WHEN THEY ARE PRAYED FOR ?
by Rich Murphy
Sometimes, during prayer for people at the altar, they will fall down. Many charismatics refer to this as ďbeing slain in the Spirit.Ē However, I donít like that term. Ananias and Sapphira were ďslain in (or by) the Spirit in Acts chapter 5. They didnít get back up though, and the young men carried them out and buried them. Letís just say that these people ďfell outĒ in the power of the Spirit.
So, back to our original question, why does it happen? The Bible doesnít exactly talk about this particular manifestation of the Spirit, so we canít quote chapter and verse about it. That doesnít mean itís wrong though, because Jesus said weíd do thing that He hadnít (John 14:12). However, we can look at the experiences of people who have fallen down, and derive some conclusions from it.
Many who have fallen under the power of God have said it felt like a ďgiant pillowĒ was pushing them back. They didnít fall, the power of God pushed them. So, the first sign of a real manifestation would be that the person didnít fall on their own.
When God knocks someone down, something else should happen. There should be some change in them when they get back up. It doesnít have to be a major change, it could be just a refreshing, or a peace that they didnít have before, but there should be a change. As far as I know, God doesnít put people on the floor just for the fun of it, He does it to minister to them. The second sign should be that there has been change.
Does God have to knock people down in order to minister to them? No, He doesnít. He can do the work any way He wants to. I look at it like surgery. If youíre a doctor, you donít have someone stand up on the operating table, you lay them down, and put them out. That way, the patient isnít getting in the way of the doctorís work.
God is the great physician. His greatest feats of surgery happen in our hearts. Yes, physical healings are great, but they arenít the greatest. I get more excited about a changed heart, where bitterness, or strife, or hurts are removed than I do about a physical healing. Why? Because itís a greater work. Doctors can perform great physical healings. But only God can perform a healing on a heart.
God doesnít necessarily put you out when He puts you down. Quite often, someone on the floor will be totally coherent, hearing everything thatís going on around them.
Do people fake it? Yes, unfortunately they do. Either because they think it is expected of them, or because they think people will see them as less spiritual if they donít, or because they want to make the minister feel good. But, for whatever reason, faking it is still wrong.
Donít try and figure out whoís faking it, and whoís not. Jesus admonished us to not judge others (Matt 7:1-2). Besides, there isnít any real way of telling whoís real and whoís the fake.
The amount of time someone spends on the floor isnít any indication of whether the manifestation was real, or faked. Sometimes, God will have a person on the floor for hours, ministering to them. Others will only be down for a minute, needing only a touch from God. Is one real, and the other false? No. God is just ministering to each in their own need.
Do ministers fake it? Yes, even more unfortunately they do too. In Acts chapter 8, a magician or sorcerer named Simon offered money to Peter so that he could have the power to do this (Acts 8:18-19).
Obviously he was wrong, and Peter rebuked him sternly (Acts 20-23). Simon didnít want to develop the personal relationship with God that would allow him to have this gift freely, he just wanted to pay for it, so that people would be impressed by him. Wrong motivation, wrong actions, wrong attitude.
We still have ministers today who are trying to receive, or mimic this power without developing the relationship with God that brings it. They will push people down, use great theatrics, or verbally browbeat them about how theyíre blocking God until they fall down. Why? So that they will look good. Is it right? No! But unfortunately, itís happening, and it reflects poorly upon the name of our Lord.
Realize this, any time God has a real manifestation of His power in progress, others will imitate it in the flesh. Satan will also try and imitate it. We must have Spiritual discernment in order to accept the real move, and shun the false.
Letís not ignore the real move of God because of the imitators. If God wants to move in a particular way, letís let Him. Let the decision be His as to how He will work in you. If that means Heís going to put you down on the floor, then let Him. But, if He doesnít put you down, donít fake it. Let God do the work however He desires.
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