Just a normal day at work. The same kind of day that we all have.But recently I have been striving to maintain a sense of Gods presence during my normal days. It is so easy to slip into work mode or secular mode when doing mundane stuff rather than spiritual work.
More to the point, it is also easier to step out of your comfort zone when you have that sense of God being with you.
Yesterday I asked the caretaker of our building, who works for an organisation that co-uses our building, to go along with me to the portacabin store, as I needed to get a flip chart out for an upcoming meeting. He had the keys and knew the alarm codes. We set off and I noticed he had a pronounced limp.
I asked him what it was and he said it was gout. Apparently gout is the formation of needle like crystals in the joints – no wonder it’s painful! He had had it all week after playing golf at the weekend.
The walk to the storeroom is about 50 yards from our main building. After the usual internal rationalisations about why I shouldn’t suggest praying for healing, I said “I believe in healing and have seen God heal many people. Would you like me to pray for you?” He said, “Yes please.” I realised he thought I meant in my personal prayers, so as we approached the portacabin I suggested I would pray for him inside.
I got my flip chart and he went to the back of the portacabin to check something out and when he came back, I seized the moment (tentatively!). I pulled out a chair and said, “Why don’t you sit down and I will pray for your foot right now.” Somewhat to my surprise he seemed quite happy with that and quite happy for me to lay hands on his foot. :).
(As an aside, isn’t it astounding how open people are to prayer? I am constantly amazed!It seems like we have an open door to pray for people to receive an encounter with God.)
I reconnected with that sense of God’s presence and then prayed for his foot. There was heat in the specific area of his gout. I could feel it in my hand and in the area of gout. I also had a sense of “knowing” that something was happening.
After a couple of minutes I said, “Why don’t you test it out?” He stood up, put his weight on his foot and moved it around. I said, “If the previous pain was a level 10, what is it now?” He reckoned it was a 5.
I prayed again and the pain level down even further and I suggested we try it out over the 50 yards back to the office. Half way there, he said it was “amazing”. I said, it wasn’t me, we needed to thank the Lord. He said, “Yes, we need to thank the Lord”!
His movement was 80%-90% better walking back to the offices. I invited him along to church, and of course I will see him regularly.
The lesson is, when you’re not feeling it, it is easy to default. Fear is so paralysing. Feeling the Presence makes stepping out in faith a whole lot easier.