The Power of a Kingdom Woman’s Faith
by Dr. Tony Evans
A few years ago an interesting event occurred in South Carolina. I was scheduled to speak at a crusade at William-Brice Stadium, which is the football stadium of the University of South Carolina. The weather report had predicted rain. In fact, it had said there would be a storm.
More than 25,000 people had already gathered in the stadium and were waiting for the crusade to begin, when we saw the storm clouds forming. So we, the leaders and organizers of the crusade, wanted to pray that God would hold back the rain.
We went downstairs into a small room, gathered together, and began to pray. Of course, we prayed things like, “Dear God, please hold back the rain” and “If it’s Your will, God, could You hold back that rain?”
Whatever the case, Linda stood up and asked, “Do you mind if I pray?”
What else could we say but “Go ahead”?
Linda prayed, “Lord, Your name is at stake. We told these people that if they would come out tonight they would hear a word from God. We told them they would hear from You. Now, if they come and You let it rain, and You don’t control the weather, then You will look bad. We told them that You wanted to say something to them, and if You don’t keep back what You can control—the weather—someone could say Your name is no good.”
And then she threw in a line that caused us all to look at each other out of the corners of our eyes. “Therefore right now I ask in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ for the rain to stop for the sake of Your Name!”
With that, we opened our eyes. Eyebrows went up. All we could say and think was “Whoa. Did she really just pray that?”
Following the prayers, we all went up and sat on the platform. The sky had now become entirely black behind us. A guy who had been assigned to communicate directly with the weather bureau said, “The showers are coming. They are heavy thunderstorms, and they are coming right at us.”
It is now 7:00 pm and the music is beginning. It is time to start the crusade when massive thunder and lightning surrounded us. People began to stir in their seats. Some even started to get up and open their umbrellas.
Linda was on the stage with the rest of us. A quiet look of expectation covered her face.
Then something happened that I have only seen once in my entire life. The rain rushed toward the stadium like a wall of water. Yet, when it hit the stadium, it split. Half of the rain went on one side of the stadium. The other half went on the other side. Then it literally met on the other side of the stadium. All the while, Linda sat there with a confident look on her face. The rest of us, the preachers and leaders, just looked at each other. Then we looked at Linda. Linda looked straight ahead.
Now, this is not a story that someone told me. I was there. In fact, my family was there with me. Not only that, but 25,000 people were there with me too. And all of us saw a miracle that night right in front of our eyes.
I believe that God paid special attention to Linda’s prayer, because she had great faith. She understood that His name represented His character and that God is passionate for His own reputation. Her petite frame held power, simply because she was intimately connected with and invested in God’s name.