The Holy Spirit Sometimes Provides Us with Specific Instructions

In Acts 8:29 we read, “The Spirit told Philip, ‘Go to that chariot and stay near it.’” And Philip led this Ethiopian official to the Lord. The Holy Spirit gave special instructions to Ananias in Acts 9:10-16 when he told him to go pray for Saul. We find another example in Acts 10:19-20, “While Peter was still thinking about the vision, the Spirit said to him, ‘Simon, three men are looking for you. So get up and go downstairs. Do not hesitate to go with them, for I have sent them.’”

Some years ago, my wife and I were leading a small group in our home. The group had been meeting for about a year. Randy and Debbie were part of our small group. They had been married about seven years at the time and were unable to have children. From time to time throughout that year we had prayed for them that they might have a child, but as of yet they had not.

One evening as we launched into a study of Luke’s Gospel, I was reading the passage in Luke 1:5-25 regarding God’s provision of a son to Zechariah and Elizabeth in their old age. All their married life Zechariah and Elizabeth had been unable to have children. As I read this story out loud, the Holy Spirit clearly spoke to me saying, “I want to do this for Randy and Debbie as well.” I sensed the Holy Spirit’s leading so clearly that I stopped and related to the group what I was hearing. To everyone’s amazement, we were all thinking the same thing!

So we stopped and prayed again for Randy and Debbie, but this time we had a clear sense from God that his timing was right and he wanted to glorify himself through answering prayer prompted by his Word and his Spirit. Two weeks later Debbie announced she was pregnant! There was no doubt in any of our minds that this child was a gift from God in answer to our prayers that night. Randy and Debbie now have two lovely daughters.

© Rob Fischer 2008


1 Ruben { 06.24.11 at 5:26 am }

Greetings Sir,
This post reminds me of the many times that the Lord has spoken to me directly and specifically either through something I read, other people or activity going on around me. It’s a blessing to read a testimony such as this as it brings Jesus alive all the more. I’m sure this obvious miracle from the Lord has brought you and your group closer to Jesus. Stay strong my brother and keep encouraging our brothers and sisters-in-Christ!

2 Rob { 06.24.11 at 1:20 pm }

Thank you Ruben! Keep following Jesus! — Rob