I want to help you with something. I often hear from people complaining that Lord will never use them, or speak to them. Hmm, my usual response is to ask whether they are listening to Him? Can I point out that many times He is speaking, but we aren’t listening! He looks at us but our minds are far away. Let me show you what I mean.
Have you ever said something to someone and they were completely distracted? Maybe they had a busy day or they were locked into their cell phone or whatever they were doing, they were certainly not involved in your conversation.
See, this happens to the Lord all the time. He is speaking, but we aren’t listening. You know, the old adage, we hear, but don’t listen.
Have you ever had a person suddenly “pop” into your mind? What do you do? Do you just smile and remember the last time you saw them? Or do you just pass it off as being just “one of those things.” It might be a kind of intuition. You know, a “gut feeling.”
Well, I would argue that the Holy Spirit is allowing you to think about that person for a reason, and when He does, the first thing you should do is to pray for that person. Certainly, you could call them or email them. But the best thing for you to do is to pray for them. Who knows, maybe they are in a dangerous situation and don’t know it. Maybe, and I’m just “spit-ballin'” here, but I have seen situations where, completely unknown to me, someone was facing a medical crisis of some kind, and the Holy Spirit put that person on my mind. I had no idea why, but I knew something was going on, so I began to pray for them. I prayed that they would have the strength and courage for whatever they were facing. But here’s something to remember: it isn’t so much how we pray, that is important. What is important is that we do pray! Praying is the most important thing we can do and the prompt from the Holy Spirit is the cue for you to start praying.
Now, it is important for you to respond to that prompt! I say that because if you continue to ignore them, eventually, the Holy Spirit will no longer call on your assistance. Think about that. When we ignore His prompts, aren’t we being unfaithful servants? Eventually, He won’t call on us. In the book, “My Utmost For His Highest,” Oswald Chambers stated, “The goal of faithfulness is not that we will do work for God, but that He will be free to do His work through us.”
However, can I suggest that we might go a little deeper than, “Lord, help my friend find a job; or a car that runs; or good health. I mean those things are nice, but when I pray, I realize that I am actually speaking to my Heavenly Father — the God of all Creation, so I will be honest and specific. In the situation where I was prompted to pray for someone, I simply say, “Father, you prompted me to pray for ________ (fill in the blank), and frankly, I don’t know what is going on, but certainly you do. ‘Deliver them from their situation;’ or ‘bring healing:’ or ‘show them what they need to do.'”
If I know what is needed, I will speak to that specific need: “Sickness, depart from their body!” “Cancer, I curse you, in the name of Jesus!” “I speak to the confusion and torment that is troubling ________ (fill in the blank) and command peace to settle on their mind and calm their anxiety.” Something like that.
That’s the way Jesus did it and we have entered into a divine partnership with Him! He would pray for people’s faith; pray against temptation; pray for sanctification. Paul prayed for people to be saved; prayed that believers would follow the right path; that believers would be strengthened by the Spirit; rooted and grounded in love; able to comprehend God’s love; and filled with the fullness of God Spirit! All of these would, of course, be “in Jesus’ name” and according to our Father’s will!
We have been given the same anointing and power of the Holy Spirit that Jesus had and we need to be active in putting it work in people’s lives! Jesus declared,
“I can guarantee this: anyone who believes in me will do the things that I am doing! In fact, I will take it even further than that and say that they will do even greater things, because, I am going to the Father!” (my personal paraphrase of John 14:12)
Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy!
Oh, some will say, “Oh, Jesus really didn’t mean that. No, Jesus was just exaggerating the point so He could get their attention. What he meant was that they would do a ‘greater amount‘ of things.”
Well, no, the original text doesn’t support that idea. It actually means what Jesus said! So, when the Holy Spirit brings someone to your mind, get busy and pray for them! Then, remember Jesus promised that if we ask anything in His Name, it will be done!
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