- Understanding how compassion can unlock the power of a service of worship.
Jesus went ashore and saw a great assembly. And He was moved with compassion toward them, and He healed their sick (Matthew 14:14, MEV).
COMPASSION IS A special force that should never be minimized to a human feeling or emotion. Compassion was the centerpiece to the miraculous ministry of Jesus Christ. It is also the key to our seeing miracles, signs, and wonders released in our lives and the lives of others.
Have you ever looked through the Gospels at the various mentions of the miracles Jesus worked in people’s lives. The word compassion usually shows up in some form during His interactions with the multitudes.
Compassion is a heart motivation set toward an intense desire to see someone moved from a poor state of being to a significantly better state—mind, body, and spirit. You won’t find this definition in Webster’s, so don’t look. This kind of supernatural compassion is a spirit-enabled, spirit-implanted state of heart that can only be worked into someone’s being by the power of God.
As worshippers, we have declared and cried out in prayer our desire to see miracles, signs, and wonders released in our midst. But we will not see this prayer answered without first having a heart that overwhelmingly cares for the people we hope to impact with these things.
Jesus was moved with compassion when He saw the crowds, because they were “harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd” (Matt. 9:36, NIV). Jesus cared deeply for their plight. And He has shown us that we will not be able to harness a cure for the people we come in contact with, except from a place not of this world. A heart moved by compassion will grant us access to the supernatural power of God so that we can bring healing and deliverance to them, set them in their right minds, feed them, and start them on their way—just like He did.
Listen, the multitudes weren’t filled with perfect Christ-followers who walked in perfect unison and agreement. They weren’t all “saved.” Some were hateful or hypocritical. Some were bigots. Some complained about everything. Some wanted them to shut up! Others could have been cheaters or killers. They were riffraff, like us and our neighbors, schoolmates, and coworkers. Who knows what else made up their diverse demographics? But Jesus had mercy upon them all and healed all their sick.
Many times we lack the compassion of God because we lose sight of who the real enemy is. It’s not people. No matter what it looks like with our natural eyes, people (groups of them or just one) are not our enemies. The Bible says we do not fight against flesh and blood, but against unseen rulers and powers of darkness (Eph. 6:12).
If we don’t get heaven’s perspective on this, we will fast and pray with the right endgame but the wrong heart and see no results. No miracles. No signs. No wonders.
We must have compassion for the people who live in the places we pray so desperately for. We can’t just blindly pray for a revival or a move of God without a heart for the people who would be caught up in it. People—good, bad, and ugly—are in desperate need for a divine encounter with the mercy, compassion, and kindness of God and we are commissioned to bring all of it to them.
Like Jesus, the Pharisees also prayed and fasted regularly, yet they showed no signs of having been with the Father. They did not walk in the miraculous. They did not have compassion on the people.
But, like I tell my children, this does not have to be our story. God will give us a heart of compassion, and we will see miracles, signs, and wonders released. Released! RELEASED!
I truly believe that a heart of compassion for the people who come will transform the atmosphere during our worship sets. May we be knocked off our feet by what He does.
God, move my heart with compassion! Let me truly take on Your heart. Let me be moved by other people’s pain so much that I am compelled to do something about their situation. Let me not be psyched out by their pseudo confidence, their unrequited anger, their aloofness, or just simply their difference from me. Let me not allow what I see of their needs in the natural to overwhelm me or keep me from accessing heaven’s storehouse on their behalf. Let those I touch be made WHOLE. Help me to feel humanity the way You do. I seek Your heart, O God. I desire that You may be revealed through me as You revealed Yourself through Your Son, Jesus. Amen.
Jevon Bolden is a mom, full-time book editor, and worship leader with her husband, Will Bolden, at Glad Tidings Church in Orlando, FL. She loves God’s Word and finds joy when people are brought to new life in God’s presence. Connect with Jevon on Twitter, Instagram, and jevonbolden.com.