I had the unexpected opportunity to pray with a co-worker who doesn't know the Lord the other day that was really great. My partner and I had just dropped our patient off in the hospital when my partner noticed one of our co-workers laying in one of the rooms.
There are many people who work for the fire department and, to my recollection, I hadn't met him before. But my partner knew him and struck up a conversation. He told us why he was there and it was a pretty hard story. The man was going through some pretty hard times.
As we listened I sensed the familiar nudge of the Holy Spirit to pray for the man. I had a short silent discussion saying, "I don't know him and I don't know if he is a believer." But the Lord told me, "Pray for him."
So I looked at the man and asked him if we (my partner is a believer) could pray for him. His eyes widened in surprise and said, "absolutely". So I asked him if I could put my hand on his shoulder and he told me yes.
We prayed for him and asked the Lord to touch his heart and heal his body. I prayed as the Lord led me to pray, talked a few more minutes and then left. On the way out my partner thanked me for praying for the man and that the two of them have had discussions about God. My partner told me that God had really been pursing the mans heart lately.
This is a simple story that had a profound impact. There is great purpose for the things God nudges us to do. We must take great courage and respond. We won't always get confirmation that we did the right thing but sometimes we do. We must always be ready to be used by God. He loves the stranger next to you just as much as He loves you and maybe, just maybe, He wants to use you to reach the strangers heart!
Jesse and Kara Birkey
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