Prompted by the Holy Spirit
“Lord, please take care of Jenny! Tell her I love her!”
It was the second week of May when Linda first felt a burden to pray for her 32-year-old daughter Jenny who had given birth to her second baby boy on May 2. There were no complications from the birth, but Linda said, “The feeling that I needed to pray for her was so intense that I wept.”
“I wasn’t myself at all that week,” Linda continued. “I had absolutely no energy. I prayed and cried before going to work and when I went home at noon. It was always the same prayer: ‘Lord, take care of Jenny.’”
On the morning of May 15, Jenny was in bed asleep. Her husband Randy had overslept by 15 minutes. Normally he was showered and out the door by that time of the morning. As he was getting ready to leave, he heard Jenny make a noise. He walked over to her and discovered she was blue and just barely breathing. He rolled her over as she took her last two breaths before she stopped breathing. He called 911 and started CPR. The police and EMTs were there in one minute and 43 seconds. They had to shock her heart to start it beating again. After they got her in the ambulance, Randy called Linda.
“You need to get to the hospital right away. Something is wrong with Jenny. Her heart stopped beating. They said they may not be able to save her.”
Linda said, “When you receive word that your daughter may be dying, the first thing you want to do is jump in the car and get to the hospital as fast as possible. But I had a special burden to get down on my knees and pray before doing anything else.”
Linda said to her husband and youngest daughter, “We can’t leave yet. We have to pray first.”
The three of them kneeled by the side of the bed while Linda prayed: “God, please be with Jenny. Don’t take her from these two little boys. Send angels to be with her. Work through the doctors’ hands. Please be with her, Lord!”
At the hospital, a cardiologist told them that Jenny was literally drowning in her own fluids. He said, “She’s very, very critical. Her organs may shut down. We don’t know how much oxygen she lost, so she could have brain damage. She’s on total life support right now. The only thing I can say is to pray and pray hard.”
“When they let us into the ICU,” said Linda, “I fell to my knees beside her bed and pleaded for her life: “Lord, she has two little boys who need her. Please don’t take her away from these little boys.”
At the end of that prayer Linda said, “A calm came over me. I knew she was going to be OK. It was in God’s hands.”
They continued praying for Jenny all day long. Her name was added to prayer chains from Indiana to Florida.
That evening the cardiologist came to them again. “I have never seen anything like this. It’s absolutely a miracle,” he said. “She has made a turn for the better—such a quick turnaround from so critical a state. It’s just a miracle.”
Jenny was diagnosed with post-partum cardiomyopathy—a rare, life-threatening condition that can occur after childbirth. She went home after two weeks with no brain or organ damage—truly a miraculous recovery.
“There were many miracles along the way,” Linda said. “Randy overslept that morning, something he never does. He had just completed a refresher course in CPR, and the ambulance arrived in less than two minutes. But the biggest miracle was that the Holy Spirit gave me a burden to pray for Jenny for an entire week before this happened.”
This confirms Paul’s teaching about the work of the Holy Spirit in Romans 8:
The Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God’s will. Romans 8:26-27NIV
Thank you, Lord, for the gift of the Holy Spirit living inside all believers. He prompts us to pray, sometimes when we don’t understand why.
What is the Holy Spirit & The Ways He Empowers You
1. The Holy Spirit is your Helper.
The Power of the Holy Spirit
When Jesus gave His disciples the task of preaching the gospel to the entire world, they had absolutely no ability to carry it out. That’s why He told them to wait until the Holy Spirit came. In the same way, if we hope to accomplish what God desires in our life, we need to live with full dependence on the third Person of the Godhead.
The power of the Spirit is God’s divine energy and authority released in believers’ lives for the purpose of righteous living and fruitful service. When we walk in the Spirit, we’re relying on His strength to accomplish God’s will. As a result, we experience the following benefits:
• We may get tired, but we won’t burn out.
• We’ll trust God instead of trying to manipulate our circumstances.
• We may experience distress, but we won’t become desperate.
• We won’t become overwhelmed with discouragement or obstacles, knowing the Spirit within us will enable us to do what He’s called us to accomplish.
When we do God’s work by His strength, in His way, and with His wisdom, we’ll be blessed no matter what goes on around us. Walking in the Spirit doesn’t mean life will be easy—but we never have to walk through it alone, because our Helper is always with us.
“The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; and for that reason the holy Child shall be called the Son of God.” Luke 1:35 NASB
Luke described two ways that the Holy Spirit would change Mary’s life. First, the angel told her that “the Holy Spirit will come upon you.” She would experience the presence of the Spirit in new ways.
Second, “the power of the Most High will overshadow you.” The Greek word here literally means to throw a shadow. To be enveloped as by a cloud. This was the same word that Luke used when describing the experience Jesus had during the transfiguration, when “a cloud formed and began to overshadow them.”
These examples help us see how the Spirit envelopes our lives, overtaking us in ways so overwhelming that we are capable of doing extraordinary things. These changes can take place at any time, in any place. As happened to Mary, we suddenly can be overwhelmed by His presence. Caught up into a spiritual dimension, empowered, changed.
The human mind can find it difficult to comprehend the dimension of the Spirit. But everything changes for those who understand the realm of the Spirit. Who realize that the Spirit operates in a different dimension. How He can change circumstances and enable “normal” people to do extraordinary things.
As a result of this kind of transformation, God’s Spirit can give us insights that are not our own. We can be inspired or supernaturally receive revelations about our own lives, or world conditions. At times like this, others may be tempted to think that we are special. But the fact is that we simply are vessels of His Spirit.
Ask God to help you be sensitive to the work of the Spirit in your life. Be ready for His transforming power anytime, day or night. And remember that through Him, there are no limits.