A few nights ago, went back out onto the streets with a brother to share God's love (first time in years). I was feeling since Friday night that we were supposed to pray for healing for someone.
We started our journey at Starbucks, because I'm getting a little older and need to get caffeinated so I can stay up past 10 pm. We prayed, and asked Holy Spirit to lead us to who were supposed to talk to. We met 3 people as we walked.
First, we met Antonio, a slightly older man, who was open and friendly. His family is in Mexico, and he is here. We had a chance to pray with him for his family.
Second, we met JD, a guy in his early 40's who shared about some wrong turns taken in life that landed him in the streets (homeless). We talked for some time, and asked if he had any health issues he needed healing for. He said no, he's healthy, but was completely open to receive prayer (which is not always the case). We had a chance to pray with JD for God to open the doors for work, and I even got a sense that God was going to have him start a business in the area of music or skating (random, right?).
While we were talking to JD, a Third person came up who was handing out flyers to his band show. He was a musician named Nate. While he shared about the band, and some other crazy things, I couldn't help but notice the wrist band on his right hand because it looked like a carpal tunnel support deal.
I asked him about it, and he shared that he had been playing for years, and just has had pain for years in his wrist.
I asked if we could pray for his wrist, because we felt that God had led us out to that part of town and someone was supposed to get healed. He said, "ya, sure". We laid hands on his wrist and prayed.
I asked him to to take off the wrist band and to test his wrist. He briskly moved it all around several times, and said something to the affect of "wow, weird". I asked if there was any more pain. His response..."No"!
"YAY GOD!" God healed him simply because He loves Him.
Nate went on his way shortly after, but the cool thing is that JD got to see everything. This is when we actually got to pray with JD. We ended the night with hugs and laughter. JD thanked us for the prayers and said that no one ever shared with him quite like that. We invited him to the church, he said "God Bless You Guys!", and we said our goodbye's.
In the book of Mark 16:20 (ESV), after the great commission, the word reads, "And they went out and preached everywhere, while the Lord worked with them and confirmed the message by accompanying signs". In Luke 10, Jesus sends out a large group of his disciples 2x2. In verse 9 (ESV), he gives the direction to "Heal the sick in it and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.'"
In my opinion, the key is not to force a decision for Christ, but to simply demonstrate the love of God, planting seed so that God can harvest in His time (see 1Cor 3:5-9). Our job is simply to love people, and put Jesus on display.
Ultimately, it's amazing what happens when we simply go out and do what the Word of God says to do. The Lord actually backs up what He says.
Pray and ask God if there are any areas He is asking you to step out for Him. If you're not sure it's Him, ask for a confirmation in the Bible, and also through another source or person who loves Him. Try it, and see what God does!
(HINT: It's OK to have fun with God!)