About a year ago I was in a skate shop, and suddenly from the corner of my eye I saw a teenage boy walk into the shop using crutches and at that moment I knew I should go and pray for him. All of a sudden, I was hit with fear and my body was shaking. I told myself “you can do this” .
I started walking towards the boy and when I got closer to him… I walked out of the shop.
Praying at a distance from outside the shop was easier, safer, less nerve wracking.
But I couldn’t shake the feeling that God was telling me to pray for him, up close and personal!
So, I asked God to give me courage and I walked back into the shop.
When I got there the boy was now surrounded by His whole family (!) and I became even more intimidated. But God-given courage filled me, so I asked his mom if I could pray for her son – gulp!
And she said yes! Now I felt like the whole shop was looking at me and able to hear my thundering heartbeat! My prayer was for the boy….and me – “God, you had better come through for me – I don’t want to look like a weirdo”!
I prayed – nothing happened.
Again, second time – nothing happened.
Can you imagine? I wanted to give up and slink away…
But then I remembered – someone told me you should never give up praying for someone until they tell you to stop.
So I prayed for the third time and before I was even finished he started moving his leg and the more I prayed the faster he moved it.
Everyone (I think it was the whole shop) watching was amazed, myself included! I couldn’t believe it, I had never seen anything like that before.
He was 100% healed.
I got a call 2 days later – the doctors confirmed the healing. THANK YOU JESUS!
Most of us think of Paul as this guy who was fearless. But in Acts 18 things were not going very well for Paul. The Jews had rejected him and conspired against him, in spite of the miracles that were being observed.
He was afraid.
Then God spoke to Him.
“One night the Lord spoke to Paul in a vision: “Do not be afraid; keep on speaking,
do not be silent. For I am with you, and no one is going to attack and harm you, because I have many people in this city.” Acts 18:9-10 (HCSB)
Just like Paul, “do not be afraid” is a statement we can all relate to – whether it’s praying for a stranger, facing a difficult situation, losing a job, stepping into a new job or first day at school. We all have fears. God says “Take courage”.
Don’t be silent – When we are afraid we usually don’t speak or act because we wonder what the outcome will be, but God encourages us to keep speaking, keep sharing our testimonies and keep praying.
Don’t be silent, don’t give up!
God doesn’t promise us easy roads and a life without challenges. But He says “I am with you”.
So our fears and struggles fade at the realisation that Jesus is close to us and no matter what we face, however scary it looks, we take comfort in knowing Jesus is with us.
Take courage and do not be silent.
God has people in our city waiting to hear the message of the Gospel and be touched by His healing hand.
So we will not be afraid, we will not be silent, because Jesus is with us.