Normally we end NEON, our weekly youth service, around 5:30pm on a Saturday but after the lights went on I noticed that the clock read 6:30pm. Our extended NEON was due to a move of the Holy Spirit among our young people that day. We started a new series entitled, Way Home, based on the parable of the prodigal son and after sharing the message and praying for them afterwards I felt moved to continue ministering to them. So I gathered the rest of the campus missionaries in front and asked if anyone wanted to be prayed for and receive from the Father’s heart they may come forward.
After about 3 minutes no one came forward, which was kind of awkward, so I told Joash, Dave, and Chel to just approach those you feel led to and go ahead and pray for them or prophesy. So while the worship team was singing in the background we went around praying and prophesying on the youth. Soon afterwards some of our youth leaders started approaching others in the room to pray for them. It was just a powerful time of receiving the Father’s love and being strengthened and encouraged. A high school student from Ateneo commented on Facebook, “Such a powerful youth service today. I literally cannot express how much I was affected by today.”
I believe there were times when I missed the nudging of the Holy Spirit to minister to a person or to a group of people but I’m glad I was more sensitive this time around. I believe it’s possible to get caught up in the routine when it comes to ministry and end up becoming mechanical. I believe it’s also possible to get caught up in the “spiritual encounter” or hold on to the experience and not moving beyond that. We need both the power and the form. I believe that by finding the balance between power and form will yield unimaginable results in ministry.
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