Prayer is a very powerful thing, often more powerful than we realize. On Thursday, May 7, I had an unusual experience where I was permitted to observe the power/effectiveness of the prayers of two intercessors.
It was the national day of prayer, but I had been to tied up in GodSpeak International ministry stuff to get linked into what was being done locally for the national day of prayer this year.
I had gone to work really early that day and was coming home earlier than usual because I had a ministry obligation that evening. Perhaps it was the time of day, but BART (the SF equivalent of a subway) was quite a bit more crowded than usual. I get on at the Montgomery Street station, so typically when the train is crowded, there is "standing room only" by the time it reaches this station. This day, there was barely enough room to pack everyone in (like sardines). I was one of the standers and was jammed in with other standers..literally pressed on all sides. If anyone shifted their weight even a tad, it effected pretty much everyone who was standing. Typically when the BART is that crowded, the mood/spirit on the train is a bit strained. Yet there was a deligthful spirit here.. folks were smiling at each other (people don't normally make eye contact with each other on the BART) and nodding and even a bit of polite small talk. Not a single person was complaining or shoving or "defending their space".. all of which are common behaviors when train is really crowded.
Not only was there a sweet spirit among the folks, but I could sense the Lord's presence in a tangible way. I silently asked Him why. He pointed out two women to me, both in their early twenties. He told me that they were both intecessors and that they were riding the BART today merely to pray, interceed and invite His presense. He showed me that they were praying for a release of His spirit and His presense and His blessing, that the Lord would break off bondages and oppressions and open people's ears to truly hear the Good News of the gospel.. etc. I found myself silently joining in that prayer. About then, one of the two ladies that the Lord had pointed out to me smiled at me and nodded. I asked the Lord if she knew I was praying too and He said "Yes, I told her."
I wanted to say something to her on my way off the train, but it was too crowded to be able to manuver next to her and still make my exit in time. So I got off without being able to talk to her. There was such a strong sense of God's presense on the BART that day.. it was awesome. I was so amazed and pleased and blessed at the power and effectiveness of the prayers of two intercessors .. their intercession literally transformed the atmosphere on the BART (subway) that day.
Yet, there was a part of me that wondered if God really pointed these women out to me and told me that they were intercessors.. or had it been my immagination? Typically I am pretty good at hearing God's voice, but sometimes I do wonder. So I asked Him to please confirm it to me if that really had been Him.
Well, things have been really busy for me. So I did not give this BART expereince (where He pointed out the intercessors to me) much more thought. This morning I was checking my email.. and I found a post for Lani on another list (new-wine). She was writing about an all night prayer watch they had in SF last Friday night... but also threw in a little about the prayer activities that had gone on during the National Day of Prayer. It turns out that YWAM had organized a campaign where they had intercessors riding every Mini (bus) and BART (subway) line, praying blessings and interceeding. As I read that post, God whispered in my ear, "See, here is that confirmation you asked Me for 2 and a half weeks ago. They really were My intercessors on the BART that day."
Wow, prayer is so powerful! God is so awesome!
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