Some stories just have to be told. I heard two last night that are MUST repeats. I was at the House of Prayer in downtown Santa Barbara. After the worship ended, a Mexican woman came up and took the mike. In a thick accent she told the story behind the story of the building in which we had gathered.
She said that ten years ago her daughter worked at the movie theater a few doors down from where we were sitting. She would drop her daughter off and pick her up from work and was grieved by the nightclub nearby. It was not just one with loud music and alcohol but pole dancers as well. She told how she went into the club and anointed it with oil and prayed for God to cause it to shut down. Here we were, ten years later, worshipping in the very spot she had prayed over. It reminded me of when Jesus commanded the fig tree to wither up and die, and it did. This woman understood her authority in Christ and wasn’t afraid to use it. That nightclub was just one of many she has prayed over and seen close its doors. It took a decade for her to see the fruit of her prayers but the fruit is amazing and healthy. What an encouragement she is to the Body of Christ!
After she spoke, one of the people who started the House of Prayer told another story. Around six years after the woman had started praying over the nightclub, a Godly man was led to go into that same place. He walked in and the Lord gave him a prophetic word for one of the young women dancing on the stage. He pointed at her, so she came to him. Basically, he told her that the next time she danced in that place it would be unto the the Lord. He had more to say to her and before the night was over she gave her life to the Lord and quit her job. Four years late.r a friend took her back to that very spot on a Friday night. She stood stunned and in awe as she watched people dancing and worshipping the Lord in the very place she once worked. After she recovered from the shock, she danced in worship to the God who had set her free just as the man had spoken.
So there it is. Two stories of two regular people who simply obeyed what God was telling them and the faithfulness of God to perform His word.