Confident Faith in God Stories

STORY #11-- Prophetic Words of Affirmation and Counsel

    Posted by Klaus Issler on May 11, 2010

JESUS:     “So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.” (Luke 11:9-10)

      Last year Brian, a close friend of ours, was invited to speak on the supernatural nature of God’s Kingdom in a class at a local Christian university. I (J. P.) came along as a visitor. There were seven professors in attendance and about fifty graduate and undergraduate students.  During the second hour of the class, after lecturing for about fifteen minutes, Brian paused and began to pray silently for a moment.  He then singled out a professor, Dr. Johnson (not the person’s real name), attending the class that evening, someone he did not know although he had been briefly introduced along with a dozen or so folks before the session started. In front of the class Brian shared that the professor had five heart desires that were being brought before the Lord in prayer and that God was about to fulfill all of them.  Brian specifically identified all five desires, and they were quite specific.  I could see the professor begin to tremble and cry a bit in response to Brian’s words.  The incident lasted about two minutes, and Brian returned to lecturing. 
      After the lecture, I took the professor aside and asked what had happened.  Dr. Johnson’s response put the fear of God in my heart. This word to the professor had occurred in the second hour following a class break. Just prior to the second half of class, during the break in a quiet area outside the classroom, the professor had privately expressed these specific five heart desires to Jesus.  They were exactly the five Brian had spoken about.  In fact, at the time Brian spoke these words, Dr. Johnson was praying for a specific concern at the exact moment Brian began sharing these heart desires in the classroom. Brian’s first word was the very concern being prayed for at the time!  And people think God doesn’t reveal things to his children today!  I spoke to the professor about two months later. These personal words given by Brian had incredibly edified Dr. Johnson. A sustained intimacy with the Father had been birthed at that moment deep within by God’s voice through Brian.
      But there’s more.  After the class and in the presence of one of the professors, the most vocal, skeptical student in the class came up to Brian and expressed his doubts about such words of guidance.  He then told Brian that during the class he sensed that Brian had something to say to him and he was curious about whether he had sensed correctly.  Brian acknowledged the student’s intuition and said he had not felt free to speak to the student in front of the class for fear of embarrassing him.  When asked by the student what he was going to say, Brian proceeded to tell the student that the Lord had told him that the night before the student and his wife had experienced a terrible argument. Brian went on to state specifically what the topic of their argument had been, and he then spoke words of encouragement to the student about repenting and seeking the Lord’s love for his wife.  The student wilted.  In fact, not only was Brian right about the argument, but he also was precisely correct about the source of disagreement!  The student walked away a believer in such words of guidance, and, more importantly, he left with a deep hunger to know and obey the Lord.  When Brian told me about this, I called the professor who had witnessed the event.  The professor is a traditional evangelical in his theological orientation, and he confirmed to me the details I have just shared with you.
      So that our intentions are clear, we reiterate something we said earlier in this chapter: Our purpose in sharing these stories is not to provide guidance in hearing God’s voice or in explaining why God is sometimes silent or why some people hear him more easily than others or why God answers some prayers and doesn’t answer others.  Our purpose is to remind us that Christianity is actually true.  The Christian God is really there, and he is not silent!  He is worthy of our growing confidence in him and his Word!

© J. P. Moreland and Klaus Issler, 2008.
In Search of a Confident Faith: Overcoming Barriers to Trusting in God, (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity), pp. 153-55.

 “True faith is never found alone; it is always accompanied by expectations.
The man who believes the promise of God expects to see them fulfilled. Where there is no expectation there is no faith.” 

A. W. Tozer

God Tells the Man Who Cares
(Harrisburg, PA: Christian Publications, 1970), 37.
Dr. Klaus Issler