A friend of ours—someone who followed Bethel closely online—lived in the sprawling Atlanta area. Because of the growing city, the morning traffic was so heavy that he took a carpool to get to work. Even with the ridesharing, though, the commute was long, forcing them to maneuver through rush hour each morning. On one particular journey, he looked over and realized that his friend who was riding in the front seat hadn’t said anything in a long time. Thinking that maybe he was simply sleeping, he reached up to touch his shoulder to wake him up. Instead, the man’s body slumped unnaturally to the side. He had died at some point on their ride to work.
Shocked, the driver of the car crossed over the busy lanes of traffic so that they could stop the car on the shoulder of the freeway. They pulled the man’s body out of the car, but no one knew what to do! Frantic, some of the men in the group tried pouring water on him in an attempt to revive him, but nothing worked.
Our friend was the only believer in the car, and he suddenly thought, “This guy died on my shift. I’m going to do what I’ve seen Bethel do.” So, standing over the body, he prayed the prayers he thought Bethel would pray. Summoning all that he had learned, he did all of the things he thought Bethel would do in that situation. But nothing happened. The man was dead.
Grief then filled his heart. Instead of thinking about Bethel, he looked at the man’s body lying on the side of the freeway and thought, “Wait a minute, this is my friend.” He was moved with compassion, so he laid his hands on the man’s body and commanded life to return. Immediately, the man was raised from the dead!
You don’t get far in the supernatural by mimicking someone else. But you go a long way by allowing yourself to be moved by the compassion of God, listening for what He is saying, and releasing the decrees that He is making onto the earth.