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Obedience to God thru listening prayer, Pt. 2

  As I stated in yesterday’s blog, learning to listen to the Lord’s voice and then obey him is the most important thing we’ll ever do in life.  I love watching young people begin to walk in faith as Meredith Dinsdale, Jan ’08 World Racer, did in the story she relate…
By Seth Barnes
By Seth Barnes
 

As I stated in yesterday’s blog, learning to listen to the Lord’s voice and then obey him is the most important thing we’ll ever do in life.  I love watching young people begin to walk in faith as Meredith Dinsdale, Jan ’08 World Racer, did in the story she relates here.  You can’t grow in discerning the Lord’s voice unless you’re willing to step out and trust God in new ways as Meredith did.

A few days ago I told my friend Pam about asking God if He would give me the gift of healing while I was at training camp.

A woman named Shelvi prayed for me, and I feel confident that the Lord granted my request and gave me the desire of my heart.

He also told me that He would afflict me with the same thing that needed healing so that I would know what to pray for.

Amen! (But a little scary.)

Last night after a Bible study Pam called me over to her. She presented a woman to me whom I had met before but for the life of me could not remember her name, and asked me if I would pray for her. I said sure and put my hand on her, asked the Holy Spirit to come, and then waited…

Maybe a minute later, I still wasn’t sure what to pray about, but my vision felt like it got a little blurry so I started praying for that and for us to know God’s power and presence in our bodies. I prayed in all “we” and “us” forms – because I was nervous, I wasn’t praying for anything relevant to her. We prayed for a few minutes then said amen and immediately I felt really dizzy.

“So, what’s been going on?” I asked her, “I’m feeling really dizzy right now. Have you been feeling dizzy or been having blurry vision?”

Pam interjected here and told her about how God told me He would afflict me with what needed healing while I was praying.

“Yes! I have been suffering from vertigo for about five weeks now!” She exclaimed.

“Aha!” I thought, “Now it makes sense why I am feeling so dizzy.”

“Okay, well, would you have a seat? I’d like to pray for you again,” I said.

She replied with a smile, “I could tell you weren’t done with me.”

So she sat and I kneeled in front of her and began praying. My hands went up to her head and to the pressure she said she’d been feeling like a vice on her temples and I felt the power of the Holy Spirit speak over her infirmity.

After we were done praying, she said she had felt a release of the pressure on her head, and she wasn’t dizzy at all (and neither was I!). Praise our God!

This really gets me excited because, as Pam said to me, whenever I get a sudden headache or stomachache or pain in any way, I should not dwell in that but first ask for God to show me who needs prayer. Also, the woman I prayed over this night was older than me, but the power of the Holy Spirit uses those who know Him and that gets me excited, because Satan may be whispering, “What do I know? I can’t pray for someone older and more spiritually mature than me.”

But God’s word says:

“Do not let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith, and in purity… Do not neglect your gift which was given you through a prophetic message when the body of elders laid hands on you.” -1 Timothy 4:12 & 14

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I'm motivated to join God in his global reclamation project. He's on the move, setting his sons and daughters free from their places of captivity. And he's partnering with those of us who have been freed to go and free others.



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