Now other prayer cloth targets were formulating in my mind, like the gay night club and abortion clinic and every other place deception and darkness were attempting to overpower God’s presence and truth. This reminded me of our 1999 Rome mission (recounted in my recent book, Calling Forth the Bride - 2016) where we had our first experience dispatching prayer cloths. However, this present undertaking felt more like a “search and rescue” - which made sense given the “Lost and Found” title of my paint shirt blog.
And while the Rome exploits entailed only a few prayer cloths, I now had a pile of swatches with the potential to far exceed that epic overseas assignment. It just wasn’t sure if this idea was just my overactive imagination or a mandate from heaven.
That question was resolved at one of our church’s Small Group meetings attended largely by seasoned believers and founding members. One dear lady, who I will call Tracy, enlisted everyone to pray over a gift card intended for a contentious female co-worker. Traci’s colleague was a lesbian who she was determined to honor at a forthcoming special occasion whether or not anyone else on staff joined her. Traci hoped this prayer-cloth-like present would warm this woman’s stone-cold personality.
Tracy wondered if our group would think her request odd; but our leader was very accommodating although admitting he’d never done anything like it before. This was exactly the kind of prophetic act that got my spiritual adrenaline pumping… especially since God had highlighted the LGBT community to me as well. Traci’s gift inspired me to submit my dissected paint shirt for similar prayer cover at the next small group meeting.
When Traci shared how the lesbian associate (and her gay partner) were deeply affected by the card (they couldn't stop talking about her kindness), our group members were exhilarated to pray over my swatches and even take some home. There were so many synchronistic and prophetic confirmations that I knew without a doubt this was definitely a God idea. Especially when one lady, who knew nothing about my recent “paint shirt” blog (entitled “Lost and Found”) said she kept hearing the phrase “Lost and Found” as we prayed over the cloths.
The group leader recommended we ask God how to employ each fabric square and requested testimonies at our next meeting. Russ and I were expecting explosive results similar to those we observed with the Catholic Sex Scandal that followed our Rome incursion. Anything was possible with God… anything was possible when people exercised radical faith.
Before the week ended, Russ and I had “planted” over 30 cloths and had more targets on our radar. The divine appointments and open doors (literally) on my cycling route were mind blowing… but then I saw that our small group’s prayers took place on the third Tuesday of the third month; March 21 (7+7+7) - that’s three sevens. In my book I also talk about how these symbolic number patterns punctuate what God is saying and doing. And from what I could tell, He was getting ready to do something amazing in Fort Myers.
The first testimony we heard was from a guy scheduled to have an infected eye removed. He was completely healed and the dreaded surgery cancelled after receiving a prayer cloth. Right out of the gate we have Restored Vision… that will preach! What a good place to start.
Now God worked unusual miracles by the hands of Paul, so that even handkerchiefs or aprons were brought from his body to the sick, and the diseases left them and the evil spirits went out of them. (Acts 19:11-12)