A kingdom encounter with 2 of my kids as we were going about a normal day.
I was on my way to drop off Tyler (age 9) to his tech class and Amberlyn (age 7) to her gymnastics class. Before we left the house, I just happened to look at the microwave clock and it read 4:18. Every time I see 4:18 I think of Luke 4:18. "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor.? He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives?and recovering of sight to the blind,? to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor." I know it's a little weird, but I just felt the Lord reminding and encouraging me that this was the ministry he was calling me to. I even said out load, "Yes, Lord, come on." It was a couple minutes later that I got the kids rounded up to leave. We got in the car, and I guess my car clock must be a few minutes off, because the clock read 4:18. Faith really rose in my heart, and I said, "Thank you, Jesus, for encouraging and calling me to Luke 4:18.
Because of that I started talking to Amberlyn and Tyler about our family night the night before and how God speaks to us and how proud I was of them for following Jesus. I encouraged the word that Jesus spoke to Amberlyn, which was that he was going to put his presence on her. We talked about going and praying for people, because Amberlyn told me during our family time she couldn't wait to go and pray for some people. I told her I would take her soon.
"Today?" she asked excitedly.
"Well, we have to go to your class then do some other things tonight, but I'll take you out this week." Little did I know we would run smack dab into an encouter. As we were pulling into the parking lot for Tyler's class, I saw two women. One was really distraught, and she was waving me down. My first thought was, "Oh man, we are in a rush to get Tyler to his tech class then Amberlyn to her gymnastics. I don't have time for this." But I stopped and said, "Are you OK? What do you need?"
The lady approached my car, crying, saying, "Sir, please, please just help me. Nobody has stopped for us, and we really need help."
"OK, sure, I'll help you," I replied. "What do you need?"
"I'm really sick. My husband just left me. I'm out of money for diapers and formula, our car broke down, and we've been walking around for a few hours, and no one would help us. Please sir, please!"
I tried calming her, saying, "Hold on, I will help you, but let me park my car," as 4:18 was flashing through my mind. I turned to Amberlyn and said, "Well, I guess you'll get to pray for someone after all today! Are you ready?" She nodded her little head yes and smiled. So we got out of the car, and the woman was crying and thanking us for stopping. I said, "OK, I know you need several things, and I'm going to help you as much as I can. I will help get you what you need, but first let's take care of this sickness issue. What's wrong?"
"I have the flu or something." She was snotting, coughing, hacking up, and she said she had pain all in her back.
I said, "OK, let's start here: on a scale from 1 to 10, what's your pain level?"
"Oh, it's a 10 for sure," she said franticly.
"OK," I said, "let's get you healed up."
"I need a doctor," she stated. She went on to tell me all her other needs again.
"We will help," I assured her, "but lets get you well. Can we pray for you?" She said we could. I told her, "First you need the presence of Jesus on you. We've got to get you well for your baby."
"I'm also a few months pregnant as well," she explained. Then she started sobbing.
Her sister, who was with her, was calming her and said, "Yes, let them pray for you."
She agreed, so I gathered my two kids around her and we asked her if we could put our hands on her. I prayed, spoke to the pain and sickness to go, and commanded the pain in her back to leave. Then I asked, "What are you experiencing?"
"Sir," she replied, "I'm not going to lie to you. Really, nothing. Just pain."
I looked her right in the eyes and said, "Don't worry, you will. I promise. Let's pray again."
Speaking to the pain to go again, I then said, "OK, now what is happening?"
She looked a little surprised and said, "I'm feeling better." I asked her how much better. "Just a little." She said she was at about a 7 pain level now.
"Do you think if your pain can go from a 10 to a 7, it can go from a 7 to a zero?" I asked.
Still distraught, weeping, and snotting, she said, "Maybe so."
"I promise it will," I confidently replied. The reason for my confidence and my promise to her was because I knew God had set up this encounter. Then I told Amberlyn, "Place your hand on her back right here. This time, Amberlyn and Tyler, you're going to pray." I was so proud of both them. They prayed, telling the pain to leave and get out, and for Jesus to come and make her all better. I could sense the presence of God come upon the woman, and I knew the pain was gone.
When I asked her how she felt, she said, "All the pain in my back is gone."
I said, "Really? All gone? Listen, let's make sure. You don't have to be nice. We just want you to be healed."
"No, sir," she insisted. "I'm not lying. There's no pain in my back anymore. When your kids started praying, I felt this thing come over my body, and where your little girl's hand was, I felt like this fire come into my back, and all the pain just left out of my back." She grabbed me and hugged me, and she was crying and snotting all over, and I just held her and prayed for her. Then she asked, "What are you, some kind of pastor or something?"
"No," I replied, "just a daddy who follows Jesus." Then we took her and got her some money for the things she needed. She kept telling us thank you. She was pain free in her back but still so distressed about what was going on in her life. She said, "No one would stop. We just prayed, 'Please just let someone stop and help us,' and then you showed up. I promise I'll pay you back for the money."
I just smiled and said, "You can't. It's a gift." Then I asked her if could take her and her sister somewhere.
"Could you please take me to the doctor? I think I must have the flu, and I need some medicine. I just want to get checked out." I was happy to help, so they piled into the car. I told her I just needed to drop off my son to his class first, so we dropped off Tyler. Then Amberlyn and I took the ladies where they needed to go, and I said, "Let us just pray over you as we drive to the doctor." She was still obviously having sickness, but I asked her about her back.
"It's fine," she stated. "There is no pain."
"Well good, let's pray for the rest of this sickness." As we drove, Amberlyn and I continued to pray over her and speaking the love of God to her. She said the pressure in her head was getting better as we pulled up to the hospital. She tearfully thanked us.
As we pulled away, I looked to Amberlyn and said, "Way to go girl! You got to do what you wanted, and that was to pray for someone. Jesus really used you! All the pain left in her back when you and Tyler prayed, and she was getting better with her other symptoms as we prayed."
After all the driving around, Amberlyn arrived to her gymnastics about 30 minutes late. "I'm so sorry," I told her.
"That's OK, Daddy!" She was so excited we got to pray for someone.
When I picked Tyler up from his class, the first thing the said to me was, "Daddy, how's that lady? Did you help her out more?" I love my kids, and may they grow in a greater understanding of Luke 4:18.
Remember the kingdom of God is at hand all the time. We just need to simply look, listen, and respond with love and power!