How do you know if you have had a one-minute-with-God experience? There are many different ways to know that you have experienced those sixty supernatural seconds of favor from the Father. You could have a dream, a vision, a visitation, or an encounter with God that is powerful and tangible. Or there could be a knowing in your spirit where all the heaviness you had been experiencing is immediately lifted off of you. In one moment you could be reading the Word of God and get a revelation that you didn’t have before; you could suddenly go from labor to favor in your life. Maybe you receive good news after prayer. Or maybe you go back to the doctor and suddenly get a different report— a good report.
God is a God of variety, and He shows up in many different ways. Our one minute with God may look quite different from someone else’s, but it is still an encounter with God nonetheless. You may hear His voice telling you something good in the midst of horrible circumstances— all it takes is one word from Him. Maybe you have been extremely anxious and worried, and in one minute you experience a heavenly peace. At one moment you are hopeless, then when God shows up, He fills you with hope. Matthew’s Gospel tells the story of the day when the disciples faced a storm in the middle of the lake, and they began to panic because Jesus was sleeping in the boat. The circumstances were against them and what they desperately needed was one minute with God— Jesus arising from sleep, speaking a word and calming the storm. One moment with God can cause an anxious heart to be at peace.
Matthew writes: Now when He got into a boat, His disciples followed Him. And suddenly a great tempest arose on the sea, so that the boat was covered with the waves. But He was asleep. Then His disciples came to Him and awoke Him, saying, “Lord, save us! We are perishing!”
But He said to them, “Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?” Then He arose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm. So the men marveled, saying, “Who can this be, that even the winds and the sea obey Him?” (Matthew 8: 23-27)
Jesus responded to the disciples in this scenario and not to the storm. We often think the Lord automatically knows our needs and the circumstances surrounding our life, and that He will automatically respond to our problems without us pursuing Him. This is not necessarily the case. In fact, God waits for us to awaken Him. As One who is omniscient and all knowing, God is aware of what we are going through; at the same time, He is waiting for us to invite Him into our storms and situations. Your invitation through prayer is often a setup for a miraculous one minute with God. In the Matthew 8 account, we see that Jesus slept through this storm. The disciples had to go and wake Him up before He could deal with the circumstances that were present. It’s not enough just to know that God dwells with us; we must live our lives continually expectant for Him to work on our behalf. The key to seeing Him work is us being willing to call out to Him for help.
Again, God waits for our invitation— not because He is powerless to intervene without our human consent, but because He is looking for those of us who recognize our dire need of Him. As strange as it sounds, many of us try to calm storms by ourselves. Either that, or we respond to the storms with absolute hopelessness. God is not even considered in the midst of our circumstances. Even though we claim to believe in Him, our belief is not practically demonstrated. Instead, we focus on how big, how loud, and how intense the storms are. God wants to turn your situation around. The first thing you need to do is invite Him in.
This is one of the first steps to your one minute with God. We were in a church meeting years ago, with hundreds of people there wanting to be prayed for. A sudden storm came up, and it came up so quickly there was no place to run, no place to hide, and no place to get out of the way as the storm approached. The winds were high and reports said the storm was headed straight for the place where we were located. The power went out and there was nothing left to do but pray. The Lord reminded me that He always has His way in the storm: “The Lord has His way in the whirlwind and in the storm, and the clouds are the dust of His feet” (Nah. 1: 3).
We all began to quote that Scripture and pray. Miraculously, in one minute the storm turned and went in a totally different direction. We continued on with the service, with no electricity and using flashlights to see, and many people were saved and healed as a result of God’s glory being manifested. It only took one minute with God to change our circumstances— one prayer, one minute for God to show up and change the course of the storm. When God shows up in power, things bend to His will. People are changed. The atmosphere is filled with faith. And people encounter His presence profound, life-changing ways.