My friend Susan runs the Northern Nevada Dream Center. A few days ago, her team went out to the local motels in our city to bring them a Sunday Supper. The team brings a hot meal, toiletries, and many other items that people living there might need. They love serving our city and they never know what they're going to find when they arrive.
Susan told me that there was a gentleman there who was obviously inebriated. He could hardly walk and leaned himself up against the building. He began speaking of all his bitterness and pain and as the team gathered around, He told them they could pray for him, so 4 or 5 of them began praying.
Susan said she felt this surge of Holy Spirit power, and she "just knew" he was about to receive salvation. So she asked Him if he wanted to pray and ask Jesus to be his Savior. He said, "Yes", but said he wouldn't be able to say the prayer by himself. She assured him that she would pray slowly and he could simply repeat the words. So she helped him pray a prayer of salvation, and all of a sudden, as the Holy Spirit came upon her, she began binding the spirit of addiction, casting out brokenness and bitterness, and loosing the spirit of peace, healing, freedom and deliverance in His life. As she turned to look at her team, they were all crying, but as she looked over her shoulder and saw that more than 20 people from the motel had gathered and formed an audience, and they were all crying.
As they said, “Amen”, the man looked down at his feet and said, “I see I'm wearing boots, but my feet aren’t touching the ground!”
Just then a teenage girl stepped forward from the crowd and said, “I’m next”! My young friend Alesha immediately went into action. For the first time ever in her Christian walk, she had the privilege of leading someone to Christ.
What a moment!!! It's what most Christians live for.
Psalms 91:1 reminds us, "He who [a]dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall remain stable and fixed under the shadow of the Almighty [Whose power no foe can withstand]." (Amp.)
Susan and Alesha had nothing to fear! But here's the thing, that moment in the spotlight for my friends did not just suddenly happen. These kinds of spotlight moments are a by-product of time spent in the secret place.
I have had the honor of watching both of these ladies be committed to building their prayer life, as week after week, and month after month, they have attended countless prayer classes and prayer meetings that I have led. They spent time meeting with God in the secret place where no one sees. It was then, in the spotlight, when God needed them to step into immediate, obedient action that they had the boldness and power to do it.
We all want the spotlight moment, but God prepares us in the secret place!
Bob Sorge wrote, “One day of exhilaration in the Holy Spirit is worth a thousand days of struggle! The greatest things in life—those things that carry eternal value—always come at the steepest price.”
As 2015 believers, we are to be people of radical obedience, not people who maintain the lowest possible standard to be a Christian. You must be willing to pay the price. No one can do your secret place experience for you. You must commit to doing it for your self.
Your spotlight moment will come. The question remains, will you be prepared and ready to step into it?