I mean initially when one first really hears about the Holy Spirit, Pentecost comes to mind. Pentecost...always sounded like something in a fictional story to me personally. “And suddenly a sound came from heaven like the rush of a mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared to them tongues as of fire, distributed and resting on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.”
Tongues of fire is an intimidating thing to try to understand (at least to me anyways), and really during my time in high school, when I was first coming into the faith I did experience the Holy Spirit in a powerful way, I just didn’t realize it was the Holy Spirit. The first time I think I was really aware of the Holy Spirit was when I went to my first unbound training session and was prayed over.
Unbound prayer is just a certain way for prayer leaders to pray over others to receive inner healing. I was a freshmen in college when Adam Halfman asked me if I wanted to go to this training. I was always interested in praying with others and inner healing so it seemed like something that would be really good for myself.
Throughout the training on the first day, we were going over obstacles/wounds that can hold us back from receiving the Lord. As the speakers were going over these different kinds of obstacles/wounds, I started to feel more and more hopeless. I felt like I could associate myself with at least half of the obstacles on the list of common obstacles that they gave us. I couldn’t help but to think that there was no way that I could be healed from all the ways that I was broken. That it was all too much and if I couldn’t be healed of this, how was I ever going to be good enough to pray over others in this way?
The next day we came back, and I tried to have a renewed attitude but I couldn’t help but to cling onto the fears that I had. On this training day, we would have another speaker come in, but we would also be prayed over. I was absolutely terrified to be prayed over because I was really worried that everything that I was fearing was going to be true. That there was something wrong with me and that I couldn’t be healed.
My time to be prayed over came up. I started to talk to the prayer leader about what I wanted to have prayers for. She asked me some questions and we went into some of my past, but not into everything. Once we started to pray I could start to feel some of the hopelessness that I had earlier start to leave, and then in the middle of her praying she stopped and said “I think that someone abandoned you in the past and the Lord wants to come into that and show you that he’ll never abandon you, no matter how broken you think you are.” Once she said that I felt like the wind had been knocked out of me. She had not only known about a situation that I hadn’t told her about in my past, but also spoke into all the fears that I had been feeling leading up to this. I just felt an outpouring of relief and peace. The Holy Spirit put words of knowledge into my prayer leaders mind, and then poured out peace and joy into my own heart. After that prayer session, I felt like I could do anything and that the Lord could truly have victory over anything in my life.
The Holy Spirit reveals God to us on earth. God and heaven breaks into our lives through the Holy Spirit and it gives us all life. Whether it’s filling us with courage or confidence, physically healing, or speaking into the hardest parts of our life. Having more of the Holy Spirit in our lives is necessary to finding our way to God and to being disciples. Which is why we, the MHT staff, are holding the Holy Spirit Encounter tonight is that we want everyone to have the opportunity to have more of what they need as one of God’s children. I encountered the Holy Spirit in a powerful way my freshman year in college and seen so much more from Him since then that has only made me want to keep coming back for more. I encourage anyone that wants any more of God in their life to come and I know that the Holy Spirit will meet you with even more than you thought possible.