There is another enormous blessing that comes from receiving the Holy Spirit, according to Father Ads. 1, 2 To explain, he recounts the following event.
Agnes Sanford, a gifted 20th century healer, wrote in her autobiography, Sealed Orders, 3 that she was exhausted with the demands of her healing ministry. While ministering in Tucson, Agnes visited Ads’ mother. Ads’ mother addressed Agnes’ exhaustion and told her, “I think you need the gift of the Holy Spirit for the added power it would give to you in your healing ministry.”
According to Father Ads, Agnes was “a bit put off by Pentecostal antics.” However, she agreed to the suggestion, and several people prayed for her to receive the Holy Spirit. Ads notes: “Agnes said in Sealed Orders that the gift of the Holy Spirit she received renewed her ability to continue her healing ministry.”
Francis MacNutt may well agree with this assessment. He and his wife Judith are also gifted contemporary healers. According to Father Ads, Francis “has emphasized the importance of receiving the gift of the Holy Spirit to maintain energy for an active healing ministry at both his healing center and in his book, Healing.” 4
It is the Holy Spirit who gives us the power to pray in a healing ministry.
In the section entitled “Pray in the Spirit,” Francis MacNutt writes about the power of the Spirit to pray through us.
“Those who pray in tongues, when they are not sure precisely what to pray for, turn the prayer over to the Spirit, believing that: ‘The Spirit too comes to help us in our weakness. For when we cannot choose words in order to pray properly, the Spirit himself expresses our plea in a way that could never be put into words, and God who knows everything in our hearts knows perfectly well what he means, and that the pleas of the saints expressed by the Spirit are according to the mind of God.’” (Romans 8:26-27) 5
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Father Ads is a retired Episcopal priest, but he often assists in worship at St. John’s Cathedral in Albuquerque. A short biography about him may be found at http://www.stjohnsabq.org/staff.php?id=9 .
1 See the previous articles at http://lodeplus.com/spirituality-in-albuquerque/gift-of-the-holy-spirit-adams-lovekin-part-one , http://lodeplus.com/spirituality-in-albuquerque/gift-of-the-holy-spirit-adams-lovekin-part-two , http://lodeplus.com/spirituality-in-albuquerque/gift-of-the-holy-spirit-adams-lovekin-part-three .
2 Father Adams Lovekin is an Episcopal priest, psychologist, pastor, and missionary; he is a husband, father, grandfather, and friend. He is fondly known as Father Ads or simply as Ads. He has a great love for people; more specifically, he has a great love for healing and nurturing God’s people spiritually.
3 There are many internet sources for this book and its background. Here is one: http://www.pray-the-scriptures.com/faithbelieve/agnessanford/agnessandford.html .
4 There are many internet sources for this book and its background. Here is one: http://www.christianhealingmin.org/products.asp?cat=38 .
5 Healing, Francis MacNutt, Ave Maria Press, Notre Dame, Indiana, c. 1974, 1999; p. 166.
Please see four previously-published articles on Father Adams Lovekin at:
Comment: All quotes from Father Ads are from an interview with him on August 30, 2011.