A couple weeks ago I was out and about and stopped at Pizza Hut to get something to eat. I wanted to order a small pizza but my only options were a personal pan pizza or a medium. I always think I'm hungrier than I really am and ended up ordering two personal pan pizzas. I was on the phone with a friend and pulled over in a gas station parking lot to eat while chatting. I noticed a young man sitting next to the building, wildly banging drumsticks on the ground. It was late in the evening and my first thought was he must be homeless if he's out here like this at this time of night. I knew I was not going to eat that other pizza and would end up throwing it away. I decided if he was still there when I was ready to leave I was going to give it to him.
I pulled up a few feet away from the young man and tried to get his attention but he was very lost in his loud music and what he was doing. I held the pizza out the window and he came to speak to me. As he approached I noticed how young he was. He had a super hero type mask on that covered his eyes and the top of his head that he took off as he neared me. He thanked me for the pizza and told me he hadn't eaten in quite some time and asked me my name. We chatted for a few minutes and then I asked him if I could pray for him. He was so overjoyed that I had asked and quickly agreed. I was about to stop and pray with him right in that moment, however, my phone began to ring and something was telling me to leave even though I could sense no danger. I asked him his name and he told me his name was Allan but he preferred to be called Sir AJ. I told him I would pray for him and started to end the conversation when he said "you can pray for me now if you'd like". So I did just that.
I lifted him up to my Father in Heaven and asked him to surround him with a hedge of protection and to engulf him in His love, and to open his eyes from darkness to light according to Acts 26:18. I decreed and declared Zechariah 3:2 over him, the Lord rebuke you Satan and cancelled the assignment of the enemy off of his life. When we said Amen and I opened my eyes, I noticed he was crying. He told me that prayer had touched him.
I've since connected with him on Facebook and seen how he has touched so many lives. I did ask his permission to write about him in my blog and use this photo that was taken that very day I met him. His profile on Facebook says he is Autistic and in his bio it says "I'm not like other people, I'm different, not less". I've seen stories of him praying with the cops in his town and different people he meets along the way.
I grew up in a small hometown where there weren't many "different" people. It was very rare to see anyone who wasn't Caucasian, and I never witnessed a homeless person. When I moved closer to the Philadelphia area I seen a lot of less fortunate people on the streets and even though many are affected by drugs and addiction the truth is they are still humans that need love. Even more so, they all need the love of Jesus. There are many who are bound in chains of bondage by the enemy... we don't know their story. We don't know what they've been through. We don't know how they ended up where they are. But what I do know, is God created each and every one of us and we are to love everyone. You never know how one tiny act of kindness could forever change someone's day...maybe even their life!
Let us pray! Heavenly Father, I come before You and I thank You for this opportunity to pray for my neighbor. Lord I pray that you will surround every person reading this with your love. I pray that as you engulf them, they will feel the power and presence of You, of your Holy Spirit touching them. For those who don't know you personally, I decree and declare Acts 26:18 over them, Father open their eyes, touch them right where they are so they may come to see the light that is found only in You. Lord I give you all the glory and in your name I pray, Amen!
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May God bless you!
Holly W <3