I love reading the nineteenth chapter of Acts. Each time that I read it, I see things that somehow or another suddenly appear in this chapter that I’ve never noticed before. I know what is happening. As I read it over and over again, the Holy Spirit turns the black ink into red ink. I love when this happens.
Recently, I was reading this chapter again and I had trouble reading past verse 6. Let me share the verse with you:
“Paul put his hands on their heads and the Holy Spirit entered them.From that moment on, they were praising God in tonguesand talking about God’s actions.”Acts 19:6 (The Message Bible)
Here is what the Holy Spirit told me in this verse. When Paul laid his hands upon the Ephesians, he got what he expected. I know that this truth is so, so simple. But evidently, it must be too simple … simple enough that many have overlooked it.
Consider this. When you lay hands upon the children in your ministry, what do you expect? If the truth be known, many would be shocked if anything happened. The shock would cause them to pass out and their co-workers would have to do mouth-to-mouth resuscitation to revive them. To watch and listen to some leaders and workers pray, you can tell that the expectation level is mighty low.
That wasn’t the case with Paul. In fact, just a couple of verses later it states that Paul was speaking boldly. His ministry in Ephesus was marked with boldness and confidence.
Let me challenge you. Lay hands upon the children and pray with authority, expecting God to supernaturally, instantaneously enter into the children and deliver what He has promised. Pray with confidence. Don’t be timid. Your reputation isn’t on the line. Move your expectation meter up to the highest level and get ready. Testimonies will soon follow!