By Jennifer Farris
A few years ago, my friends and I were hungry for the Word. We had gone through the SOAR study, a bible study written by Amy Groeschel and Sheri Yates, and we wanted more! SOAR had equipped us with tools to study the Bible and we just took off. We started in John and then set off to conquer Hebrews, of all things.
It was Hebrews 6:1-2 that changed the game for us:
Therefore let us leave the elementary doctrine of Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, and of instruction about washings, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment.
Whoa… back up. This entire list, including the laying of hands on others, are all elementary doctrines. What? Yes. Laying our hands on people for commissioning or healing is milk. Baby food.
After that, something clicked. We got radical! We thought if this is something we should already be doing, then we better get busy! We prayed and laid hands on anyone who would let us. We saw headaches stop hurting. Fevers went away. Infections were no match for the power of Jesus. There were a few accidents where we thought we would need stitches, but we prayed instead. The bleeding stopped, and the skin grew back together! Two people we prayed for had been diagnosed with cancer only to go back to the doctor to find nothing. They were healed! By the power of God, we saw more miracles and healings that year than I had seen in my entire life. It was an amazing ride.
Life happened. We had babies. We got busy. We tried to get back together, but it was inconsistent. And then, for really no reason at all, we stopped meeting.
Sadly, once we stopped meeting consistently, my praying for others stopped as well. I stopped getting calls to pray for healing for others. I grew complacent. I got selfish. I lost my passion.
Proverbs 27:17 says “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.”
After months of being sharpened by the Word, I realized that I was not sharp anymore. I was dull. Reading the Bible on my own was just not cutting it (pun intended). I needed accountability. I needed fellowship. I needed to be sharpened.
Pastor Craig has said before…”To get what you once had, you have to do what you once did.”
So I made a commitment to do it again. I started over. Started another SOAR group. I got tired of complacency. I want to live sharp and full of the Holy Spirit! I want to live in His blessing!
God says in Matthew 18:19-20, Again I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.
Notice that verse 19 says two. It just takes two to agree for anything we ask, and it will be done. What would happen if you grabbed a friend,dug into the Word, and started praying together? Asking God for big things? What would happen? Miracles would happen, that’s what. And verse 20 is a promise from Jesus Himself: when we gather in His name, He is there!
So it’s time to say, “So long, dull life!” Join us in a quest for more of God! Join a LifeGroup. Start a SOAR study. Just do something. It’s never too late to start!
Here’s the link to the SOAR bible study to get you started: SOAR with God