I have an amazing group of guys in my high school small group and one of them is a total prayer warrior. He usually closes our group in prayer each week and he does a great job doing it. Tonight, he wasn’t feeling good but he still wanted to pray. Something I never thought would happen with him, happened tonight. While he was praying he said something funny. Not intentionally but it came out that way. Most of the other guys began to laugh and hard as I tried to be the grown up in the group and not laugh, I did.
I never would have seen this coming but it caused his whole prayer to be funny. But at the same time he was sincere and he hit each of the other guy’s prayer requests. He kept adding things that would make us all laugh. I kept reminding myself that God has a sense of humor and that sometimes it’s good to lighten up, but this was prayer time. Soon we all lost it, and everyone was in the midst of the laugh that you can’t stop no matter how hard you try.
That’s when it hit me…I had one guy tonight who was in a really bad mood, he was quiet most of the night and when it came to prayer requests he flat-out told us, “I’m in a bad mood tonight, I don’t have any requests, just go on to the next person.” I looked over at where he was sitting and he was laughing so hard he was almost doubled over. Here I was, thinking how bad this prayer time had been, but God knew one of those guys needed something to break his bad mood. He came up to me after prayer time and told me he had not laughed that hard in a long time and it felt good.
God will even use something that at first may seem totally disrespectful and just plain not right as an opportunity to break through to someone who needs His help. I saw it happen tonight.