Tonight, the sermon was on miracles. Jesus came to show himself as God and he proved it through the miracles He did. His miracles were both a sign, pointing out who he was and where the real source of power is, but also a window into a world rescued from the fall. They pointed out where God was doing a new thing.
Since we believe that God still does miracles, particularly when He is doing a new thing in our lives, our pastor invited people to come up and pray with our team of intercessors and pastors. We have a great team and many of them came out on a Saturday night, even though they are usually only at church on Sunday morning. It is such an unbelievable privilege to walk people boldly to the throne of God Himself, first to see the majesty of His face and then in seeing Him, rejoice at His willingness and power to meet their need and display His glory.
Several of the people I prayed with were clearly divine appointments. One is a longtime friend who didn't even need to tell me what her heart was aching over, but at the Throne, the Lord provided a new avenue for prayer that will truly break open the situation. Another was a person in tears who needs a new job and needs relationship repairs, but needs to know God is there with her far more than she needs the provision in her circumstances--I can understand that too. The last one I prayed with was a mom who just wants her daughter to speak. I can't even count the times my heart has broken wanting my own daughter to speak. After we prayed, I was delighted to welcome her and her daughter to our Saturday night service, letting her know that her 8 year old will be just as welcome as my own 10 year old.
This is the stuff. There's nothing like it, short of spending time before His glorious face myself. What a joy! The real miracle is that He could use a proud, silly, over-educated slacker like myself to delight in His work, treasuring a role that is decidedly behind the scenes.
Now we get to see what God gets to do with all we have asked. My Father is amazing.