“an ordinary plain christian?’

Sue Clegg

Sue Clegg

 

Can I pose you some questions?

 

 

 

  •  Do you have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ?
         You can be a channel for God’s love and power.
  • Do you have a desire to serve others?
         This attitude of service is just like Jesus.
  • Are you open to the leadership of the Holy Spirit?
         It is the Holy Spirit who does the ministering and we are to be sensitive to His prompting.
  • Are you passionate about seeing people made whole in Christ?
         Knowing and believing that Christ is committed to wholeness in our lives is a start for prayer ministry.
  • Are you committed to your own personal, continuing growth?
         Being willing to prepare one’s own heart for ministry and face our own process of seeking wholeness is vital. We expect the preacher to prepare.            So should those who are committed to prayer ministry. We own the fact that we are “wounded healers”.
  • Are you able to receive ministry from others?
         To “wash the feet of others” in ministry is one thing: to allow others to serve us in the same way is equally indispensable.

So, one final question:

  • Are you an “ordinary, plain Christian”
         If you have answered “yes” to these questions, I would ask you to consider whether God is calling you to join one of the prayer ministry teams.

Decades ago, I regularly watched the prayer teams made up of ordinary Christians at a city event minister to a hurting people with such sensitivity, maturity and insight that I came away convinced that the responsibility of pastoral care and prayer is meant to belong to us all under the supervision of the Head of the Church, Jesus Christ.

Under the guidance and gifting of the Holy Spirit, a prayer ministry team is able to identify, support, and witness to transformation that through faithful, loving prayer and some “sanctified” common sense, see emotional and physical healing begin to emerge.

cupped handsWhen we take seriously the call of Scripture to “pray for one another” and we do just that, then we are ministering in prayer for the benefit and well-being of another person.

However, when we use the term “prayer ministry” in this context, we are thinking more in terms of two or three people who specifically meet to pray for another person with that person present. There is wonderful spiritual power released when two or more people agree in prayer.

                “Again, I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven. For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them.” (Matthew 18/19,20)

 

23rd Jul 2015 Posted in: 'tellmystory', News by Stella Jennings 0

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