“I’ll keep you in prayer,” we say as we walk away from a conversation, never stopping to think about it again.
Think of how different things would be if we prayed for people right there, on the spot. What would we start to see? Healings? Miracles? Testimonies? Tears? Nothing?
That’s just the thing—a lot of us don’t know because we never pray for people in person! A dead silence fills the room when the small group leader gets to the dreaded, “Who wants to close us out?” moment. As though talking to God on behalf of a group is the most terrifying thing we could ever do.
I remember asking a person in church once if I could pray for them, just to get a refusal. Someone refused prayer inside of a church! And it wasn’t an attempt to bring them before everyone so that we could all lay hands on them, but rather a side conversation in a lobby.
Jesus did ministry on the spot and often.
You have leprosy? Watch what happens.
You can’t see? Check this out.
You can’t walk? Stand up.
You have demons? Not for long.
This is how ministry works. This is how we were taught to do it. We watch the apostles pull the same moves as Jesus all throughout Acts.
Yes, all the heroes of the faith had closets where they lifted others up in prayer, but they also trusted in their God to provide for His children right there in that moment.
Don’t be afraid. If nothing happens, you will survive.
And if you can find the courage to do so, pray more than once! Why? Because even Jesus had to!
And they came to Bethsaida. And some people brought to him a blind man and begged him to touch him. And he took the blind man by the hand and led him out of the village, and when he had spit on his eyes and laid his hands on him, he asked him, “Do you see anything?” And he looked up and said, “I see people, but they look like trees, walking.”Then Jesus laid his hands on his eyes again; and he opened his eyes, his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly. And he sent him to his home, saying, “Do not even enter the village.” (Mark 8:22-26)
If God-in-flesh had to pray more than once, surely we can assume a few hundred prayers on our part might be worth it!
Have courage. God is the healer, not you. There is no pressure on you other than to ask God to give the good gifts He loves to give.
And if you do feel pressure, it may be because the need is less supernatural and more tangible. And in that moment God may be asking you to provide for your brother or sister.