I am in a situation that is rare for me. After much prayer I knew a statement had to be made. Most of all, I am making it because it seemed good to the Holy Spirit. This is a special prayer alert to all of our family, friends and partners. Here’s what happened:
After standing for 4 crusade services back to back—some lasting 3 hours—I felt a strange, and growing tinge of pain in my left leg. After a long flight home it became excruciating. It centralized around the hip.
My doctor says it is most likely a stress fracture. That would mean 4-6 weeks of being flat on my back, followed by physical therapy. However, part of the problem still remains a mystery.
I told you this is rare because, in 50 years of preaching, I have been blessed with unusual strength in the most strenuous of schedules. I have flown 6 million miles on American Airlines—not including many other airlines.
This is when the devil tries to play with your mind. I have already missed two precious events—events that meant a lot to me and our mission. I was to be at Bethel Church in Redding and then at TBN.
Now let me make my strong confession to this crisis, I confess:
There is no version of this where the enemy wins. I am standing in the confidence that the same power that is so richly present in our meetings will now overshadow me through your prayers.
I will either spend the time learning new lessons, writing, and getting closer to my beloved Jesus. Or, I will rise and walk Jesus’ name. In either case, the devil loses big time. I have peace that I came by this condition honestly— stomping on the devil’s head.
Your prayers mean everything to me just now. I want to go so far as to ask you to pray for these specific things:
Prayer for Mechelle: Most of all, I must ask special prayer for my wife who is caring for me during this ordeal. She is working so hard to manage so many things. Please pray for strength and for protection of her health.
Healing: Not so much because I want to be out of pain but because I need to get back to the work of the Lord.
Protection of our momentum: We are on the cusp of winning untold numbers of young at risk souls. Beginning in Las Vegas, we believe, we will see a harvest not seen since the Jesus Movement of the 1970’s. Oh how the devil hates that!
Pray for my staff. They are swamped by the dizzying changes and all of the potential chaos that can come in these situations.
Finally, missing events costs us vital support but we have always trusted God as our source. I am most concerned for those around me because I know the warfare this incident has unleashed. My confession is that combined with your prayers, we will have everything we need and the work will be even stronger than ever.
Please leave word that you are praying. Your note will strengthen my wife, family and staff.
I close with these words from Paul: “But I want you to know, brethren, that the things which happened to me have actually turned out for the furtherance of the gospel…Philippians 1:12