For the past six months, the Reverent company has been reading through the book by Robbie Dawkins called “Do What Jesus Did”. We are now going through this book in more depth in our weekly Bible study. The whole premise of the book is to step into and walk in the authority that Jesus has given us as Christians. It is the idea that we need to not be sideline Christians but people who are willing to step out of their comfort zone and let the Holy Spirit lead.
One thing that is an overarching theme in Dawkins book is letting God interrupt you. He shares a lot of stories that would have gone very different if he didn’t let God interrupt him. When you live your life set in your ways and in your schedule, it is not a position to let the Holy Spirit lead and use you for the Kingdom. Dawkins talks about times where he was planning on doing one thing but God interrupted him by bringing a person or situation to him. He could have quickly prayed for that person and gone on his day, but he leaned into how God was wanting to use him in that situation.
Robbie Dawkins talks about a time that he was praying for someone early on in his ministry, before he really believed that God could use him to heal people. He talks about how he heard God tell him “Get out on a limb...Take a risk (Dawkins 24)”. When he heard that he thought about the verse that says “open your mouth wide, and I will fill it (Psalm 81:10)”. This is definitely something to remember when you are stepping out in faith. God lives inside of us in the form of the Holy Spirit. The same God who spoke the universe into existence lives inside of you. When Moses didn’t know what to say, God gave him words. All God wants us to do is step out in faith and try. Even if you don’t know what to do or how to pray for someone, God encourages us in this verse that if you open your mouth, God is going to fill it. Along the same lines, Isaiah reminds us “so shall My word be that goes out from My mouth; it shall not return to Me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it (Isaiah 55:11)”. When God’s word is shared, it does not just fall. God’s word is going to accomplish what He plans for it. When you speak in His authority, you can be confident that God’s plans are going to be accomplished.
One thing that I loved what Robbie Dawkins said was “God’s gift to us is ability; our gift to God is availability. He says to us, “you go first. You be available and step out, and I will empower you in the moment.” (Dawkins 27)”. God isn’t looking for people who are talented at public speaking or knows how to heal people in their own power; God is looking for people who are willing to be available to be used by Him. Paul encourages us in Galatians to “walk by the Spirit (Galatians 5:16)”. This means that whatever we do, we have the choice to walk in our own power or walk in the power and direction of the Holy Spirit. It is our choice to let God use us by walking in the Spirit. When we choose to let God work through us, when we give our availability to Him, Paul says that “to Him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generation, forever and ever. Amen (Ephesians 3:20-21)”.
So what does this look like? God wants you to step out in faith. He wants you to pray for people to be healed and for marriages to be mended. God wants us to pray for the blind eyes to be opened and for spiritual chains to be broken off. What this doesn’t mean is that we pray for people to be healed to make us look cool or super holy. God’s purposes are for there to be “life and have it abundantly (John 10:10)”. God wants people to be healed and have spiritual and physical life. When we pray for healing, we are praying for God’s will to be done. When we pray for spiritual life, we are praying in the authority of God. Open your mouth and let God fill it.