One of my goals is to develop this lifestyle where the overflow of my
intimacy with God seeps into all areas of my life, that the overflow be
worship, that the overflow be an opportunity for others to experience
God’s magnificent love! I yearn for supernatural encounters to happen through
my life. I’m thankful that God declares that I’m beyond worthy enough for it! I’m blessed
and in utter amazement that He has chosen us to be ‘plan A’ to bring expressed reconciliation to this world!
So what does that look like? It looks like me being intentional. It
looks like me asking God for opportunities for His love to be
expressed. It looks like me being willing and obedient when He gives
me those opportunities. The truth is, I’ve asked for them… and the
other unfortunate truth is that although He gives them to me, I rarely
I’d love for God to use me to pray healing into other people’s lives.
I don’t want to get into a theological argument on this, but I believe
that God still heals people today
and in some crazy supernatural ways, ways that can’t be explained.
Why? Not only does Scripture support it, but I’ve seen it happen more
times than I can count. It’s a simple, tangible, and transformational
way for God’s love to be expressed. Bill Johnson says, “miracles are
demonstrations of God’s love for us.” How true! It’s the overflow…
Each day, I ask God for chances to be used in this way. Every day.
I’m not kidding. And the cool part? God continuously gives me these
opportunities to step into. Just last week I was at Verizon getting my
phone switched (so that my phone bill wasn’t as expensive). There was
a gentleman in there on crutches. I thought to myself, “I should pray
for him.” No joke, every time I see someone with a cane or in a
wheelchair or on crutches, in a cast, in a sling… I always think to
myself, “I should pray for them.” It’s like their a giant target that
screams: this is your chance to show me the power of God’s love!!
Call me crazy.
So this guy is standing at the counter in Verizon talking with the
Customer Service Rep. and the guy says, “so what’d you do to your
leg?” The man on the crutches looks over at me, smiles, and then says
loudly, “I tore my meniscus and there’s some cartilage floating around
in my knee. It’s pretty painful.” I mean, this guy spoke it loudly.
It only stirred my Spirit and was almost like God was yelling in my
ear, “PRAY FOR THE GUY!!!”
And so I smiled, the CSR even looked at me, smirked, and I walked out.
Why did I leave? I was processing it with Allison and told her, “I was
so convinced that if I was going to pray for this guy that he would’ve
been healed, that the other people in the store would’ve looked at me
like I was nuts and then I would’ve been overwhelmed with all of the
people in there wanting prayer. I’ve never been that convinced and
overwhelmed at the same time. I got terrified at the possibility and
I mean, have you ever been afraid of success? Because I have. This
isn’t the first time. There’s a guy that comes to the gym once in a
while who’s paralyzed and in a wheelchair. Every time I see him, I
think to myself: you should pray for his legs.
There was a girl at church yesterday morning who had her arm in a
sling. I asked her what the problem was. She dislocated her shoulder
and had torn a muscle. I thought again: you should pray for her.
I didn’t. Same thing with another guy in a motorized wheelchair at
church. Every time I see him I want to pull him to his feet. I don’t
know why he’s in the wheelchair. But every single time I see him, I
want to pray for him.
Have you every been afraid of success? Have you ever had this boldness
to pray for people that’s immediately crushed by fear? I don’t know
what the deal is. But I’m tired of seeing missed opportunities. I’m
tired of talk. I’m tired of the supernatural coming to a stopping
point in my gut. I’m ready for the overflow to whack others in the
face… and leave changed lives.
We’re vessels of God’s love.
Let’s start acting like it.
Let’s start becoming infectious with health and life.
At least, I want to…