My dad had a saying, “Don’t follow the herd.” It was his way of saying it’s ok to be your own person. To take a different path. Sounds nice now, but it was slightly annoying when repeated SO OFTEN, especially when I was a teenager. But without realizing it, those words gave me strength to say no to a lot growing up. The idea of doing something just because everyone else was, was (usually) not a motivating factor for me. While I certainly didn’t prefer it, I was able to stand alone if need be.
I could never have known then how those years were preparing me for the times I’d be called to go a different way or do a different thing. The times of sideways glances from those who thought I was a little too into “this whole God thing.” Days when I felt alone, even in my own family and among my friends. Even the times I felt alone among fellow Christians.
I was at a prayer conference recently and heard Dick Eastman speak. He is the president of Every Home for Christ, as well as former chairman of America’s National Prayer Committee. A mighty prayer warrior.
In 1984, Eastman said he felt led to spend 24 hours audibly praising the Lord. A very different thing indeed! He’d never been called to this before and wasn’t even sure he could do it. He wrote out note cards full of Bible verses to help him when the time came.
While on a business trip to Washington, D.C., with an whole day free on his calendar, he knew the time had arrived!
After praising the Lord all morning and afternoon, he had grown horse from speaking so long. Eastman had found a wooded area to walk through, and about the time his voice was done and he ran out of things to pray (he’d prayed through his note cards 6-7 times each), a thought came to him.
He told God he had never danced for Him before and wasn’t even sure how. But he wanted to. (Think David’s dance in 2 Samuel 6:14.) And despite being unsure of himself, he did it. In an open field, Dick Eastman whirled and twirled for the Lord for five minutes!
After explaining to the Lord he wasn’t even sure if he did it right, He felt the Lord reply “You’ll never know how happy that made Me!”
The next day Eastman’s schedule included going to the Supreme Court to pray. He walked in and, as best he could, tried to conceal what he was doing from the guards. Using phone booths, even bathroom stalls as prayer closets! It was less than ideal, but better than nothing.
Later that evening, at a meeting, he met a young woman whose father worked at the Supreme Court…and had access to every single office and room. Though her, he was able to gain access to the entire building! Talk about a God-sized dream!
A few months later, when he came back to town, the entire Supreme Court building — every judge’s office — was prayed through by Dick Eastman!
The best part was the unbelievable ways the prayers he prayed that day, were answered over the following years!
Eastman is convinced the two events, his unabashed dancing in that field and subsequently, praying throughout the entire Supreme Court, were connected. I agree!
Mark Batterson says, in Draw the Circle, “We never know how or when or where a move of God might begin.” It’s unlikely Eastman thought a move of God would begin that very day, as he did what he felt led by God to do. But he stepped out and was obedient, even though the call was to something unconventional.
Over the summer, while at a Panera one morning, I was approached by a woman who needed help. In the course of talking with her, I could sense God wanted me to ask if she’d like me to pray for her. And I mean pray. Like not just take a prayer request, and promise to pray later. Pray right then and there.
In front of the big Panera window.
The busiest one in my town.
With all the serious looking business people.
But I did.
I stepped far out of my comfort zone and asked if she would like to pray. You could see the relief just come over her.
And a little later, that very morning, God starting moving and opening doors for my daughter to change schools. And that new school? Turns out it no longer had a Moms in Prayer program.
But now it does. Another new mom and I meet every week to pray. Isn’t God awesome?
I am fully convinced, had I not dared to trust God and follow His lead, and instead let the world lead me, I would be missing out on so much. Because it’s not that God in any way needed me to pray in front of that Panera, it’s that He invited me to take part in His incredible story. (<=== Tweet that) And that’s an invitation to a dream we just can’t refuse!
“Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” Psalm 46:10 (ESV)
Shared by: Christine Wright