The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because He hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; He hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, to preach the acceptable year of the Lord. (Luke 4:18-19 KJV)
Several years ago, the Lord spoke to me and told me to go to the smallest church in America (
). I had been there in the past, and it was such a peaceful sanctuary in a busy and troubled world. People from all over would stop by, and many would leave written prayer requests. I would read through the requests and pray for all these folks. It was a joy to be able to intercede for so many hurting people.
It was early afternoon on the day I went to that little church. I pulled up in the shaded parking area, turned off the engine to my car, and listened to the wind softly whispering through the tall live oak trees. I went inside the church, stood behind the pulpit and began to read the prayer requests. My heart was breaking as I read of the troubles, pains and sorrows written on those old notebook pages. I began to pray, and the spirit of the Lord came down.
I then heard a vehicle pull up. I looked outside and saw a bus. Several people got out and came inside where I was. I asked the group leader who they were, and she said the people were mostly special needs adults, and they were on a group outing. I then told her how the Lord had led me there, and that I was a preacher. She asked me to preach a short sermon. We sang a song, and I preached to a packed house at that little old church. It was such a special privilege and blessing to be used by the Lord to give those folks a message from Him. They all listened intently, saying Amen and praising the Lord. I know the Lord sent me there at that specific time and date. He opened a door of ministry, and brought the congregation that He wanted to be there.
And how shall they preach, except they be sent? As it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!. (Romans 10:15 KJV)
About the author: Irvin L. Rozier is the author of My Walk with the Lord and a US Army Chaplain of American Legion Post 181. To see his videos, visit the Web sites