MY ONGOING TESTIMONY

Evangelist Linda J UK

28/5/2022

I have shared with some of you in one of my hospital video blogs that my current season going in and out of hospital, has been an unusual period of ministry and evangelism, including prayer ministry. Father opened my eyes last year (in the middle of the pandemic) that he needed people on the inside, walking those corridors, praying and bringing his presence.

There were times in 2021 when I could supernaturally feel Father with me on the wards and doing what he does. Indeed, I could feel him from the taxi ride from my home ( so could the drivers -they told me!!!) to the hospital. Those Asian taxi drivers shared much with me, some asked for prayers and received.

I remember one admission when we couldn’t go through the normal entrance, due to the changes that were necessary because of Covid. My daughter couldn’t come in with me and I was dropped by the driver in the middle of the car park to be directed to another new entrance some distance away and to go through necessary Covid screening. I got out of the taxi (with both the driver and my daughter looking on pitifully ). I couldn’t get my slippers on because of the Odema and swelling of my ankles and I had difficulty walking. I had a zimmer…!!! I felt an angel of the Lord stoop down and supernaturally help me push my swollen feet in the slippers until they fit – as if to say, I want you in that hospital and you will go in and you will walk – which I did and with such strength and the absence of any fear.

The new entrance brought me through some places and spaces I had never seen before and as I walked the Lord ministered and showed me his heart for this time. I arrived at the ‘book in’ with such joy, knowing that my help had just come from the Lord.

It has been two long years of going in and out. The anointing draws people and there is the spirit of joy which is often remarked about. I find many (including staff) sharing little snippets and challenges that I then take home and pray about of course in confidence. Some of them don’t know I am praying. What is interesting is that I realize I am one of the elders sitting in my chair (awaiting treatment) as many of the staff group are much younger than I. I often ask myself ‘where have the years gone.. ?’ . I myself was nursing at the age of 18 years and have done many things since then but majoring always on compassionate care , protection of the vulnerable and safeguarding and doing this not only secularly but also in prayer.

There was a particular day in 2021 when I was on a ward when I experienced the ‘holy hush’ many talk about as I was praying in the spirit quietly but audibly (I couldn’t stop it .. !!) The two wards (that I was adjacent to) and the staff , could feel something. I heard a visitor remark, ‘what is that..?’ ‘Can you feel it ? I was singing in the spirit. It was a beautiful moment. The Lord visited. We danced . I was changed.

As a result of insight in what the Lord can do and wants to do in new environments, I go ‘fishing’ each week looking for souls and opportunities to plant and to win some. Sometimes I am successful , at other times I am rejected, am clumsy or I miss the mark. But I persist and am intentional. I continue to want my time on this earth to count and to complete my assignment. He who called me into this ministry will do it!!

Yesterday, I was encouraged to hear of a situation that me and my daughter had been praying about (we have a prayer ministry) and that it had turned out for the better. The individual had been seeking me out of two days to share with me the turn around that they had experienced in this particular matter. I was so excited.

On Thursday, I had another testimony of something I did or said two years ago that had made the difference in someone else’s own spiritual life.

Often what we do we don’t recognize as anything at the time, but it is so encouraging to be contacted later to be told this and see the word unfold in that individual’s life.

I have used this scripture many times this week ‘Paul plants, Apollos waters, but it is God that gives the increase. 1 Corinthians 3:6 . We just need to do our bit – let go and let God.

I would always encourage you to share testimony of breakthroughs and healing – it is not bragging. It is how we overcome and of course it is encouraging to those who are praying.

At this moment in time, I am concentrating on prayer and my own prayer life. I am going through my journals. I realise that I have been getting a number of revelations about things happening in our world or going to happen, but just sitting on it. Sadly, I have been in caught up in environments that have stultified and stifled my gifting, as it didn’t fit into the neat little polished program or boxes – I speak of both the church and wider institutions. The understanding of and stewarding of gifts and genuine encouragement is often sadly lacking sometimes as a result of the spirit of competition or jealousy . Often roadblocks have been set up in the House by the enemy and there is, misappropriation mismanagement and much misunderstandings . One sees individuals in positions they ought not to be in. There are false prophets masquerading, but many are blind – remain in darkness and just don’t see.

My responsibility remains one of prayer if the Lord shows me anything. God answers the prayer of his saints and prayer changes things.

Last night I came to bed and expressed in my spirit ‘Lord help me to return to the authenticity of your spirit that I enjoyed so many years ago. Help me to use what you have given me well and know when and how to use it to help, heal and edify others’ . God knows my heart ie whether I am doing it to be seen or that I genuinely care. I genuinely care.

As I lay down on my pillow last night picking up my current reading Prayer Key to Revival by Pastor Cho, my eyes immediately fall on the sentence of a chapter that I am not on …!! It said and says :

‘Neglect not the gift that is within thee which was given thee which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery. Meditate upon thee things give thyself wholly to to them, that thy profiting may appear to all’ 1 Timothy 4:14-15 .

Father just heard the prayer of my heart and is speaking.

My writing and reviewing and sharing is a form of meditation. I share not to brag, but to sharpen irons. I share to warn. I too will be accountable.

I see many jumping on the band wagon of titles doing this and that, but you have to know what gift God has placed in you and run with it. One doesn’t just end up in a ministry office, there is a hard, (often untold) journey and spiritual protocol that precedes and follows. It would be my view that if you are leading others significantly and spiritually, it shouldn’t be the choice of a man or woman to appoint you, (because they like you or your face fits..!!!) but you must be called by God. You must be born again, baptized and filled with his Holy Spirit. First things first.

I know that no man called me into my ministry offices. Father himself spoke to me in 2006 and told me who I was – rather who I am . (See my book on a blessing happening in our time for my personal account available via Lulu.com). This calling was subsequently confirmed by others prophetically who didn’t know me and in diverse places. I am called to write and to speak and to say when things are not right. I am called to win souls for the kingdom.

Father is still working His purposes out in me. I make mistakes and stumble along the way, but each day I see and hear of reports that confirm that it is He who called me (I can do nothing of myself ). All my own efforts are dead works without his Holy Spirit – it can lift no one nor save anybody.

I know without a shadow of a doubt that my Father loves me and He knows my name. I hear whispers of his love everyday.

I write this not only to encourage you, but to encourage myself. David encouraged himself in the Lord. 1 Samuel 30:6

God bless you as you run your own race.

Remember ….

‘Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery. Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all’ 1 Timothy 4:14-15

Evangelist Linda J UK ❤️

28/5/22

REVIEW OF PRAYER FOR REVIVAL – 1

I promised I would summarise some of Pastor Y Cho’s book to Prayer for Revival – to help us with the subject of prayer. I am drawing from the preface and his introduction , making it clear what are my own thoughts and experience . Direct quotes and any scriptures are indicated accordingly. I close with a prayer.

Essentially revival will stem from a church or person who is given over to fasting and prayer.

In a climate where there is much darkness, throne room prayers are essential to break generational, physical and spiritual yokes.

Pastor Cho admonishes that it is not just physical cancers that are attacking people but there is much ‘spiritual cancers’ in and outside the Body.

Time given over to daily prayer will wrought wonders. The Bible tells he ‘he always hears us when we pray;

Praying in your spiritual language helps when we don’t know what to pray and also is the force that helps us to pray and intercede much longer than using our own minds and as the task is great.

Pastor Cho put his trust in the Holy Spirit to guide admonishing us that ‘The Holy Spirit knows the mind of God and can discern the will of God’ for each individual and situation.

Don’t be overwhelmed, give the issue to God.

PATTERNS OF PRAYER

There is a pattern to prayer which I have written about before . Pastor Cho gives his own example which is similar to what I have come to know and find beneficial. I can’t pretend I currently pray those long hours punctuated throughout the day, but I want to start again and review where I am loosing quality time.

Pastor Cho starts with praising God for a good hour and then he begins to flow and cover the rest of the issues government , his nation , other nations , ministries and missionaries and then his family .

He opines that ‘ministry to the Lord must come before ministry to people’. Essentially highlighting that many seek to minister and help others, but they are often drawing on depleted tanks and not ministering with the full knowledge of Christ for that day, that person, that individual or that nation.

To react is to allow people and situations to control you, to act is to be in control of the circumstances

Pastor Cho prays for over an hour in the morning without which he knows he would only be functioning on natural resources and would soon deplete. Throughout the day and facing problems he continues to pray before he acts. He covers the poor tendency of Christians to react instead of waiting , praying and then reacting. By waiting on God in this way , he discerns God’s will in a situation and develops the mind of Christ in his walk and interactions.

Pastor Cho’s disciplines were to pray again in the afternoon – to get away from distractions. He spends over an hour prayer before preaching at his church on Sunday and a further 4-5 hours in praying before preaching to an audience across nations.

He highlights the need for ministers to look at how they spend their time. There is much eating, drinking and surfeiting which eats into the time available to God. The pattern for many ministers is that they go out to eat after and ministry event and fellowship with each other, then in the morning for the ministry they are often too tired to spend time praying when they wake to effectively draw from the throne room for themselves and others.

What I have seen in my walk is some ministry settings is much eating and chatting before church or a called for prayer and worship event thus losing much valuable, sensitive time to draw close and preparing the environment. We need to set new patterns of coming in.

Growth for ourselves and breakthrough for revival will come if we spend dedicated times in prayer and fasting before we plan , act, and minister to others.

DEFINING MOMENTUM AND IMPETUS – MAINTAINING REVIVAL

Let me share some bullet nuggets for you

*’Revival must not only be prayed for them to begin but they must be prayed for to be maintained’

Using the analogy of driving a car Pastor Cho admonishes we must keep up the ‘impetus ’ of prayer not the ‘momentum ‘ – momentum (he shares ) ‘is like having a foot on the pedal but when you remove your foot the momentum is lost ‘ over time and the car will eventually come to a standstill .

*”Momentum does not maintain movement and in time ‘the special visitation from God will end up as a momentum of the past”

Pastor Cho shares the numbers of people converted in his home church as a result of the foundation of prayer that drew them in, in Korea. He encourages that we too in our nation and churches, can have the same success if we have discipline in prayer and fasting –

We must draw away from the crowd and develop an effective prayer life. We must pray without ceasing. We must be filled with God’s spirit when we pray – let the Holy Spirit pray through you…leave your own thoughts and niceties , your own language and understanding to one side. Pray in the spirit and be filled. We must seek to know the mind of our God, on any matter before we preach, minister or reach out to others.

To summarise further and before I close in prayer

🔹 Prayer is done by first praising God to get into His presence and asking for cleansing and confidence and boldness knowing that he will now hear – follow on with covering the rest of issues: government, surrounding nation, other nations, ministries and missionaries and then ones family.

🔹 ‘Ministry to the Lord must come before ministry to the people. There should be a continuous flow for true revival. This takes discipline. Separate oneself to never stopping to pray with fasting. Essentially an overflow of the holy spirit in our lives is needed to avoid drawing on exhausted vessels and those not ministering with the full knowledge of Christ…

🔹 “To react is to allow people and situations to control you, to act is to be in control of the circumstances.”_

🔹 Pray before you act. ~ wait, pray then take action to discern God’s will in a situation and develop the mind of Christ in one’s walk and interactions. Morning then afternoon and evening ie continual seamless prayer – to pull away from distractions.

🔹 Pray before ministering with more devotion to people , an unknown audience or unknown circumstances.

🔹Ministers must look at how they spend their time. There is much eating, drinking and surfeiting which cuts into the time available to God.

🔹 Growth and breakthrough comes from dedicated time in prayer and fasting for revival BEFORE making plans, acting and serving.

🔹Maintenance of revival is necessary and needed .

MY PRAYER

Father help us as we review our individual prayer lives to start again if we have missed it. Help us to secret away to you to find your will for us and others in this unprecedented time of our living history .

Help us to look at ways to draw away to you and to sit at your feet. Help us to be sensitive when you are pulling us away from the worlds gaze and much activity to time with you in prayer.

We need you Lord more than ever before. We repent for trying to do things in your name without proper consultation with you. We had good intentions, but we want God’s intention Holy Spirit. Draw closer to us and help us to have and understand the mind of the Father in all our affairs. Help us to develop the mind of Christ on a foundation of prayer.

Help us Lord to keep in step with you not to seek to minister to others without our cups being full.

We have nothing to give anyone but our sin , shame and disgrace and we need perpetual washing each day .

Wash us, cleanse us , take away our infirmities. Forgive us when we have failed you. Help us to forgive others so that we may minister with a free and unadulterated heart and do great things in your name.

Our lives, our families, our nations , the kingdom is depending on us to play a pivotal, ground breaking part, starting with prayer in the throne room and developing a daily audience with you.

Evangelist Linda J UK

5/5/2022

IT’S ABOUT PRAYER

My blog write reminder has been screaming at me for two weeks, that I haven’t written anything…

The truth is , I gifted my young grand nephew with my old working very good nick , iPad . I was going to trade then I thought someone might use it even for games. The very day I gave it away (I had had it four years) the new one conked out ….. yes completely conked out on the same day. Thank God I had insurance and took it twice back to Curry’s. In the end they had to give me a complete new one as the one I had , had, for just a year had a fault. Hence, the delay in writing and sharing what God has laid on my heart.

Before it broke , I wrote a strong word about prayer cafes I was woken in the night to consider it. I haven’t yet posted it. That one is not for the faint hearted.

Today’s write up is about prayer – I haven’t rehearsed it, it is just finger to keyboard and as the Lord leads. I hope it encourages you.

MY EXPERIENCE OF PRAYER

There are different intensities of prayers and different seasons. There is prayer and intercession – two different types and unction. The spirit of prayer (which the Father gives is the enabler, particularly in the prayer of intercession ) – much of which takes place behind closed doors. However, sometime the Lord will ‘jump on you’ and the urgency comes anyway and you find yourself flying or crying with no previous intention to do so.

I learnt about the spirit of intercession through direct teaching of the Holy Spirit. For years I didn’t know why I would pray with the urgency or the pain that sometimes comes. In the natural I would be feeling okay, not grieving for anything and then the breaking of the waters and the feelings deep within that didn’t come from me. I have been blessed with the gift of diverse tongues – I get one word that I can understand cross culturally but I wouldn’t say that I can always understand the utterance. For me, in the rohee gift, (see James Goll and others for explanation of the different prophetic gifts. ), father often gives one word.

Prayer is work . Prayer is caught not taught. I always say pray as you can not as you can’t. Just start.

During the pandemic, many have been called to pray and I believe there has been an increase in the unction. We thank God for his grace.

I first heard prayer when I was a little girl and when my mum would pray. My mother prays very different from how I pray but you learn scripture when you hear someone praying the Word.

As I said, I was taught by the Holy Spirit in 2005 when I was living in Reading and when I experienced a number of supernatural encounters -bringing me out of religion and into relationship and intimacy giving me my call. I ruffled a few feathers. Here is a Jamaican divorcee, (we get short thrift) praying like an African but in Hebrew… sometimes …. and the queens English… !!!

I have been blessed to spend time with prayer warriors over the years. Those at the fellowship in Reading, Prayer Mountain with Apostle John Mulinde in Uganda. Prayer Storm with James Aladarin and many others . I thank God for their lives, sacrifice and selflessness. My joy has been combining prayer with worship which is how King David prayed. For me don’t pray until you twang the string of the guitar or press the keyboard. Let the Lord dance. There is a process of ushering in which many miss or cut too short.

I know I am not where I should be at the moment in prayer. But God knows my heart and I pray through the night in my spirit when I am asleep.. !!! But I miss the discipline of all night prayers with a fellowship and regularly weekly prayers. I find churches cut prayers but major on other things when it should be about prayers. We don’t need another sermon, with three points and a poem.. thank you very much. We need to pray and to teach people to pray and to intercede . People need to hear prayers and be part of prayers both the pretty prayers and the ‘ugly urgent prayers’ not prayers siphoned off for a select few nor prayers which are perfunctory .

God has been good and I have been blessed to have a mother that continues to pray each day for us audibly (she sends it via WhatsApp from Jamaica… early doors..!!!). and also a daughter that now prays and urgently.

PRAYER – THE KEY TO REVIVAL

Prayer is the Key to Revival – and this week I am reviewing a book by the same title by Paul Y Cho – in writing ,

Pastor Cho shares 27 years of experience of how God moved mightily in his life. He also draws from the experience of what made Finney, Moody , Winfield and Wesley, so effective. Pastor Cho was writing at a time when his church was ‘growing at a rate of 12,000 converts a month’ (and reader that is not numerical typo… ). Coupled with the importance of combining fasting and prayer and making space for the reader to stop and pray through, this is a gift . I would highly recommend a review of this book – that is, if you are serious about prayer and want to continue to grow – none of us have arrived yet!!!! – Of course there are other good prayer books, but this one is rather special.

I will do a precise with citation and acknowledgements over the next few days , just give me chance to digest and regurgitate… !!!

God bless you richly in your renewed, refreshed prayer journey – and ‘No’. you can’t borrow this book !!! I’m a bit like that with my gems… 🙂

Evangelist Linda J UK

Writing as prayer minister

4/5/2022