Through this journey, I discovered I had to ask what He was revealing to me. As I shared before; first, I had to identify if the pain was for me, for someone else, or for a stronghold in a specific area. I always asked the Lord to reveal to me what each pain meant. Sometimes He remained silent, sometimes He spoke a specific word, or He gave me a vision. He didn’t put me in anyone else’s path with the same gift because He wanted me totally dependent on Him. So as I am writing this, my prayer is for you to first seek Him when He speaks to you. If you need assistance, look to this as a starting point. Always continue looking to Him and His word for the answers. 1 John 2:27 “As for you, the anointing you received from Him remains in you, and you do not need anyone to teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about all things and as that anointing is real, not counterfeit-just as it has taught you, remain in Him.”
Here is an example of how He called me to intercede. As Neil (my husband) and I were leaving the campsite to go purchase supplies, I got a stabbing pain in my stomach. The Lord allows me to feel this type of pain so I will begin interceding for protection. It feels as though someone has stabbed me in the stomach, a frontal attack. The closer to town we got, the stronger the pain became. I continued praying, not understanding why or what I was praying about. As we headed back to camp, we saw numerous law enforcement vehicles lined up along the side of the road. Neil quickly checked the news to see what he could find. There was an armed standoff that began at approximately 4:00 a.m. and it was 9:00 p.m. as we drove by. After discovering this, I knew this was what the Lord was having me pray about. Neil is in law enforcement and he prayed for the safety and mindset of the first responders. I prayed for the person who had barricaded them self inside would peacefully surrender. After praying, the pain in my stomach subsided. The following morning, we discovered not more than 10 minutes after we prayed, the crisis ended peacefully! I am believing the Lord was just waiting for someone to intercede and release Kingdom solutions into the atmosphere to overcome the darkness.
Since being working with TTR, I have been under the teachings of Ray Sturdivant who is the founder of a healing and deliver ministry called Mining the Truth. While sitting second chair during a prayer session, my right ear felt as though it was closing up and I lost hearing in it. At first, I knew it was related to what the Lord was wanting to do. However, it was scary as I hoped it wouldn’t become permanent. When there was an opportunity, I spoke up and asked the person we were praying with if she had trouble hearing out of her right ear. She said she was deaf in her left ear. Ray and I laid hands on her and prayed for her to receive her hearing back. She received healing and disclosed she could hear better. My personal I belief is the Lord was conveying to me that His intention was for her to begin hearing His voice. This individual had been angry at God for past trauma in her life and had turned from Him. So with my experience, anything dealing with my right ear means to lean into His voice. The reference is related to the numerous scriptures saying how Jesus sitting at the right hand of the Father. My prayer is for her to continue pressing into Him and for her to continue letting down her guard to receive His love in full.
In a session right after that, I told the person we were praying for that I felt as though someone was grabbing my right arm. She showed us her arm and how three bruises showed up on her arm a few days prior. Ray identified it as a spirit of limitation. However, she was delivered and has every confidence that with God, all things are possible!
During this same outreach, during our evening service I found myself alone in my car paralyzed in fear that all of my prayers were laced with curses. I felt as though I was going to cause harm to someone if I laid hands on them. I panicked and began weeping. After calling a dear friend to pray through that with me, I realized I was feeling witchcraft in the atmosphere. We began worshipping and proclaiming the Lord’s goodness and it subsided. Now, when I experience this, I immediately know to counter the darkness with the opposite spirit. For example, if I am feeling witchcraft, I pray for the Lord’s supernatural power to come in and invade and for His Truth to be released. If I am feeling perversion, I release purity. Depression, joy…you get the drift!
The last incident I will leave you with is while I was visiting a friend at another church, someone came up to our group for prayer. She explained she had someone pray over her the week before and teeth marks manifested on her neck that very night. Immediately, I began feeling my throat close and received an image of a python with it’s head cut off. She explained last night she had a dream of this individual in her home carrying a decapitated chicken. After receiving knowledge of what was going on in the spiritual realm, we knew how to pray. I am pleased to report about a week later, she was healed!
As you can see, the Lord uses this gift as a way to gain intel on what is going on in the spiritual realm. He continues allowing me to experience new things and I continue pressing in so I can accomplish the assignment He has laid out in front of me. My prayer is as you navigate, you too will begin to see break through and operate in the fullness of who He has called you to be!