So in my journey so far there have been some real 'wow' moments. Like massive 'coincidences' or scriptures that have been really relevant appearing all over the place, real answers to prayer and so on...
Last week I had a huge 'wow' moment when I went to a 'prayer appointment' at church. This is something I hadn't experienced before but the basic idea is that people from the prayer team pray for you and share what they think God is telling them. I imagine that some people would be a bit scathing about this - I mean why do you need someone else to tell you what God is saying, right? shouldn't you be hearing him yourself? All I can say is that anyone who I know who has been to one of these appointments has had amazing revelations through it. And for me, well it was awesome. 3 people prayed for me, one of whom I had never met before and the others, although they had met me, don't know me at all. They started by asking God what his original 'design' for me was, Gods DNA if you like. Firstly, they received words and answers that were me to a 'T'. They picked up on so many things in my character that were so right, some of which people who have known me for a while wouldn't know. and what's more they mostly got the same things. There were a lot of 'coincidences', things that others have mentioned recently, or things that have come up in prayer too. One amazing thing was some lines from a song that one of them had come into her mind - which were lines from a song that is really important to me and always makes me feel close to God. It is not one that we sing at church regularly and not amazingly well known, so that was lovely!
They all had pictures appear to them, which again I felt were so relevant to me. I won't go into details but I think they were all pictures of what is to come and I look forward to being able to blog about that! and they all picked up on things that I have been concerned about and answered those concerns without even knowing. In particular I worry about not 'hearing God' and wondering when I think I am, whether I am just making it up. They were clear that I am hearing and following his word, which really helped to give me some clarity.
They went on to pray for anything that might be getting in the way of my relationship with God. The were keen to point out that I shouldn't take this the wrong way and just to be open about it all, but of the things they brought up, they were all things I recognised in myself anyway. And amazingly when we were discussing this, one of them said, 'I'm getting doubt, just like doubting Thomas, it's like there's a voice talking in your ear'. So then I knew that God was speaking to her as this is exactly how I had been feeling the day before about doubt and being under attack (I also even blogged about it here) even to the extent of describing it as a little voice in my ear - now that can't be coincidence! They prayed through these things with me which was so helpful too.
It's moments like this that I think can make so much difference to one's life as a Christian, just little bits of confirmation. After all the bible refers to 'signs and wonders' many times (48 according to Bible search website biblos.com!) so why shouldn't we expect them?
...This salvation, which was first announced by the Lord, was confirmed to us by those who heard him. God also testified to it by signs, wonders and various miracles, and gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will. Hebrews 2: 2-4
and even why shouldn't we expect to do these things in his name? as in:
I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. John 14:12
I know it's not the 'be all and end all' and we can't expect this kind of stuff all the time, but occasionally, well it it pretty awesome, but I guess God is awesome so no surprises there then...