The Lord asked me to do something disgusting. For several
months, I was continually nudged by the Spirit to physically kneel in a posture
of worship in public places. To be honest, I tried my best to do these
prophetic acts out of sight of any onlooker that might pass by. I felt strange
and uncomfortable in my obedience.
During this time, I was shopping in a big-box store and used
the restroom. While washing my hands, the Lord told me to enter one of the
toilet stalls. He said, “Kneel here.” I felt like rebuking the words I was
hearing hoping it was not the Lord, but I knew better than to question what I
knew to be His voice. A public toilet stall is a filthy place for many reasons,
not just for the normal bodily functions that take place within the enclosure, but also for the human perversion that
occasionally visits these public places.
As I knelt on the floor, the Lord said, “Worship me and
call for my presence to be released in this place.” I began to worship the Lord
and asked for that public restroom to become a place of His presence. I was
very uncomfortable. I was afraid someone would enter the restroom and see me on
my knees and wonder what was going on. I was worried about soiling my
clothing. I had so many concerns, none
of which concerned Heaven.
Months after that event, the Lord began to unpack for me the
reason why He asked me to comply with such an unusual request.
Many times the Church rebukes the darkness and filth of a
culture from a distance. We have learned how to stand outside the doorway to a
dark place and speak against the sin within. We have learned how to do this in so
many creative ways that our actions can look religious and appear righteous,
but have no real impact. The Lord is giving His Church new assignments to enter
the darkest and dirtiest places of culture to establish a positive spiritual
stronghold of worship. These dark and filth-ridden places are where people the Lord
dearly loves, frequent. If we have been obedient,
on their next visit they will walk into a place that has been prepared for
their arrival because it has been bathed in worship.