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Let me give you an example from my own prayer life of how the Holy Spirit operates. During the month of June before the Gulf War began, I began to pray for someone named Guy Hunter.

I had no idea who Guy Hunter was. I found out later that he was a Marine. He would also be the pilot of the first plane shot down in the Gulf War. But I didn't know that at the time. The Holy Spirit just gave me this unknown man's name and impressed me to pray for him.

The Holy Spirit will do that for you. He'll give you names of people you don't know. Now, you don't start off with experiences in prayer like that because if you did, your head would go "Tilt."

You wouldn't know what to do with that kind of supernatural information. But once you're more familiar with how the Holy Spirit operates, you'll begin to receive names of different people, places, and situations that your mind knows nothing about. That's when prayer becomes a marvelous adventure!

So I began to make mention of this man in my prayers. I never prayed long prayers over him. I never got on my knees to pray for him. But for three months, I'd lift him up in prayer as I walked through my day.

Then one morning I was listening to the news about the war and heard that the first pilot from America had been shot down. That night they released his name - Guy Hunter!

When I heard that name, I shouted praises to the Lord because I knew Guy would be fine. I knew he was in the hands of God and that God would protect him and bring him home safely. I was so happy in my heart.

Well, that's exactly what happened. Guy was released from captivity, and he did come home.

About four years later, someone sent me a newspaper article about Guy Hunter because she had heard my testimony about praying for him. This article revealed the miraculous provision of God, who does superabundantly above all we could ever ask or think (Eph. 3:20).

The article was entitled "Retired Marine Recovers Wallet." In the article, Guy Hunter related that when he was shot down and the enemy was approaching him to take him captive, he buried his wallet in the sand because he didn't want them to find out his family's name or any other information about them.

Four years later, someone found Guy's wallet in the desert and sent it to him, perfectly intact! All the money and family photos were still there. Everything was just as it was when he buried the wallet four years earlier.

That's just one of hundreds of miracles that have occurred since I began to walk with God and stay continually aware of the Holy Spirit's leading in prayer. And I'm no special case. The truth is, miracles happen all the time when believers learn to walk in God's presence on a daily basis.

Source: Renewed in His Presence by Lynne Hammond.
Excerpt permission granted by Harrison House Publishers

Author Biography

Lynne Hammond
Web site: Lynne Hammond Ministries
 
Lynne and her husband, Mac, pastor Living Word Christian Center, a large and growing church in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The desire of Lynne’s heart is to impart principles of corporate and Spirit-led prayer to the Church throughout the world. Under her leadership, the prayer ministry at Living Word has become an internationally recognized model for developing effective pray-ers in the local church. Each week at Living Word, 80 prayer groups led by 85 prayer leaders assemble for the purpose of following the direction of the Holy Spirit in prayer. Last year, more than 10,000 people participated in Chapel Prayer, which meets every morning at Living Word. Approximately 13,000 Internet subscribers through the Global Prayer Alert Network, receive daily prayer summaries from these meetings.
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