Our new friend Alia was full of questions: How do you hear God? What’s a word of knowledge? How does God speak to you?
My teammate Kate and I had set out on an adventure with Alia, believing God had us on a mission to help someone in the city experience His love in a tangible way. It was about ten o’clock, and the city was just beginning to come alive. Over burgers, Kate and I did our best to answer Alia’s questions.
The restaurant was hectic, and our server was obviously stressed. When things finally slowed down, Kate wanted to give Alia a chance to practice hearing God’s voice.
Kate asked our server if she had back pain. She said yes, and after we prayed for her, her back pain vanished! Then Alia nervously began to speak to the woman. At first she stuttered a bit, but soon her words started flowing as if they were coming directly from the heart of God. Visibly touched by what Alia was saying, our server began to cry. We stared, amazed at what we were watching.
Just moments before, Alia had questioned how to hear God, and now here she was powerfully speaking God’s words of love and affirmation to our precious waitress!
After our server had left, I asked, “What happened?” Ecstatically, Alia exclaimed, “All of a sudden I saw her the way God sees her, and I knew exactly what to say!” Her confidence skyrocketed as she realized she could hear God’s voice. She took a leap of faith, heard God’s voice and helped our waitress encounter the love of God. She couldn’t wait to do it again.