My daughter Rocki Starr answered the phone and said, “Daddy, I’m at a place of prayer. Would you like to join me?” “Yes, “I replied with excitement burning in my heart as I thought of being in the Lord’s presence. I then added, “How about us going to the mountaintop and seeking Him all day long?” I could sense the same excitement in her youthful voice as she said, “Daddy, that’s so exciting! Come and pick me up and maybe Misty and mommy will want to go too!”
As I sat in the driver’s seat waiting for the family to pile into the car, for the first time in my life I felt the Lord’s excitement about meeting us at the place of prayer. I could hardly believe what I was feeling. You mean the God of the universe was excited about meeting us? As I was sitting there contemplating the immensity of the moment my cell phone rang. It was Dr. Ralph Wilkerson and his wife calling for a moment of Face Time fellowship.
I immediately blurted out my sense of all that I was feeling, at the excitement of God and His response to our planned meeting that day. Dr. Wilkerson, who is considered one of the fathers of the charismatic movement, has spent much of his spiritual life with close friends like Kathryn Kuhlman, Oral Roberts, and Benny Hinn to name a few. He responded with a laugh and said joyfully, “Richard, that’s the way He is! The closer you get to the Lord the more you will discover how excited He is to be with you.”
The wisdom that came out of Dr. Wilkerson’s mouth cut through all of the traditional religious formalism that was still lurking in my spirit concerning my personal intimacy with God Himself. As my family listened into my conversation with the Wilkersons through the car’s speakerphone, my thoughts went to the Lord, and how I was beginning to feel like a little tiny baby being cuddled in the arms of his father. Everything I was to experience with God would be comfortable to me. After all, He was my Creator.
When I got to the mountaintop that day I realized it was going to be special, and that there was some message Jesus was going to speak to me. Then it happened. He spoke quietly, “When you hear the going.” I instantly remembered the story of King David. After he had just become king of Israel he went into a valley and saw the massive army of the Philistines arrayed against him. The Lord then spoke to him and said, “Compass around behind this army and listen for the wind going through the tops of the mulberry trees, for I the Lord will go before you and you will defeat the army.”
I knew the Lord was speaking to me and that He was going to give me a sign of something “going through,” like a whisper, and it would mean that the victory had been given to us. While I was contemplating this my wife Sandy walked over from her place of prayer on the mountain and said to me, “Richard, did you hear that sudden rush of wind that just blew upon the mountain?” She had absolutely no idea of what the Lord had just been speaking to me about, so I knew her words were a confirmation that God was about ready to give us a sign that would signal that I must act at that moment to obtain the necessary victory.
There currently are many insurmountable odds that stand in front of all of us, that are resisting the great revival that God has promised us in San Francisco. Our group of faithful saints at “A Place To Meet Jesus” might be small in number, as David’s soldiers were on that historic day. But one thing I am doing is, “listening for the sound of a going.” On the mountain that day I also realized that it was a sign for you to become sensitive to the minute signs and signals that God is going to give you concerning your victory ~ and accomplishing the task of walking into it.