Gathered In My Name
“Gathered in My Name”
Good morning, Lord Jesus. Help me start this day and every day embraced by my Father, centered in Christ, and filled with Your Holy Spirit. …”For where two or three are gathered in My name, I am there among them” (Matthew 18:20).
These days, most of my days are spent in two hour, inner healing, prayer ministry sessions. Two or three of us gather together in the authority Your name and by the power of Your Spirit to come alongside one of Your children who is bound or broken, wounded or afraid, shutdown or ashamed and help them release to You everything in them that’s holding them back from being all You created them to be. We help facilitate an encounter with You so they can let go of the past and “press on toward the goal for the prize of the heavenly call of God in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:13-14).
You’re always there in the midst of us. You’re always healing what was broken, restoring what was stolen, affirming their identity and awakening their destiny, all in the intimacy of Your Presence. We’re really there just to help that hurting one embrace their Healer, take hold of their Deliverer, and arise into newness of life to advance into the fullness of their inheritance in Christ.
It can be exhausting, but it’s always exhilarating. It never gets old to see You heal the brokenhearted and set the captives free, to see You bring beauty from ashes and give Your wounded and weary children the garments of praise instead of the spirit of heaviness, so that they may be established in Your love as oaks of righteousness (Isaiah 61:1-4, fulfilled in Luke 4:18-19).
We’d never see a healing, never experience a deliverance, never see the diamond of the hidden treasure of someone heart burst forth in the light of Your glory if You weren’t there. Apart from You, we can do nothing (John 15:5). But we are never apart from You; You are with us always (Matthew 28:20). You’re always speaking, always inviting us to hear Your voice and follow the leading of Your Spirit (John 10:3). And wherever two or three are gathered together in intimacy and power of Your name, there is Love, for You are there in the midst of us. by Tommy Hays, Pastoral Director