I wanted to post this a week ago, when it had just happened. But last week was unavoidably hectic, and I couldn’t find time to write. So here’s a testimony about the four crazy friends. It happened in three steps, and I began to realize that what I had thought was a new idea was something God had been planning for a long time.
Step 1. A week and a half ago, I received emails from two people who wanted to be my crazy friends in prophetic and/or power evangelism.
Step 2. I knew we’d meet at the Gathering on Sunday, and we’d sit together at dinnertime and talk about how to get started. What would I tell them? I asked God for direction and took time to soak.
As I soaked, I recalled a pastor who was teaching his church to find ministry opportunities outside the meeting.“Use this prayer of blessing,” he told us as he handed out a stack of cards. They each had the priestly blessing from Numbers 6:24-26, printed on colorfully speckled cardstock. “It was easy to make these,” he said. “I ran cardstock through my inkjet printer. You could do this yourself, and it costs almost nothing. Then hand people the card, and offer to pray the priestly blessing over them.”
He went on to say that we could use the blessing as an outline, and might end up giving people a word from God, praying for healing, or leading someone to Christ.
Step 3. The Gathering, Sunday, Aug. 27. We sat together at the dinner table. What would my four crazy friends think about the priestly blessing?
We discussed a few ideas, and quickly agreed that we didn’t want to memorize a script. We wanted to trust the Holy Spirit.
As for me, I’ve always found God ready to lead the conversation once it starts, but the hard part for me is to come up with the first line. It can be a question, or simply, “Here’s a booklet,” or whatever. But as God says, “Open your mouth, and I will fill it.” God is ready to flow if we open our mouths. See more about this on day 14 of the 31-day devotional, “Learn To Hear From God.”
Sunday came and my wife and I sat for dinner with our four two friends and I told them about the priestly blessing. “We could hand out cards, and use them to start conversations” I said. Would they like this idea, or would it seem too programmed?
I was surprised at the response. One of my four crazy friends said she had shared the idea with a group of ladies. She had been looking for a way to use the prayer of blessing without sounding preachy, and that’s when she came up with the idea to summarize it with a few words that begin with P. She shared this with the ladies, one of whom took it to her husband, the pastor. Then he made the cards and shared it with his church.
So I didn’t have to talk my crazy friends into the idea. One had come up with it in the first place. The other is a graphic artist. He’s designing new cards. Instead of wrestling with cardstock and paper cutters, we’re sending the design to gotprint.com, where we can get glossy and colorful cards for very little money. Here’s the blessing:
|“The lord bless you||Provision|
|and keep you,||Rrotection|
|And cause His face to shine upon you||Pleasure|
|And be gracious to you.|
|The Lord lift up His countenance upon you||Purpose & Presence|
|And give you peace.”||Peace|
I believe we have a God-given ice-breaker. We’ll have to trust Him for the rest…