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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

"When you pray for someone, remember this"




This was the message from the Father at the end of my most recent 4AM visitation. Sometimes when we pray for someone we just go through the motions. We are obedient to God because we stop to pray for that person alongside the road – but sometimes our hearts aren’t truly in it. The act of obedience becomes a task to complete instead of the incredibly joyous part of our ministry that it should be – and the results of our prayers will suffer for it. 

A similar message last year had totally changed how I looked at obedience.  I was driving to a large church to make a cold call on what I thought to be a huge potential sale when I passed a girl walking to a bus stop. She had obvious physical issues, which I learned was cerebral palsy. God instructed me to turn around and pray for her, which I did. It took me almost ten minutes to find a parking spot close to where she was and, as I was hurrying over to where she was, I was praying that the bus hadn’t come and gone. I got to her, told her of God’s instructions to me, asked what her condition was, if she was saved and if it was ok for me to pray for her. I anointed her with oil, prayed for her, blessed her and was on my way. I got to the church, only to discover that they were already clients of ours. A wasted trip. As I was walking to my car the Lord asked me this question, “When is obedience not enough?” I thought ‘What do you mean Lord? I took the time, I turned around and went back to pray for her, just like you told me’ The answer came immediately, “Obedience is not enough when you have your own agenda”  It hit me like a ton of bricks. When I realized what I had done, all I could do was cry. There was so much more that I felt I could have done for that girl - just spending another 5 minutes with her to let her know how much God loves her, for one. He then instructed me that when I was doing His work that it had to be my entire focus – not just something that I had to do to be ‘obedient’. My entire approach to ministry changed after that day.
 
This past visitation made it clear that when we pray for someone, we must not only do it with 100% attention, we must do it with the soaking love of God in our heart – we must try with all our hearts to personify to others the radiant love that He gives to us when we experience His presence. This will entirely change the way we pray for one another – and put us more in a state of congruency with the will of God. And if we are congruent with the will of God, 1 John 5:14-15 tells us that we have everything that we pray for.
 
God bless…

May The Blood of Jesus cover, bless & protect you!
~Mark 

 

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