Read more stories from our encounters led by the Holy Spirit.
BY BARBARA COLACCHIA
May 12th, 2013
God is so good and loves us so much that on more than one occasion He has sent us to pray for someone’s family member. Why? Because, He hears the cries of our heart and loves us enough to show that what is important us is important to Him. On this day, God sent us to the Phillipsburg Mall. He showed one team member the name of the store, another a picture of the store, and another “Phillipsburg Mall.” God confirmed where to go to all three. The words of knowledge given were; breathing difficulty, pain behind the ears, muscular back pain, a picture or tattoo of a lizard, red sweatshirt and jeans.
As we walked around the mall we came across a cart that did eyebrow threading and henna tattoos. On the cart’s side was a picture of a lizard tattoo. Immediately, we knew that this was one of our treasures. We walked around the mall again, asking for words of wisdom to speak to the woman. Eventually one of our team members approached her. She was from India, and though she had no interest in the Gospel, she was comforted by the fact that someone cared enough to ask about her day and her life.
Through this encounter, we learned that day that although salvation is important, our goal is to love. The woman in that cart felt love, and perhaps that was all we were meant to do for her.
We then spotted a woman in a baggy red sweatshirt and jeans. Instantly the team felt that this was our other treasure, yet, for some reason, we could not approach her. It took well over 30 minutes to realize that the enemy had his hand on us and on her.
When we bound any spirit that was interfering and prayed for the Holy Spirit to come upon us, the mall, and the woman, immediately we were able to approach and speak to her. We gently told her that we were praying this morning and were led to this mall to find her, God’s treasure. She looked at us as though we were aliens.
We stood our ground, smiled, said a quick prayer silently, further breaking any stronghold that may be preventing her from speaking to us. We told her how God loves her and showed her our list of God clues that led us to her. Not only did God show us the clothes she was wearing but also the store where we found her. This was the vision we had of the store front as a word of knowledge.
She looked right at us as if she were about to hit one of us. Her face was all scrunched up as if she didn’t know what to make of us and then she said, “Well, could you pray for my mother?”
By the end of the divine meeting, she was smiling.
It turned out that her mom had a bad case of shingles. The doctor said it would only last 10 days, but it had already been over two months. This lady was walking around the mall aimlessly in distress and concern over her elderly mom. Could you believe that? God again loved one of His children so much that he sent three people from a church she had never heard of, from a town she never heard of, to pray not just for her but for her mother! By the end of our conversation, she no longer looked like the angry person we saw walking in the mall. She said she could not wait to go home and tell her mom about our encounter. She had a renewed faith and a spring in her step.
The word of knowledge of breathing difficulty was an older lady. She was waiting on a bench for her daughter to bring over the car. Not only did God relieve her breathing but she was very thankful that someone sat beside her and asked if she needed prayer. She said she needed to know that God still heard her.
May 16th, 2013
Nothing is about self when it comes to ministry.
One of our intercessors who has a gift of prophecy told me not to underestimate the importance of Treasure Hunting; we may bring to Christ someone whose mother has been praying for them for 20 years. At the time I took it as a joke in light conversation, not knowing this was a prophetic word. The night before our hunt, I felt God say “Brush up on your Spanish.”
There he was, standing by the paint section without any
idea of what was about to happen.
I looked up the Sinner’s Prayer in Spanish and said to myself, “I’m good. No need to worry. After all, it's probably my imagination.” It's important to listen to the voice of God. The next day we met together to worship, praise and fellowship. This is important because it's when we get to know and pray for one another and form bonds of trust with those with whom we go out. These people will be either praying for you or with you, or will be interceding while you pray. Either way, they become a vital part of the ministry and you.
Our words for that day were extreme stress, shoulder tension, gray haired man with blue striped white shirt and jeans, heart attack or heart problem, Home Depot, parking lot, Barnes and Noble, and that someone Spanish will come to salvation. Since we had two locations as to where to go, we prayed as a team. We each received a vision of where to go. One team member envisioned the parking lot, another saw the name, and another just saw a big splotch of orange. The orange was the giveaway. To Home Depot we went.
This day was truly amazing. This time every single word of knowledge was used and there were some pretty specific words of knowledge. As we walked around Home Depot, we looked around for our treasure. This time we didn’t ask if anyone needed prayer as we knew who we had to look for. Every time we go out it’s a little different, and this time we knew we had to find the man with the gray hair and the Spanish person.
We prayed as a group for words of knowledge and prophecy as we approached. Two of us interceded and one approached God’s first treasure that day. As I approached the man, I asked him if he had back pain. He said, “No understand.” I said, “Oh boy, God, I need you now,” and I spoke to him in Spanish, asking him if I could pray for him. Unfortunately, I spoke too fast and he misunderstood if I could kiss him, and he said sure.
I wanted to run but my legs would not move. I was embarrassed and wanted to hide under the register, but it was too far. All I could feel was God saying, “Now, tell Him I want Him.” All I could think was “No way. He already thinks I want to kiss him, I’m not going to say you want him. Who knows what kind of confusion this could lead to.” All these thoughts raced though my head and at the same time my legs were glued to the floor. It was as if God was saying. “I know what you want, but you know what I require.” So I tried again. I asked if he had shoulder pain. He said yes.
I explained how my friends and I get together and ask God to show us who to pray for and God wants him to know He loves him and He wants to touch him today. Words of prophecy came out that were specific to him, and as the conversation went on, we showed him our list of words of knowledge. Then God gave us words to speak about his mom.
He accepted our prayer for his shoulder pain and his anxiety. Instantly both were healed. He accepted prayer for his mother who had a heart attack, and he accepted Jesus as Savior! The Holy Spirit came down on him and he started repenting and thanking God for all that He had done in his life and for coming to him that day. As one final gift to us, he turned around and said, “You know, my mom has been praying for me for 20 years to come to Christ.” Wow, talk about prophetic!
He was so excited and grateful he called his mom right there as his paint was being mixed and he put the phone up so I could hear his mom rejoicing over the phone.
We had not felt our spiritual release, so we continued to walk the aisles. Then we saw a gray haired man with a blue stripped white shirt. We approached him and he eagerly accepted prayer. He wanted prayer for himself and for his wife. She had been having chest pains. He was so happy he was being prayed for that he told his approaching co-worker not to talk to him while he was accepting prayer. This was funny because his co-worker had no belief in what we were doing, but God was there, right there in the plumbing aisle as we prayed.
There seemed to be a force field around this gentleman. Three of his co-workers came to him to ask for something, but not one approached as he was being prayed for. It was an amazing sight!
Still the release was not there, so we walked to Staples, where one of our team members had a terrible back ache, yet another word of knowledge. We prayed for her and she was instantly healed. As we walked out of Staples, in the parking lot was a man in a wheel chair. We wondered if we should ask if he wanted prayer. As we were debating, he came and asked if we could escort him to his car since his chair had no brakes. We took this as the go ahead from God to pray for him.
We spoke to him a bit. He admitted he had gone away from God, but now would consider going back. He saw God’s love through us and the words of prophesy that God gave rang true to him. He was so grateful that he gave us some of his artwork.
It never ceases to amaze me how we go out to bless and please God, and we are the ones who always get the blessings. God is truly amazing.