I think I have written a word on this some years ago but this morning as my daughter and I were praying , I was struck by a few lines of prayer that I heard but that I didn’t teach her. Clearly , she had picked up in the spirit. This the Holy Spirit spoke into my heart is ‘the imprint of prayer’. This has led to this piece today.
You don’t have to ask what a blessing it has been for me as a mother to hear my own child pray and with confidence. I didn’t teach her. The Holy Spirit visited her himself in her own bedroom. During Covid 2020 in our home there was a mighty visitation and I thank God for his grace.
My daughter wasn’t brought up with me but she says ‘mum you sent me a Ce Ce Winan CD when I was away living with dad and I would play every night’. She also said she prayed her father is not a Christian. I had taught her prayer between the age of birth to 4 as you would a child and we sang often in my car when I took her to and from. But to hear my daughter pray now she is 21 , is music to my ears.
It is about leaving a legacy. It is about recognizing how important prayer is not just to pray in our head or hearts but also speak the prayer and let it be heard. Iron does sharpen iron and the countenance of one brightens another. How can I forget hearing my own mother’s prayers and those of the saints who would visit our home when we were children. We didnt have separate times for children in our church and we were part of the mix including all night (tarrying). This might seem hard and harsh to more modern parents and leaders, but I honestly think we are missing it .
I don’t fully agree with segregating the youth from the elders in teaching praying and worship. Our children learn by seeing and hearing us. Yes they need separate times, but there is a danger we use the forms and patterns of the world to try and keep our children engaged and titivated but it is dangerous and not working . Let them hear old fashion prayer, songs and passion. Let them bang the tambourine… Let them see the tears and the sweat and labor of prayer. Let them come. Don’t rush in to lay hands and minister in droves. Be wary of the undertakers standing around the altar. God will minister to them in the space and by his blessed holy spirit. Let them kneel at the altar. They need it , in this dark hour.
Sharing to encourage you – let your children hear you pray – let the youth hear the elders pray and finally PRAY.
God bless you all for the good work you are doing and for your prayers for me in this season.
Linda J Clifford-Hayes UK
I had a wonderful experience today. Let me share it – that is how we overcome.. !!!
Well our house alarm has not been operative for two years , so we had the man in. He was a young man and his age took me by surprise. He was here for over an hour, but not before I was able to share my testimony , current circumstances and the free gift of salvation.
It all started when he shared that his mother was unwell . So we had a common link to discuss health challenges, medication and the plight that is on the world at the moment.
He has had a number of losses and bereavement and I could feel his heart and so could Father. I felt Father say, ‘Linda he has been here in your home for this length of time and for a reason – tell him about me, share your testimony’ .
Well I did and it resulted in him sharing his own experience of what I believe was the Holy Spirit intervening in a near fatal car crash he had had, and how he had heard ‘the voice’ saying he would be alright. This incident had changed his life.
I continued to share as led by the Lord ie ‘where did he think he would be spending eternity. I heard myself quoting ‘it is appointed unto man once to die but after death , the judgement’
I can’t describe properly what happened today as it was very deep, but I was able to share about the free gift , not of works, and he listened. He understood . I felt a divine exchange was taking place even though I am not firing on all cylinders at the moment. My Father works so I also worked – but not of the letter because the letter kills, but the spirit (that which works in us to do of his pleasure) brings life. What i find is that there is not a stock response to sharing the gospel , you have to share as led – no more no less. What i am saying is that you can overcook the goose , if you are not careful and you need to know when to let go and let God.
This young man was from a Sikh family background, but very westernized and with a young family. Our backgrounds were similar as we knew the same neighborhoods and our parents common history of integration into British society and the challenges. He said he has never shared his experience with anyone before as many people would think he was mad. I said, they think I am mad also ……but I don’t care because I know what I know and I know what have i seen and felt. We both agreed that people would prefer to believe in a supernatural movie by Spielberg rather than to believe in the power of the living God.
I told him the Lord is on his case and he has a special call which the Lord will reveal in his own good time. He smiled.
Paul Planted, Apollos watered, our God will give the increase.
Keep taking advantage of those divine set up opportunities. Sound the alarm. The world is waiting.
Evangelist Linda J UK
I had a dream….
It was not very clear but essentially I found myself in a role as journalist ie the role had fallen on me to report or make a report. My old head of service was there. I saw the need to ensure that the news was balanced particular in relation to those disadvantaged, but I was being challenged by my own (people in the house) about what I was doing. The challenge was evidencing change ie questioning where my evidence was that someone, (whom I had reported on) had changed for the better.
I saw myself explaining my role to the ‘head of service’ and my emphasis and how important it was for people to not judge with the natural eye, but read between the lines. I was emphasizing that we need to see those things which are not as though they were ie having enough faith to believe the impossible, and speaking ‘life’ , not death , over others. Inherently , the message of salvation, reconciliation, restoration and hope.
The dream switched and I saw myself in a church service. I was trying to worship and pray but a woman grabbed my arm – it impeded my flow. There was a struggle. I disengaged my arms and broke free.
Another sister then got up and started to sing the most beautiful song.
It was the song of the Lord – majestic and deep.
I was free and able to worship .
I woke up.
As we all know interpretation belongs to God . He speaks in a variety of means for edification and to encourage and to help the Body. There are many dimensions to a dream or revelation and I don’t pretend to have exhausted them here, but simply sharing.
I know there are many challenges in the ‘House’ and in our flesh and cross culturally. Ive seen it and lived it and have had my own battles.
Dreams speak inwardly and outwardly, if we are humble enough to receive what the Spirit might be saying to us and the churches.
Let me say here, that Salvation belongs to our God not a man. He is the Head of Service if you like. Had it been left to man or a woman, I myself would have been refused baptism all those years ago, but my heart was sincere and I was known of my Father.
I am still known of my Father.
Judge not by outward appearance or from those who have been positioned by man or themselves for glory, or pecuniary advantage. Judge righteously. Our God is looking on our hearts. He has his own ‘foot soldiers’ and chosen vessels.
There is a beautiful scripture which I love , it is Isaiah 53:1. It says, who hath believed our report and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed’ . God reveals his secrets to his servants.
I think the whole chapter of Isaiah 53 is worthy of review as well as Isaiah 54 and may it encourage our hearts as we dig deep and eat the word.
What is the dream saying ? It says many things I believe and only God knows what is at the root, or what he seeks to reveal to me and you, this day.
Sometimes we can be quick to judge and condemn others. Let us be careful in our assessments. There are many ‘offices’ and ‘operations’ in the House , we can’t and don’t understand everything. It is not for You…!! Let God be true and every man a liar.
WHAT CAN WE DO?
Let us not condemn those who are struggling, but let us speak life over the flock.
Let us not try to control or lay hold on those things or matters that don’t concern us as we risk the same outcome as Uzzah (see 2 Samuel 6:7) who laid hold on the ark of God and was smitten. Long has the scripture warned us : “Touch not mine anointed, nor do my prophets any harm. ( 1 Chronicles 16:22; Psalms 105:15).
Let us let go and let God and allow the free flow of the Holy Spirit.
Let us seek God in spirit and in truth and not quench the spirit of God.
Let us not try to fit God and his blessed holy Spirt in our own little boxes. God is a spirit and all those that worship him must worship him in spirit and in Truth. (John 4:23 & 24)
Let us be careful and mindful of those whom God sends amongst us. Again, the Bible warns us : Some have entertained angels unawares ( Hebrews 13:2)
Let us not monitor or merchandise the things of God for sport, entertainment or profit.
Let the song of the Lord come forth without fetter or encumbrance.
God bless you
Evangelist Linda J