Monday, January 20, 2020

The Fingerprints All Over My Computer Screen

 "And Jesus took them in his arms and blessed them, laying his hands on them."   ...Mark 10:16


So I had this dream about Gordon Ramsay. Yes, the wild-eyed chef. ツ

In this dream, Tom and I went sightseeing with Gordon and his wife. We had a delightful time! (Years ago, while watching Kitchen Nightmares I came to appreciate Gordon's heart for clueless restaurateurs.) 

Anyway. Later while leaving them at an airport, I spied Gordon sitting alone, looking depressed. I turned around and asked if he was ok, to which he replied, "Not really." He went on to tell me what was wrong.

Immediately I said, "I'd love to pray with you about that--if that's okay." He said it was. Then I placed my hand upon his arm and prayed aloud for him, relying upon the Holy Spirit to give me His words, not mine. 

I love it when that happens, for it feels exactly like my spirit is very alert and doing something real, as opposed to just something imagined in a dream. Only a week before, this same thing happened in a dream, though with an old friend from high school.

From both dreams I awoke with an increased godly compassion for them and feeling blessed, grateful and ready to pray and lay hands upon anything that moved.  ツ

So back to today's title: What I'm noticing all over my computer screen? Fingerprints. For yes, lately I've been laying hands upon anyone online who God asks me to and praying out loud for them:

I found a Gordon Ramsay video then reached out, laid hands on his head, and prayed all sorts of good things over him.

The same with President Trump (what an honor I consider this!). 

And also, favorite new godly friends with battle-front-line ministries, ones who I touch with my fingertips and pray for their safety, added strength and favor. Folks like Lance Wallnau, Jonathan Cahn, Eric Metaxes. And more.

Oh, and I've also found photos online of the adult children of my friends who've moved to Heaven. I know they appreciate from there around Heaven's portal my adding prayers to theirs. (Hebrews 12:1)

Some of you might find this silly, but what I know? God asks us to do some silly-appearing things. His ways are not like ours, after all, and often the test becomes will we follow Him if what He asks results in powerful changes, but with losses of friends, money, jobs, book clubs or social media respect?

As for me, no small losses can dim the bright, marvelous(!) time I'm having lately while attending 'God College' in the wee morning hours or later, laying hands upon folks within my computer screen.

Oh, to know that unique, deep joy of obeying God even if no one else gets it!

"First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth."   ... 1 Timothy 2:1-4

"And he told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart."  ... Luke 18:1


Speaking of prayer.... If this video doesn't convince you Who's moving upon our President's heart, well, I seriously wonder if anything ever will. Alas.

"In the Lord's hand the king's heart is a stream of water that he channels toward all who please him."   ... Proverbs 21:1


"For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses." ... Matthew 6:14,15


Betsy said...

Happy Monday Morning Debra! It was wonderful to wake up and see your post this morning. What a powerful ministry God has laid upon your heart. Prayer is the most important thing we can do and I love the idea of praying for those in your dreams. Gordon Ramsey! Who would have though? Dare I think that I've been a person you took before Gods throne with your prayers?
I'm going to start trying to do this. May my computer screen be as full of fingerprints as yours is as a testimony of my love and caring for others.

K.E. said...

Years ago I was so moved to pray for Gerry Adams (Sinn Fein) that I left a meeting I was in to go sit quietly and pray for his protection for about 20 minutes.

Debra said...

Oh Betsy! That's one of the things I love about you. You stay open to trying the things I write about here. Thanks for letting me know and of course! Yes, you are one of those folks on my laying on of hands prayer list. :) Thanks, my friend!

Oh Kim! That's one of the bravest things I've heard. To actually leave a meeting and go pray--wow! Love it. In the 80's I felt that kind of urgency about Ken Osmond (good ol' Eddie Haskell on Leave It To Beaver). But back then I was only at home, so it was easy to pause and pray. Thanks for sharing your story!

Thanks so much for reading here and commenting, Ladies! Blessings, Debra

Pam said...

One of the best things about being retired is having some flexibility in one's schedule. Spending time with God during my morning bible reading and prayer time has truly changed my life. It has nothing to do with me and everything to do with the faithfulness of the Holy Spirit. Even when facing major challenges, he brings clarity, peace and hope. Deborah, I'm not surprised that you're dreaming about reaching out and praying for others. Prayer changes things. Prayer changes people. Prayer changes us. The bible has told us how we are to pray for ourselves and others. Yes, it takes some time and discipline because our world is noisy and busy, but nothing matters more than prayer. Carry on sweet sister in Christ!!!