"Just then a man from the crowd shouted, 'Teacher, I beg You to look at my son; he is my only child. Suddenly a spirit seized him and all at once he shrieks. It convulses him until he foams at the mouth; it mauls him and will scarcely leave him.... 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 astonished at the greatness of God" (Luke 9:38-43).
We were astonished by Your greatness last night, O God. We were praying for Your people and sharing the words that came to us from the Father's heart over each one when a young boy with a condition that wouldn't let him speak clearly began to motion of pain in his stomach. We turned our attention to him in prayer and he started to convulse and draw up in his limbs, gagging as if ready to throw up. You turned Your attention to him as well, as many of us stretched out our hearts and hands to comfort him and pray for him in the power of Your love and authority of Your name.
After he seemed to be in a measure of peace in Your arms, with Your Holy Spirit at work, we continued to speak Your words and pray for Your people. What joy it was when this young man got up to come show us all his pain was gone and Your peace had come. His mother came up to declare Your praise and the peace You gave her through this ordeal in the middle of church. And how thrilled she was that her son had spoken so clearly the pastor's name during the time of prayer in what must have been the first time he had spoken so clearly. We give all glory and praise to You!
You are a healing God, mighty to save and set us free. And though we don't always see the immediate demonstration of Your power and love in this broken, fallen world where the Kingdom of God is not yet fully manifested on earth as it is in heaven, we celebrate the times we see You break in and break through. Like Your first disciples, we celebrate the times we see and shout, "Lord, in Your name even the demons submit to us!" (Luke 10:17) Like them, we stand astonished at the greatness of God! In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.
Be encouraged today! In the Love of Jesus, Tommy Hays
Sylvia and I loved our time with Pastor Tom and Esther at Praise Church Sunday morning near Lexington, South Carolina. We're so glad the Lord led us to stay for an extended meeting last night, before hitting the road to Texas today. We saw the Lord move mightily in many people's lives yesterday and we pray the same for you! Please keep us in prayer on our journey, ministering moment by moment as we go.
Friends, if you would like to be part of our Interactive Prayer Team covering us in ministry in some capacity, please send a note to Heather Butler, our Pastor of Prayer Ministries, and Heather will let you know the opportunities and blessings of being part of our team in this way: firstname.lastname@example.org
Be empowered, equipped, and encouraged to fulfill your destiny in Christ!
Tommy & Sylvia Hays | Messiah Ministries
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