Acts 10:20-21 Amplified Bible (AMP)
20 Get up, go downstairs and go with them without hesitating or doubting, because I have sent them Myself.” 21 Peter went down to the men and said, “I am the one you are looking for. For what reason have you come?”
Early in the morning on December 8, 2018, I was preparing to go to a funeral. I had finished reading Acts chapter 10 and was pondering the scriptures when the Holy Spirit prompted me to go to Wal-Mart. I didn’t want to go to Wal-Mart. It was rainy and cold outside, and I needed to get ready to go. I began to question why I needed to go out in the rain when I was reminded of the scriptures above.
Did Peter argue or doubt? No. He went without hesitating. I was challenged to do the same.
I didn’t understand why I needed to go, but I got up quickly and went immediately. I figured I could pick up a sewing kit for a rip in the pants I was going to wear instead of just pinning them. As I drove, I sensed that I would see someone there I needed to minister to. As soon as I rounded into the parking lot, I saw one of my students, and I had peace inside of me that she was the reason I was there. Two days before she had been trying to tell me about a dream, but we got interrupted and I was never able to hear what she was trying to tell me. I don’t like when that happens because I know how important it is for children to feel like what they have to say matters. The young girl was bouncing alongside her dad into Wal-Mart. I parked next to their car, and I expected to run into them inside the store. I picked up the sewing kit and headed to the check out, but I never saw them. Had I missed it?
I started to force conversations with the cashier thinking maybe it was her that I was to minister to, but that fell dead. I thought that maybe I would see them in the parking lot. I walked out the doors to discover their car was gone. I was confused.
I asked the Lord, “Why?” I immediately heard in my spirit, “So you will pray for her.”
I could barely move. You mean I came all the way to Wal-Mart at 7:00 am on a cold and rainy Saturday morning just to see someone so that I can pray for her?
I prayed for the sweet, young girl, but I was still a little amazed that the Lord would have me do that. As I drove, I listened to the song His Great Name. The song says, “There is power in the name of Jesus. Things change when we call you Jesus!” I remembered the little girl’s dad telling me some of their past, and my heart exploded with compassion for her. I called out on Jesus for her. I cried out and claimed her salvation through the Blood of Jesus! By the end of the prayer, I was convinced that something in the spirit realm had changed on the little girl’s behalf.
I had obviously underestimated the power and importance of prayer. James 5:16 says, “Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.” I’ve read and quoted that scripture so many times, but this experience completely changed me. I see prayer in a completely different light now.
At the funeral, the Pastor thanked God for the privilege of prayer. It is absolutely a privilege and one I purpose to always take seriously. May we all get up and go when the Holy Spirit prompts us. We never know whose life will be changed by our obedience.