Chased Down - Gregg Stewart
A few weeks ago, as part of CSM, myself, Adam & Ruth were knocking on doors in Creggan asking if people would like prayer. Over the course of about 90 minutes we had the opportunity to pray with lots of different people dealing with a variety of different issues – long-term sickness, mental health challenges, suicide, bereavement, poverty, infertility, and other life changing circumstances.
However there was one specific encounter that stood out from the rest that I want to share with you…
We knocked on one door and a very friendly man in his late thirties opened the door. We explained that we were from Cornerstone and were out knocking on doors to see if anyone needed prayer for anything. He politely declined, and said that while his life was far from perfect he didn’t need any prayer today.
We continued along, knocking on doors further up the street but as we got to about 6 or 7 houses further along the street I noticed the same guy come out of his house, get into his car and drive up past us. We finished the houses to the top of that street and then began to work along the next street.
Over the next 10 to 15 minutes as we moved from house to house we became aware that that same guy was driving around in his car up and down the streets past us. While we didn’t give it too much thought or attention I think in the back of our minds all of us did maybe wonder what he was up to… Was it just a simple coincidence or was something else a little more serious going on?
Then a few houses later, as we closed their garden gate, the same car swerved across the road stopping just short of the footpath where we were standing. He rolled down the window with tears in his eyes telling us that he really needed us to pray for him. He explained that a few weeks ago he got some news that turned his world upside down, and while he deeply desired restoration in the situation he was really struggling with it all. He said he really needed our prayers to help him restore the situation.
His desperation, and the lengths he went to as he chased us down for prayer blew us all away.
What could have been perceived as hostility and intimidation was actually an invitation to bring hope in the midst of deep desperation.
And the Lord said to Paul one night in a vision, “Do not be afraid, but go on speaking and do not be silent, for I am with you, and no one will attack you to harm you, for I have many in this city who are my people.”
When Paul was in Corinth he felt frustrated by the opposition of the people, however the Lord spoke to him, prophetically, and told him to persevere, as there were many people who were waiting to hear this message of hope.
We often think of Derry as hard ground but the Lord is telling us that there are many in this city who are desperately waiting to hear the Good news of Jesus, and might even chase you down to hear it!