We took to the streets last night to simply put Jesus on display with love and power during community night at Crestwood. Doc, Kris, and I took some waters and candy and freely gave these away as an expression of love. Then we would ask if we could pray for them. We prayed for a dozen or more people and saw the Lord touch people in different ways—some dramatic and others less so. Or goal was to simply go do the stuff and love on people. Our success was in our obedience to Jesus to go.
We prayed for a young man who was clowning around, saying, “You can pray that God gives me a big load of money!”
I said, “Sure!” He was a bit taken back by that. “Jesus wants to bless you more than you could imagine,” I explained.
“Really?” he asked, surprised that I had responded to him in that manner. He then let me pray for him.
His heart just melted under the prayer as the Lord began to give me insight into his character and about a sickness with mother as I pointed out where she was having issues. He smiled with a stunned look. I explained, “Jesus knows what's going on with you, and he loves you and your mom.” He really warmed up to the prayer. He just closed his eyes and rested as we prayed.
Then I told him when he goes home, he can pray for his mom for healing. He said he felt a tingling presence come into his hands. He was shocked by what I knew. I said, “Jesus knows all about us and loves us.” His guard came down and his heart opened.
It was great! At one time, all 3 of us were praying or loving on someone. We touched a couple dozen people in about hour and a half. We saw the love and power of Jesus come through encouragement, prophetic words, and healing.
Then as we were packing up to leave, I saw lady. I could just sense the Lord wanted to love on this woman. I approached her and asked if she would like a water. She said yes and thanked me, and I explained that we were also praying for people who need healing in their bodies. “Why?” she asked. “Do you have some gift of healing?”
“I'm just a follower of Jesus, and this is what Christians do. They do what Jesus did, and Jesus healed the sick.”
“OK, that makes sense.” So I asked where her pain was on a scale from 0 to 10. “Oh a 10 for sure. I was in a car accident and I have degenerative disk issues in my lower back and neck.”
I asked if it would be ok if my friend Kris and I could pray for her. She said yes. As we prayed, the compassion and love of God came over. I told her she would feel a warm presence come over her body, and the pain will go away.
Then the Holy Spirit began to give us words for her. I told her she didn't have to be so hard on herself or mad at herself. “It’s so hard,” she responded. “I'm carrying so much guilt.”
Kris and I began to share the love of Jesus with her. “Do you mind if we pray for you?”
As we prayed, the Holy Spirit came upon her in power. She said she felt hundreds of little fingers letting go of her body and releasing. “The pain is all gone,” she said. She began to weep and Kris and I embraced her. “This is the first time I’ve been pain free in fifteen years.”
We looked her in the eye and said, “This is not the religious Jesus you’ve been told about. This is the real Jesus who transforms lives.” Something very deep happened in this woman’s heart as she looked at us, fell into my arms, and cried.
It was incredible to watch Doc and Kris loving on people with the love of the Father. Remember our job is just to put Jesus on display wherever we go.