That Sunday morning after worship service, we gathered to fellowship in Christ and shared our journeys in pursuing God’s sovereign destiny for each of our lives. Like other fellowship gatherings, it came the time to pray for one another. The instructions we followed were quite simple:
- Each person prays for the person on the left
- Everyone comes quiet before the Lord
- Each person asks the Holy Spirit for a Bible passage that one can use to pray for the person assigned
- We spend time to wait and listen from the Holy Spirit
- We then pray over the person using the Bible passage received
Kam was assigned to pray for me. Kam felt the Lord gave him a Bible verse from Daniel 6:10 “Now when Daniel learned that the decree had been published, he went home to his upstairs room where the windows opened toward Jerusalem. Three times a day he got down on his knees and prayed, giving thanks to his God, just as he had done before.” Kam then prayed for me that I would have faith and trust in the almighty God like Daniel, I will have Daniel’s peace and strength in dangerous, difficult and impossible circumstances.
Seemingly pretty simple. If you asked Kam why that particular Bible passage, he probably wouldn’t know why; other than he got the impression during those quiet moments that that was the passage to use to pray for me.
How Kam’s prayer for me sits with my spirit is a completely different spiritual dimension. What Kam did not know was that in the beginning of the week, the Lord has already put Daniel 3:17,18 in my heart: “The God we serve is able to deliver us. But even if He does not, we will not serve or worship other gods.” The same message from two different chapters of the Book of Daniel.
In Daniel 3: Daniel’s three friends Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego were put in a life threatening situation by King Nebuchadnezzar. In Daniel 6: Daniel himself was put in a life threatening situation by King Darius. In both situations, it was the system, the institution, the earthly authority that they were in that got them in a threatening situation. In both situations, there were people in earthly authority who can get them out of the situations. But their help does not come from people in earthly authority nor from the earthly systems or institutions. Their help only come from their true and living God, Yeweh!
Kam couldn’t possibly know about the challenges I was facing when he prayed for me. But the timing, the repetition, and the message itself all fit together so perfectly and uniquely applicable to my situation. While I am not at all in a life and death situation, but nevertheless facing some complex challenges working in a large corporation. Operating independent of God, it is so easy to strive with our small thinking to “work the system” or “find the right connection”. I felt so encouraged and comforted, and my faith was built up as I was being reminded by the faith of Daniel and his three friends: my help come from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth, not the system, not the connections.
What Kam couldn’t possibly know neither was that in the last four months, there were five different people at different points in time, not possibly know each other, who only knew my first name and nothing else, prayed over me with other prophetic words. Their messages were consistent along the same lines. I believe all that is the work of the Holy Spirit using the practicing of the gift of prophecy to give me strength to carry on His battle in my life. This is a very practical way for me to feel the Father’s love and trace His hand in my situations, renewed my strength to follow Christ’s lordship.
This has been happening numerous times, may it be a way of life together in Christ. When we fellowship in Christ…we need to be more intentional in building up, comforting and encouraging one another by the revelations in the Spirit in His Word. The more we soak in His Word in our inner being, the greater the capacity we can bless others with our gift of prophecy.
The gift of prophecy is one of the least practiced spiritual gift among the body of believers. However, Paul in 1 Corinthians 14:1 encourages us to “follow the way of love and eagerly desire gifts of the Spirit, especially prophecy.”
The gift of prophecy, simply put, is to proclaim God’s Word over people’s lives for the purpose of edification, exhortation and consolation of His people (1 Corinthians 14:3). There are many different ways to practice it. May we learn to bless one another as we exercise our gift of prophecy in the Body of Christ.