation unless otherwise noted.