We must be witnesses to the power of God! In Acts 1 Jesus said to His disciples, "After the Holy Spirit has come upon you, YOU will receive POWER and YOU will be MY WITNESSES." In law, a witness is someone who has seen or experienced an event personally; you can't be a witness if you haven't experienced the event in question. It is the same with God, you can only be a witness to the power of God if you have experienced His power personally. We need to become witnesses. Cry out to God, ask Him to reveal Himself to you. Once you have had this revelation of who Jesus is, then you can become His witness.
My heart's one desire is to see Jesus, to experience His Glory here on earth. All through my early days, before I became a pastor, an evangelist, all the time I was growing up, when I was in school, when I was in church, Psalm 63:1-2 was the most important verse in my whole life! I said what David said, "Oh God, You are my God, I will seek for You from the early part of my life, I will search You out, Oh God, wherever You are, in Heaven, on earth, I will search for You, Oh God! I want to know who You are, I want to find You!" I want to see God's Power and Glory, not just in the sanctuary, but in the battlefield of my life; I’m desperate for His presence in the midst of my tribulation: my sickness, my financial trouble, in my prison cell. My cry to the Lord is show me Your glory. I want to see His glory as never before! The God that I serve, the God we sing about and worship - that God - I want to KNOW Him, I want to find Him, I want to SEE Him! Not just to sing, not just to worship - I want to SEE His Face, I want to SEE His power, I want to SEE His Hands! That's been my vision, my dream for 70 years - and I want more! And more!
In the Lord's Prayer we are taught to say, 'Hallowed be Thy Name'. What does that mean? I have never understood until my time in prison for Bible smuggling. But it was as if the Lord said to me, "This is where you worship." But HOW could I in the circumstances I was in? I tried to 'praise' God through clenched teeth. Can you imagine?! I was in rebellion, there was no reality. HOW could I praise God in the depths of hell? Suddenly, as I began to say those words, 'Praise the Lord', it was if the roof of the prison opened. I could hear the angel choirs, I heard the music of Heaven, I sensed the glory of Heaven - something happened in that cell. The glory of God came down! It was as if I was transported into Heaven and the glory of God came on me. I leaped up off that stool and began to run around that cell, singing, shouting, "Then sings my soul, my Saviour God to Thee, HOW great Thou art!" The glory of God filled my soul. Never in a church or prayer meeting have I ever experienced the glory of God, the very presence and power of God - as I did in that hell on earth.
God is your Father! There was a time when I was in prison for Bible smuggling that I couldn't pray anymore. I cried out, "Oh God, if You don't hear me, I'd rather die, because life has no purpose, no meaning if You don't answer me." While I was still saying, "Oh God, I cannot pray anymore", I remembered the words in the Bible (I had no Bible in the prison - it was forbidden) when the disciples had asked Jesus how to pray, and He said, "When You pray say..." - and I began hesitantly to say those words, 'Our Father' - but as I did so, I began to argue, I cannot say 'our', that's plural - I'm alone in here, no family, no friends, no believers, how can I speak in the plural? I have to say MY Father. Suddenly I knew the reality of those words, He is mine - He is my Father!