(From The Philippines: By Tamasen Tervo)
“If there’s anything you want prayers for, please ask one of us. We would be happy to pray for you.” Pastor Colin closed his sermon, and the music began to play. At first, everyone sat where they were. Then Pastor Bert gave the people of Kitcharao an encouraging wave, and they surged forward, in confirmation to Colin’s call. So many wanting prayer. Probably more than fifty percent of the chairs emptied. It was time for the ALCA team to follow through on Pastor Colin’s promise.
As Scott watched them coming forward, he prayed, “God, You’re going to have to send the first one to me. Because I can’t do it myself.” Almost immediately, a woman approached him asking for prayer.
When he was done, it was the same again: “I’m sorry, God, but You need to do it one more time.” Right in that moment, a young boy in a yellow shirt at the back of the crowd squeezed towards Scott. With the reassurance of answered prayer, Scott reached out and continued to pray for people.
Every single person was prayed for, and many of them opened their hearts. Mothers came with their children. The hurting and the worried came. Any care was recast upon God, and asked of God to place His hand in every one of the situations. And yet, “I feel like so many of them were praying for me at the time (Fratt Aho).”
The power of God was in that place. God’s power was in that gymnasium!
Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise. Is anyone among you sick? Let him call the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working. – James 5:13-17