It never ceases to amaze me of the emotion that fills me when God sends that next addict or alcoholic down my path. I remember back in 2007 when I felt the call from God to help addicts and alcoholics, I asked God, “Where will I find them,” and God replied to me, “Minister to those I put in your path.” Now He didn’t speak audibly to me. He spoke that sentence to my spirit. And, God has literally brought people into my path since that day that have a problem with an addiction.
Although I have been helping addicts since 2007, our website didn’t go live until this month; July 2012. I didn’t know how many might see the website or who might call. A young man was the first to call and leave a message after viewing our website. It had only been a couple of days after the website had gone live. When I called him back he told me that he had a problem with alcohol and that the weekend before had been a bad weekend for him. He wanted help and he was willing to go to a facility. We discussed his options. He was going to think about it and get back to me. I told him how Healing Reign Ministry could help. And then we hung up the telephone and ended our conversation.
When I hang up from someone who calls me, I always wonder if I will talk to them again. I wonder if they will follow through on going to a facility to get help with their addiction, to get the help that they need. It becomes a thought that stays on my mind for some time. It is almost an obsession with me, I guess you could say even an addiction of sorts, that I want the help “for” them. I have thought before that if there could be some words that I could say to them or something that I could do to deliver them from their addiction that I would say it or do it. But, then, of course, I know that only God can do that, only the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords, the Creator of our Universe, only He can deliver us from the strongholds of an addiction or for any sin that we have in our lives that has such a hold on us that we cannot loose ourselves. I know that He can do it, so what can I do to help them. What is it that God wants me to do? When I hung up from this young man, I began to pray for him. God has been speaking to me lately about praying as an intercessor. I looked it up in the dictionary. It said “a prayer or petition to God on behalf of another”. God wants me to pray on behalf of those who come to me for help. And not just any prayer, but one from my heart, from the inner parts of my soul and from the very fiber of my being; a desperate and passionate prayer that stems only from the calling of the Holy Spirit of the Living God. I can’t explain it, but I had this enormous burden for this young man to get the help he said that he wanted. That night when I went to bed, he was so deeply rooted into my mind and spirit that I cried for him and asked God to give him a miracle, a miracle like I know that God gave to my son. It was hard for me to go sleep, but eventually I did. When I awoke, this young man was still on my mind. I was still on the verge of tears. I had not met this young man in person, we didn’t know each other prior to our telephone conversation and our phone conversation didn’t last that long. I wondered if I had said all that I could say to him that would encourage him to go into a rehabilitation center. I wondered if I had said everything that the Holy Spirit of God would have wanted me to say. I can’t explain the yearning that I had for this young man to get help.
The next morning I felt this overwhelming urge to text him. I felt that this was the Holy Spirit letting me know that this young man needed just a little bit more encouragement. I text him what I felt that the Holy Spirit wanted me to say. And then, that was it. I didn’t hear from him the rest of that day.
Not too long after I went into work the next morning, my cell phone rang. I recognized the number as belonging to the young man that God had put on my heart to pray an intercessor’s prayer for. I answered it. I was glad to hear from him. I asked him if he had given anymore thought to going into a facility. And then he absolutely blew my mind when he said, “I’m packed.” I just gasped and asked “Are you serious?” He said he was. And then he said that he received my text message and he had it saved. “He had saved my text message.” I don’t even remember what I said in that message, but I do remember writing it from my heart with the Holy Spirit of God in mind.
The young man in this story is now in rehab, an excellent rehab. I cannot wait to see what God is going to do through him. I know that this experience will change his life. The first time I talked to him, he told me that he wanted to be better. I am praying that he will be whole in Christ Jesus. I am praying, as an intercessor for him, for God to grant him a miracle of deliverance from any addiction that has a strong hold on his life. I want him to be free from anything that has him bound. In the name of Jesus, I ask you to pray for him, also. I ask you to join me and together we will be intercessors for this young man. I thank you in advance for your prayers.
1 Timothy 2:1
“I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people.”
Love in Christ Jesus,