It is not impossible to facilitate an encounter with God when you don’t sense his presence.
Definitely not impossible.
We are what we are whether we feel it or not. Because the truth is the truth.
The trouble is we’re not talking about truth or status. We’re talking about empowerment.
And when I don’t sense Dunamis present, guess what? Usually it is not present.
We’ve all prayed in situations where it seems like the heavens are brass and our words are sawdust in our mouths. Not nice.
Well try this. Recently my wife and I made a commitment to pray in tongues for 15 minutes Monday to Friday. To do it at the beginning of the day.
Maybe it should be 10 minutes we wondered? I can’t believe we mulled over that extra five minutes! The truth is the 15 have flown by!
And the result?
1) I was ministering this past week at a bible study I oversee. Smallish number because of the World Cup and holidays. I was talking about the Holy Spirit. 3 members did not speak in tongues. It seemed a long time ago that they had felt the Holy Spirit. I gently pressed in on seeking to pray for them all. We did so. One started laughing and chuckling, trying unsuccessfully to restrain herself. It was delightful. The other felt Gods presence and peace. The third, her hands felt incredibly heavy, they turned a dark shade of red and seemed more pronounced as though pregnant with the Holy Spirit.
I had her pray for another lady who came up for prayer feeling that her emotions were locked up and frozen. Something broke in her. She started smiling and laughing, exclaiming she suddenly felt really happy. She looked it too.
2) At our evening service, I confidently announced it would be a Holy Spirit evening. The Spirit came. He empowered my breath as a means of ministry. He empowered JT’s breath and she literally blew a lady to the floor!
3) A team of us were in a café in Reading praying for words for people. I went up to a young man and offered for my team to have words for him. He accepted. It turned out he was gay and was soon cuddling up to his boyfriend who arrived shortly later. We ministered and spoke and gave our words and they were well received. I went up to a Muslim. He was doubtful but I reassured him. I gave him what God had given me. He understood it; he even explained it in another way; he was interested, heartened, encouraged. He shook my hand as I left.
How has 15 minutes a day speaking in tongues changed me?
- Confidence: the anointing of God in us breeds confidence in the God of the anointing! I felt so much less
- fearful of failure
- fearful of man
- Power: the power of God was present in unusual fashion.
- Consistency: both the confidence and the power were present with MUCH greater consistently and dare I say it, “reliability”!
That’s a great return for 15 minutes a day….