"While he was coming, the demon dashed him to the ground in convulsions. But Jesus rebuked the unclean spirit, healed the boy, and gave him back to his father. And all were astounded at the greatness of God!" (Luke 9:42-43)
Last night at the men's meeting at the Elim Church in Wells, southern England, a father filled with gratitude for the greatness of God handed me a note from his son. It said, "Thank you for praying for me this morning. (It) made me feel good." Praise God!
He was a young boy, struggling with panic and fear about being bullied at school. He was too fearful to come up for prayer, so we went to him. He wasn't ever able to turn his face toward us from his father's side, as we prayed for him to know the safety and security of the Father's embrace. But Your perfect love began to cast out all his fear (1 John 4:18). Then You began to replace his stress, anxieties, and fears with Your power and love and a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7). Thank You, Lord Jesus! We are "astounded at the greatness of God!"
As he goes to school today, Father, fill him with Your peace and shelter him under the mighty right hand of Your protection. No matter what foes he may face, remind him that the One who stands firm within him is greater than the one who is in the world (1 John 4:4). I pray this for all the children who face these struggles at school. And I pray this same peace for all who may have to face the taunting and torment of those who need to know the love of God in Jesus Christ. Like Stephen, whose faith began to change the heart of Saul, may faith arise in the face of fear to begin to bring conviction and repentance to hearts of the tormenters (Acts 7:54-60). In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.
Be encouraged today! In the Love of Jesus, Tommy Hays
Friends, we've had a very intense but wonderful few days of ministry in a Spiritual Renewal meeting near Swansea in south Wales, then at the Elim Church in Wells in southern England with a women's meeting, a men's meeting, and Sunday worship. The Holy Spirit has been moving mightily with salvation, healing, deliverance, and prophetic ministry. Thank you so much for your prayers for us! We couldn't carry this message of hope and the healing love of God at home and abroad without our wonderful prayer covering.
Sylvia and I have a day off today in Wells, before catching our train tomorrow for the airport in Manchester and a very early flight home the next day. We've said our goodbye's to Heather, Bob, and Pedr Butler of Angelsey, north Wales, who have been so wonderful to host us and arrange all these meetings for us. Please keep them in your prayers as well, and you will be in ours'. God bless you!
Tommy & Sylvia Hays