I remember waiting for a well-known evangelist/teacher to visit our local church. He was someone I loved learning from and respected his ministry. So when I knew he was coming to speak, I was crazy excited! I wanted so much for him to pray over me. Much had changed in my faith and I suppose I felt I wanted confirmation or a word from the Lord through a respected teacher that I was doing well.
The much-anticipated evening arrived and I was CERTAIN he was going to pray over me and offer a prophetic word.
I have been wanting a word from the Lord through a pastor or other authority for many years. I see other people get them and I would sit quietly, or watch on a video, and wonder if I was important enough to receive a word.
AM I IMPORTANT ENOUGH?
Perhaps that sounds silly, but in the back of my mind, I would wonder if only certain types of people received a “word”. Almost as if having a pastor lay hands on someone and speak a prophetic word somehow suddenly brings relevance to a person’s life.
Part of me knows that is not true because God isn’t a respecter of persons, but if I am honest with myself, I occasionally find myself thinking those who get prayed over somehow have a life that is more…valid.
As the visiting speaker was finishing up his sermon, as I expected, he stepped down off the stage to start praying for people. I was so nervous and excited at the same time.
True to my inward thoughts of unworthiness, I selected a seat towards the back of the auditorium. BUT, I had made sure that I was on the end and in the line of sight of those up front. The minister made his way around the congregation and then did an abrupt turn and made his way towards where I was standing with other eager parishioners.
“Oh, my goodness, he is coming this way!” Closer, closer.
I closed my eyes because I was suddenly really scared that he actually MIGHT lay his hands on me.
Would God say something nice to me through him or would I get a reprimand?
With my eyes still closed, I raised my hands and tried to pray and not notice if he was coming. But I peeked. He was now just two rows away and suddenly a woman in the row in front of me step out into the aisle, right in front of my 5′ frame. All I could see was her white sweater inches from my face. Looking down, I saw the tips of the minister’s cowboy boots come within a few feet, turn, and walk away.
I was so sad. This wasn’t the first time that I was in a service and desperately wanted someone to lay hands on me, speaking a word from the Lord or some other affirmation that would tell me I was seen and worthy of God’s attention.
DOES GOD SEE ME?
That’s what we want in the end. To be seen. To be known and valued.
I walked away from that service (and others) disappointed that another human being wasn’t led by God to speak some tremendous word, but I think it was for the best. We often develop the habit of relying on other people instead of relying on the Word of God first.
You see, I (and you) already have a word from the Lord. He speaks to us individually and through scripture all the time. Why don’t we believe or receive it? Instead, often we insist that we receive a prophetic voice.
Prophecy is good. I wholeheartedly embrace it.
The issue comes when we choose to keep relying on prophetic experiences to dictate our lives rather than our own one-on-one interactions/relationship with God. Remember, not only do WE want to be known, but the whole point of the Bible and the gospel is that God wants to be known by us!
BLESSED IS SHE (and he) WHO BELIEVES
I believe that the Father loves to give us those moments when He speaks to us through a minister or other prophetic voice. Just as we love to give our children a gift or treat that is special to them, so the Father takes pleasure in seeing our hearts jump with excitement.
However, He never wants us to replace our relationship with Him with “experiences” and emotionally-driven moments.
God gives us promises in scripture everywhere. No matter what we are going through, He will lead us individually to scriptures that speak to our situations; something that is fitting for the moment. The question is, will we notice, listen, and believe the promises He speaks directly to us?
Luke 1: 45 says, “Blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her from the Lord.”
There is a special blessing when we believe what God speaks to us!
Here’s to your blessing for today!