In the mornings, often, I will ask Papa God to use me to help someone in need that day. I am always amazed by the people that The Lord brings to me. Every single person is so beautiful and unique. Through their pain and often tears, their hearts are so tender to hear from The Lord through me.
How wonderful is God that He would use us to help those that cry out to Him? When God uses you that means you are an answer to someone’s prayer.
I want to encourage you today to pray and ask Papa God to lead you to someone that needs to feel the love of God; to be the hands and feet of Jesus. You were created for a purpose and I pray that The Lord uses you for His glory and as a servant of healing and restoration to the hearts of His people.
For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.” Mark 10:45 (NKJV)
Countless times when I pray for God to use me to help someone, He directs my path to cross in the direction of whom He has in mind. When our paths eventually merge, I will hear that still small voice inside my spirit on what to say.
When presenting to them what the Lord has put on my heart, typically the look on their faces tells me that I am indeed hearing from God. The hardest part is to be obedient to the promptings of the Holy Spirit. Once you step out in faith, the next words will come easy because the Holy Spirit knows what that person needs and then He jumps in to assist.
I will never forget the day that I met Mrs. Liddy. I went to the grocery store to pick up a few items. While in the checkout line, a lady was standing in front of me checking out with her grocery items as well. She was very sweet and talkative with me and the cashier. Suddenly, in my spirit, I heard, “Ashley, I want you to pray for her.” Recalling my first thought, “Right here in the checkout line, Lord?” I got really nervous and couldn’t bring myself to say anything to her. (I think my pride was in the way and or maybe it just wasn’t the right time)
The nice lady finished paying the clerk, said goodbye to me and walked out of the store. My heart sank in my chest; I felt I had missed my opportunity to pray for her. So in my desire to please God, I said a quick prayer, in my thoughts, by the means of making a deal with Him. I said, “Ok God if I walk out of the store to the parking lot, and that lady is still here, parked in my same row; I will know You want me to pray for her.”
Do you see the silly stipulations I put on God? I should have known He would accept my terms and make it happen, even before I knew my assignment. Truthfully, He must get a giggle out of me at times and just simply shake His head while smiling. All the while knowing full well that He is about to blow my mind. (Thank You, Papa God, for loving me anyway, even in my silliness.)
And what do you know? When I walked out of the store, I rolled my grocery cart down the row where my car was parked and there she was! Her car was right across from my car. Keep in mind; this was a very large parking lot. I knew this was defiantly God and that I now had to ask her if I could pray for her.
Casually, I walked over to her and started talking to her again. After a few minutes, with a sincere heart, I said, “I feel that the Lord is asking me to pray for you. Would that be ok?” Mrs. Liddy lit up like a Christmas tree with the biggest and most gracious smile and said, “YES! Please do so. I have been going through a terrible time and I prayed that God would help me.”
To be honest, I don’t even recall what I said in my prayer for Mrs. Liddy. I just allowed the Holy Spirit to lead my words. When we were finished, we introduced ourselves and exchanged email addresses. Come to find out, Mrs. Liddy is a piano teacher and my daughter had been asking to learn to play the piano. To make a long story short, Mrs. Liddy has been teaching my daughter to play piano for the past few years. Is that amazing?
What I find interesting is that through my prayer to help someone, God helped three people; Mrs. Liddy, myself and my daughter. You see, God will do the most miraculous things if we are ready and willing to be used by Him. When you pray the “Use Me Lord” prayer, don’t feel pressured to look for these people, God will bring them to you in the most effortless way. It should not ever be forced or come across as pushy. Be natural and relax. After all, it’s not about making it happen. It’s about how God wants to use you to help the other person.
While the person is speaking and telling you what is going on in their life, take a second to thank God for the opportunity and ask The Holy Spirit to give you His words for His beloved. He will because He is faithful and we are in partnership with Him to accomplish all that He has planned for our lives. Feel blessed because He loves you and that other person so much that He would send you to be His hands and feet to deliver the good news; allowing the love of Jesus to be seen in you.
Lord, I know that You have a great purpose for me and I want to be used by You for Your glory. I ask You to direct my steps, may they be ordered of You. When my assignment crosses my path, let me hear Your voice to know how to pray for them and what You would have me say to help Your beloved. Holy Spirit, I ask You for favor and wisdom as Your vessel to speak to others. Let my words and actions reflect the love of Jesus. Allow the peace that surpasses all understanding to take over my emotions. Thank You, in advance for using me, Lord. In Jesus name, I pray. Amen.
I am so excited for you. I can’t wait to hear how the Lord has used you to advance His kingdom and bring healing to the broken-hearted. Keep running your race! There is much to do today in an effort to show others how much God loves them. It’s going take some practice and courage but I believe in you and God does too.
Let’s change the world, Papa!
Papa God and Ashley
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