We were singing “Surrender” and the Holy Spirit began to fall. One man came up to read a Scripture out of Hebrews and told the men hell was a place they didn’t want to be. If we all thought heaven was going to be great (after we sang “I Can Only Imagine” ) think of all those amongst us who would not experience such an awesomely wonderful place.
Everyone was quiet. No music. No talking. Only prayers and praises to God were being quietly uttered.
He asked for those who needed to surrender their lives and problems to God to come forward during the 3rd singing of the song “Surrender”. No one came.
Another time and they stopped. I felt impressed by the Lord that there were still those who needed prayer. “We are not finished”, I stated. “God wants to set people free, deliver
some of you, and you are just sitting there.”
Suddenly a man came running to the front, hands raised, tears steaming and shouting “I’ll do it! I’ll do it!”. Be fore we knew it, there were six men giving their lives to the Lord, others being set free in the congregation as others joined around them to pray.
The around 100 men were humbled in His presence. They knew what and who we were feeling and experiencing. They knew what has happening.
Prayer continued for about 30 minutes. People getting set free from the burdens of a root of bitterness and other addictions all over the place. Men, who are murders, rapists, sex offenders all were being suddenly set free!
When it was over, I was just talking with the men about what had happened. One man came up and asked to talk.
He took the microphone and began to weep. He told his story of just arriving in the facility that morning. He had not been going to church in other units.
He said he didn’t know what was happening here, but he was sure going to return. He said God has lifted burdens off him he had carried for years. He wept openly in front of those men.
When a hardened criminal openly weeps, you know it’s the Holy Spirit and not a ‘jail house conversion’. It’s for real.
He continued and had us pray for him. The man was still weeping as he tried to take his seat.
The Holy Spirit was so strong in that prison, you could hardly stand. There was no joking, no yelling, no disturbances in the place. When it seemed to stop, I read Deuteronomy 29:10Deuteronomy 29:10
English: King James Version (1611) - KJV
10 Ye stand this day all of you before the LORD your God; your captains of your tribes, your elders, and your officers, with all the men of Israel,
WP-Bible plugin “You stand this day all of you before the Lord your God;”
I wanted them to know, regardless of their promise to God, they had been in His presence and He knew what they had promised. God knows our hearts and whether we’re being sincere and honest with Him or not.
We dismissed and what a powerful dismissal prayer we had. All the men again weeping, holding shoulders, showing love for each other, praying for those on each side of them. What an awesome time.
Afterward, a man came up and told me he was going to commit suicide last night. Since being in this service, he knew God had set him free from that satanic spirit! Praise the Lord! He has been locked since he was 19 years old and is now 26. He will be released in 2 years for sexual assault charges. He was praising God!
People ask why I go to prisons. People there is a real move of the Holy Spirit amongst us. The prisons are ripe harvest fields and someone must bring in the harvest for the Kingdom of God.
I ran into a guard in the park as I was preparing for the evenings service. He was amazed I was never afraid inside those hard cold walls. He said he had been in fights with prisoners, been kicked in the face, and even kicked some of those he was to protect to defend himself against attacks.
He said I must be crazy to go in there and not be afraid. I told him if the Holy Spirit sends you somewhere, He will protect you. I got to witness to him and his little girl who was about 9yrs old. She had just caught about a 10 lb catfish. She was so excited.
I was reminded of the Gait
her Vocal Band’s song ‘I catch ’em You clean ’em!) What a true song for ministers.
God bless and have a blessed as you work for Him.