A new believer in Christ at our church had a critical need. His daughter living a thousand miles away had suffered a life-threatening event and greatly needed prayer. The convert received a call just as the pastor of our small church began his teaching time. Suddenly, the gentleman boldly ran up to the pastor at the front of the church to announce his dire family crisis. His daughter might lose her life.
Immediately, the spiritually sensitive pastor stopped his sermon, and the congregation began to pray. After prayer the man desperately questioned why all this trouble had happened since recently giving his life to Christ.
One by one, from personal witnessing to Scriptural sharing, several members of the church testified that the Christian life was not an easy road. Tactics of the devil were exposed to this new believer. Our only true hope comes in our relationship with Jesus who came to destroy the works of darkness. Recounting the promises of God through Christ makes the suffering endurable especially in pondering our future heavenly home.
Near the end of the church service, another call came to the man. He received a report that his daughter had survived the very serious situation and would soon begin receiving specific treatment needed for healing.
I have been in church a good part of my life and never witnessed such powerful, consecutive scenarios: a believer publicly crying out for help in the middle of a service; a pastor stopping his own planned agenda to allow the Holy Spirit free reign; a quick, affirming answer following a church’s prayer of petition. I must say we all left there encouraged to see how God perfectly moved and worked through the body of Christ.
God is so good!