August 08, 2007

Multigenerational God Does It Again!

There is a lot of talk about how God is raising up a generation to war for the Kingdom, etc. I think this puts a lot of older people off. They think that any talk about a new generation means that theirs is out of the picture. I want to go on the record that I don't think the next or current move of God is restricted to chronological generations. I think if you're living, you qualify. What I also think "generation" means in this hour is our heart age, not our driver license's age. If our hearts are tender, we are truly "young."

This past week, I got the chance to pray for my 95 year old grandfather's knee and for the redemption of another relative. It was an odd moment for me to stand over this partriarch of my family and my 60 year old relative and pray for healing, restoration, and redemption. I also prayed for vivid dreams and encounters in the night. The next morning, my grandfather said that his knee felt better. Praise God!

I want to add a couple of things here. First of all, the Lord had told me to pray for them both 2 weeks before I went to visit. At the time He had told me, I had no idea of how it was going to work out, but it all did. Also, I want to emphasize the need to NOT write off the elderly and other generations in revival. We ALL need a touch from the Lord.

A Word Here and a Word There

This past Sunday, we ministered in a little church in my hometown. After the service, I had the opportunity to pray for a woman for healing and another woman for her son. Now, before I had a chance to pray for the second woman, a lady on my team told her not to tell me the problem. So, after freaking out a bit and then praying a little, I said, "depression." She said that that was part of the problem. While praying for her, however, I also felt like anger and rebelliousness were also part of the issue. She affirmed that it was. Moreover, I got a word for asthma and that it was a generational thing. She also affirmed that, too. Isn't God amazing?

Later that day, I went to pick up my wife from a women's study where she had been sharing. After walking in, one of the women requested prayer, so we all gathered around her. I prayed that her finances would be blessed and that she would become an extravagant giver-- without knowing that a few minutes before my arrival she had just shared with the group that her and her family were struggling with finances. Again, we all struggle from time to time with money, but the timing of the Lord's word proves again that He cares for us-- in real time.

Captain D's Gets a Word

My family and I were ordering in a Captain D's the other day, and I noticed that the cashier's name was Deborah. Thinking that this was a sign, I proceeded to tell her that she was good at seeing problems clearly and had a gift of discernment. I also felt like the Lord was telling her that the conflict she was in was going to be resolved. She said thanks and I went on to our seats. A few moments later, another employee came by and wanted to shake my hand. He said that shortly after I had spoken with Deborah, she had come back and told him that some guy had just told her her life story. He went on to confirm the word about a conflict he knew of in her life. He, too, was a Christian and was greatly encouraged that someone would take the time to say something to a stranger about her life.
Now we all have conflict of some sort in our lives and most of us would own up to a measure of discernment, but before we're quick to judge the word the Lord has given us, we must see how it affects the person. What may be insignificant to us, may be life changing to someone else. What may sound like a generic word to a skeptic, was a ray of light to this woman-- even at Captain D's.