Over Spring Break, me, Julia, Sharnae, and Sara went to Minneapolis to pray for people on the streets. Our goal was to help as many homeless people as we could, and give them prayer and food. We also hung up a ton of poster for Eternally King Ministries. We walked around Minneapolis trying to find people to talk to. We only talked to two people who said they were homeless, but after talking to them, we realized they just had homes and food. We still prayed for them and offered them food. Neither of them accepted the food, but took the prayer. The next day, we decided to go to the Mall of America to pray for people and hand out posters. It was terrible. I only talked to maybe six people in three hours. After meeting back up with people, we all realized we were all having a difficult time reaching out and having the confidence and fire to pray for people. We were also getting rejected left and right. We decided to leave and went back to Sara’s house to eat. After we regrouped a bit, we decided to take another crack at the mall. We went back determined to touch people no matter what happened. I went with Sharnae and Sara and Julia went off together. Me and Shar talked to a man right away who was trying to stump us with questions. He kept trying to contradict what we were saying, but to my surprise, we answered every one of his questions pretty well. He left us after that without much of a good-bye. We then split up for a minute so we could each pray for people. I asked to guys if they needed prayer and the older man said his back hurt. I prayed for it and he said it felt better, then I talked to them a bit before joining back up with Shar who said her people did not want prayer. We kept moving to the first floor where we split up again. She prayed for a lady and healer her, then the lady’s family came over and Shar led all of them in a prayer. I walked on to find a couple sitting down. I walked up to them and started by saying, “Excuse me, guys, but this is gonna sound super random, can I pray for you guys? I am just going around praying for people and I was just wondering if you guys had anything I could pray for, like do you have any pain in your body that you want gone?” Right away the man said his back hurt. He said it was a 8 out of 10 when I asked him how much pain there was. I put my hand on his back and prayed that the pain would go away. I said, “God, I thank you so much for this man. I know you love him and that you have a desire to heal him. I command this pain right now to leave. I speak to this pain in his back and command it to leave. Thank you God for giving me the authority through You to be able to cast out this evil spirit. Jesus, just come into this man and heal him 100%. Thank you, Lord.” The guy looked up at me and started moving his back around. He said calmly, “There’s no pain.” I was so excited because this was the first miracle of the night. I jumped up and started telling him all about how this could happen. His girlfriend or wife was sitting there, too. I looked at her and asked if she had anything she wanted prayed for because of what she had just seen. She said no. Her boyfriend started signaling towards her neck. She shook her head a little bit, but then after a few seconds just agreed. She said she could not turn her neck all the way. She said she had a cramp that ran from her neck to her back all the time. I put my hand on her and prayed. Then I asked her if it was better. She tried moving it and said no. I quickly asked if I could try praying one more time. She said fine. Her boyfriend took her hand and held her close while we prayed. After we were done she moved her neck again. Her eyes got super wide immediately after trying out her neck. She started laughing and stuttering about how she couldn’t believe this could happen. She moved her neck all over, just trying it out. I was so excited I started yelling around about how awesome Jesus is. I talked to them about Jesus and how much He loves them and how this is Him knocking at their door. I left them and walked on to a lady sitting by herself. I introduced myself and asked if I could pray for her. She said her knee hurt and burned from standing all day. I prayed for it, and she said that nothing happened. I asked if I could pray again and she said yes. I prayed and again and when I opened my eyes, there was a teenage girl standing by the lady. I looked at her and said hi. The lady told me that was her daughter. The lady also said her knee had just gone numb and the burning was gone. She looked at her daughter and said, “I swear, the burning is gone, I’m not playin’ right now.” Another girl walked up, a little older than the other. The lady told her the same thing. They both were stunned. I asked if all the pain was gone, and the lady said no, just the burning was. I asked if I could pray one last time. The lady looked reluctant, but agreed. I prayed one more time and the lady said it all went away. She stood and said, “It’s all gone, all of it.” The girls looked at me, astonished. I then talked to the family for about 20 minutes about how Jesus loves them and just wants to be with them all the time. They listened intently until I said goodbye. That night, as a team, we had to of touched over 100 people, with over 20 healings done in Jesus’s name. God was on the move through us that night. He wants us to do this every day, but we decide not to because of other distractions in our life. Just take God with you no matter where you go and He will show you His incredible ways. His thought and ways are much higher than ours, so do not get discouraged when healing does not work. It is a test of faith. With God, you can pass any test. God is the teacher and he gives out the exams. To pass the exam, you must study (read the bible), and once you pass that exam, there’s usually another test after that until the final exam comes (judgement day). If you are in constant communion with God (the teacher), you will do fine, but if you aren’t communicating and reading the bible, and basically just living for Him, the test will probably beat you.
I was lying on my futon, praying, when I heard rushing footsteps and crying outside my window. God provoked me to go downstairs and see if anyone needed comfort or healing. I raced down the stairs and entered the lobby. I looked around, no one was hurt or crying. No one was down there besides Megan, who was standing on a stool and the CA worker who was behind Oak’s front desk. I pretended that I had to check my mailbox. Megan looked at me and said, “I feel so tall right now.” I told her she might actually be taller than me. She motioned me to come closer to see if I was actually taller than her while she was standing on the stool. It was pretty close. When I took a step back, she kind of looked side to side, and said, “Wow! Is this what you see all the time?” I kind of chuckled and left the lobby.
As I was exiting the lobby, I repeated what she had said to me, “Is this what you see all the time?” I had a revelation on how this tied in my Christian life. Yes, this is what I see all the time, but only because God has shown me that I can go even further with my faith. Everyday is full of opportunities given by God for us to learn and grow in our faith. If we do not take these opportunities presented by God, our faith will remain unchanged from the day prior. Each day acts like a building block for our faith foundation, but only if we act upon the opportunities that are given. It is important to grab these everyday opportunities so that our faith can be taken to new heights. Ever since coming to Bemidji, I have witness how God has taken me to new heights. He encourages me to get out of my comfort zone and to reach people who are scared, lonely, and in pain. I rely on His strength when I reach out to His people, because I know I can not do it alone. His comforting voice reassures me that I can do anything with Him by my side.
I got back up to my room, sat down with my computer and began writing this journal entry when I heard the rushing footsteps and the crying again. This time, I whipped open my blinds and saw a girl with her hands up to her face sobbing. I should have yelled for her to stay there because I wanted to pray for her. I fleeted my dorm room and raced down the stairs, again. I got down to the lobby in thirty seconds and headed outside. I did not see her. I stepped out on the steps and looked around. She was nowhere to be found. Where could she have gone. I started walking down the sidewalk and headed to Wally’s. I waited there for a few minutes and headed back to Oak. As I was walking back, I said a couple times out loud, “God loves you!”
Do not be afraid to let God take you to new heights.