Pay attention and see what they have faith for. Help them have such faith as is needed. Say and do, with Holy Spirit, what is needed so they can be still paying attention and they have faith. Good faith.
When you pay very close attention with Holy Spirit (best is to ask for more of Holy Spirit, first) – you can tell what they are having or are able to have faith for. Look closely. Pay attention to what is going on in their attention and mind.
Then do what they require to have them affirm and act on their faith. You lead them with Holy Spirit or call on them to respond and act on their faith. To affirm it. Often, to do what they could not do before.
You may have to create a context, first. Share the Good News of the Kingdom, even if in abbreviated form, such as, “God’s loving Presence and rule is here, now. We are in the midst of this. Let this into your life (and mention the area where they need ministry). Say more, when needed to help them awaken faith.
It took a few times before he did it, but finally, Dale came to the meeting. He was nervous about this, not sure how he’d fit in.
When he came he could sense the difference between here and other places. The atmosphere and mood were special. Higher energy, more exuberant. Even…dare I say it? More joyous.
And there was another important difference. Before anyone greeted him in person, he felt comfortable: Dale knew he belonged.
They greeted him first by one person, then another. Many of them greeted Dale in various ways. Two with a nod of the head, another with face pointing at his face – with a smile that opened up as he saw Dale. Two others came over to him and talk to him, one at a time. To welcome him, to make sure he knew that they were glad to have Dale here among them.
Dale realized that this isn’t like going to other places. It’s different. The energy is brighter and better.
Dale may recall little of what happened in that meeting. He’ll never forget how several people welcomed him and the quiet and pervasive joy.
This happens in good Christian meetings. This happens when Christians gather, loving one another. And not just for a newcomer, either. They all love one another and are glad to see each other. They Bring the Presence of God and God’sloveto each other.
Praying just may work more powerfully and wonderfully with prayer partners. And there are simple, easy and very different ways of doing this.
You can ask Jesus to pray with you. Your Helper to pray with you. Both! And you can ask Father, who also loves to help you pray.
Jesus often sent his disciples out in pairs. Apostles frequently went with a partner.
If you go to minister, take a partner. If you can’t take one, find one on the way or where you are going to minister. Ask them to partner with you.
Explain in advance what you intend to do and what you expect. Discuss afterwards how things went, so you both can review and learn. This is key to disciple making, by the way!
You can ask them to help you with practical details and to help things go more smoothly. Allow them to make a vital contribution this way.
You will discover that most of the time when you pray with a prayer partner, your prayers are not only better, more inspired, loving and powerful – you’ll discover that you get better results, too.
When you have a group present – ask the people to pray for you, to pray for the person ministering. That you follow Jesus better, and minister with love, faith and power even more effectively. This usually has very noticeable effects. It draws the group in. It helps them help minister to you.
It multiplies the power of your ministry.Many effective minsters have people pray before, during and after ministry time. More effective ministry happens: the ministering person is more inspired and inspiring. More gifted. The power of Holy Spirit is more noticeable.
Have prayer partners with you. Have prayer partners who are part of your regular intercessory team – those who intercede for your family, for you and your ministry. All will be more safe and more effective. Have prayer partners at a distance.
Have as many prayer partners as you can, near and far. Before, during and after ministry. Which is especially valuable when you are traveling to minister in any way, including teaching. Everyone is safer, more gifted at giving and receiving. More full of compassion and Holy Spirit. More powerful and effective.
The more I kept attention on Holy Spirit, the less it hurt. This was good. Then more happened….
I felt muscles shift throughout the middle of my body. First, this helped the cramping, reducing it nicely. Then something even better happened, as I kept my attention on Holy Spirit.
I felt muscles continue to shift, the balance of my body changed, also. And I knew I could walk without my rolling walker, and even without canes.
I tested this out. It felt wonderful – much better to stand and walk with such freedom. It felt strange, not having walked like this in more years than I clearly remember at the moment.
Since then I’ve been testing this out. Strange and wonderful it is to walk with my hands free to carry or do things. The joy of very every day things has multiplied. Handling soap, going to the sink, walking with my dogs so I can let them out of the house in the morning — all done with a fair amount of joy.
I hope I keep on noticing and paying attention to such every day joy. I have asked for this, too; and I have confidence that this is mine. I used to be this way and now am experiencing joy in every day things again. Hallelujah!
I am being careful with muscles. I have been getting stronger, but some muscles have not been used much for some years now. So I am being conscious not to over do walking too much while I continue to get stronger.
I was amazed and grateful when I was, a few years ago, able to stand and walk right, hips and legs not being an obstacle to that. I rejoiced and was glad. I knew I was healed, and I walked. And I knew healing would continue to show up.
And I rejoice and am glad now.
And there are muscles to use and strengthen; a body to get used to again. And joy to be had that these things are so.
The power of keeping our attention on Holy Spirit can and does release miracles, just doing that. And a wonderful companionship. Walking with Jesus is the same…there is a certain energy and understanding love that comes through him that always surprises and is amazing. And it is hugely wonderful to walk with him.
Now I can walk with him while I metaphorically walk with him. I have no words for this, so I’ll stop writing, now.
Al Mack, on Facebook, suggested looking on things above rather than be caught in the stresses of this season. “Colossians 3:2: Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.” Wise.
I’m doing well with stress of this season – thanks to our Lord! Yet this morning I had the same lesson reinforced. Woke with a leg cramp; fortunately not a large muscle, but still painful. So I asked, “Holy Spirit, help!” Literally. The cramp did not go away all at once, BUT, the more I focused on Holy Spirit, the less I was bothered by the cramp and the more it eased off. The more I focused on Holy Spirit the lesser the pain and the more quickly the cramp was resolving. A great lesson in paying attention to things above more than on earthly things. Lord, help me remember and apply this lesson – constantly!
I believe this is a lesson Father wants me to learn and act upon:
I have a friend who has wonderful prophetic gifts.
Who also has a wonderful capacity to see where someone, especially professing Christians, are wrong. Especially where they are being hypocritical or falling short.
Such an ability can be used to judge, having been hurt and angered by what is seen. And then to do nothing to help them be fully restored.
Emotional healing is needed. Such a person needs to be restored. So they are free to minister in the love of Jesus rather than to judge.
I pray that such a friend, such a person, will come to Jesus to receive emotional healing. That I will have the wisdom to know how to intercede for such a person, and to know how to offer such emotional healing prayer with them. Then to exhort and encourage them to use their gifts to minister where they see need, where they see other Christians missing the mark.
Knowing what ministry is needed, such an ability and gifting can be used to exhort, teach and minister. To restore and redeem, in Jesus.
Knowing what a ministry target Father has on his heart.
For ministry. Not judgement.
Do you know such a person? Highly gifted, hurt and angry? Judgemental?
Who has been missing the opportunity to minister the love of Jesus; to heal, restore? To love, exhort and to teach?
I believe we are sent to extend the mission of Jesus and the Kingdom of God. To help redeem, reconcile and restore.
People may disappoint and even hurt us. Does Jesus want us to judge and leave those people in having missed the mark?
What does Jesus want such a prophetically gifted person to do?
Do you know such a person, or have such a friend?
I have been missing the mark. I have not interceded enough. I have not offered prayer for emotional healing in a way that speaks to my friend. I have not helped my friend – I just see what is missing and wrong.
I am missing the mark. I am sinning. I have the same kind of problem that my friend has. Oh, the irony of this!
Is the Kingdom of God meant to be a multi-level organization of judgement? Where we each see what is wrong with each other and then judge? Or a place where God calls us to do our own part to help create a multi-level Kingdom of restoration, where we each minister with love and joy?
Please pray that I receive every bit of healing and wisdom that I need. So I minister with and in the love of Jesus and see my friend restored. That I not judge. That I not do nothing.
When you are experiencing the presence of someone you love, you breathe differently. When you are more full of Holy Spirit – perhaps because you ask and receive by faith – you breathe differently.
Watch how you breathe when you are appreciating the Presence of God being in your midst, being near you.
The awareness of the Presence of God can be contagious and others more easily sense this – if they are sensitive to the Presence of God. If they are not, they need Presence even more. Make this a gift to others, experiencing the Presence in a particular place when you are with others. The gift from Holy Spirit to you in such instances may be that you experience Presence more easily as you do this! Ask how, and maybe even why…and discover what you can learn about this.
One of the names of Jesus is Immanuel. Which translated means, God is with you. It’s a promise in his name. Literally! A promise.
All you have to do is make a choice to receive this promise and pay attention, being attentive – like you would with a friend or a family member who is near you. You can sense their energy, their presence, what they are like.
Once you notice or remember that they are near you, you can easily be attentive to them even while you are doing ordinary things.
Similarly, when you remember Immanuel, that God is with you, you can choose to be attentive to the Presence of God who is near you and with you. Paying attention in a particular place often helps make it more real for you.
Because God is everywhere, you can choose anywhere. It’s hard to sense everywhere with clarity and strength, though you can learn to be aware of I Am. You can become aware of what I like to call, for myself, “Awareness of Consciousness of Being”.
Once you do this, you can also choose or recognize where is right and good and best at this moment, to sense and be aware of the Presence of God who is near you.
You can intend to allow Presence of God to affect the space around you, to affect you, to affect those around you…and as you practice and get better at this simple thing — the affect of the Presence of God in you, on you, around you and in the atmosphere of where you are – and especially the people around you — will be affected.
When we are attentive to and noticing Immanuel, God with us, we experience more wholeness more easily. We feel stronger. More capable. Safer. And more joyous.
I encourage you to experiment. To give thanks and enjoy! (Here is a valuable hint – a key – the more gratitude you feel [perhaps by remembering and savoring three things or more that you are grateful for] — the more easily you will experience the Presence of God.)
Experiment and explore for yourself. See what you can discover and learn. Miracles, joy, safety and happiness happen more easily and more often when you experience the Presence of God. Experimenting is very worth while!