Sticking Pennies To The Wall
Last night I went with my wife to the hair salon. I’ve gone with her many times before and when I do, God usually does something cool. Last night He came through again.
As Angie worked on my wife’s hair, I shared with her some of the things God’s been doing with us. Angie has been healed a number of times when we’ve prayed with her in the past. (Go here for one of those stories)
She talks often about her 8-year-old son, whom we’ve never met. Last night, while mom did her thing, he sat on a chair near me playing a video game.
My friend, Michael King has been posting videos on Facebook demonstrating how to stick coins to the wall. I haven’t done this much, but we had one experience a few months ago, where a friend’s daughters taught us how to do it.
We went to my friend Tim’s house to get him healed of low-back pain. While we were there we taught his daughters how to heal, by having them pray for their mother’s injured foot. Both Tim and his wife were better after prayer.
When we were done, the girls wanted to show us something. They brought out a pile of pennies and began sticking them to the kitchen wall. Since we’d been in their house, I noticed the presence of God was growing stronger. The pennies stuck like crazy.
My wife had never done it before, so we each grabbed a penny and held it to the wall and both of them stayed there for about 5 seconds. One of the girls stuck several pennies on the corner of the wall, where half the penny was hanging over the edge.
If you’re inclined to believe that sticking coins to the wall can be explained by surface tension or paint adhesion, when you see a penny hanging half over the corner of a wall, staying there for 20 seconds, natural explanations begin to lose their explanatory power.
So there I was sitting in the salon watching Angie’s son, who was riveted to his video game. I decided to try sticking a penny to the wall. She opened her cash box and gave me a penny. I found a place on the wall, held it in place 2 or 3 times, and watched it fall to the floor. I forgot one thing; invite the Holy Spirit to join us.
I asked Him to bring His presence into the room and make the penny stick to the wall. And it stuck, for about 5 seconds. Angie was shocked.
I did it again and her son looked up and smiled. I did it a third time and they asked if it was a trick. Then I moved over to the corner and let half the penny hang over the edge and it stuck for about one second. I did this 3 or 4 times and her son dropped his game and came over by me. He wanted to know how I did it.
I explained that Jesus said signs and wonders would follow those who believe in Him and this was one of those signs. I told him, “It’s not magic; it’s the power of God. You can do the same thing, just hold the penny on the wall and ask God to hold it there when you let go.”
I demonstrated a few more times, then he held it to the wall and asked God to hold it when he let go. It stuck the first time and every time afterward. He was filled with joy and wonder and forgot about his video game.
People often ask, “What’s the point of all this?”
I found out last night, there are several valuable things that come from these exercises.
First, sticking pennies to the wall is a tangible display of God’s power to those who don’t know Him that’s difficult to refute by natural explanations.
Second, it’s an exercise in which we learn to cooperate with God and sense his presence and power at work.
Angie’s son knows virtually nothing about the power of God. But after last night, he has at least one way in which he can experience God. As curious as boys are, it won’t be long before he finds other ways to relate to God.
Third, as we cooperate with God, our faith for operating in miracles, signs, and wonders grows. If we start with a simple thing like this, it can grow in many different directions including things like food multiplication and healing.
These exercises are like going to a gym and working out. Working out doesn’t have a great purpose in itself. It’s merely a way to strengthen yourself so that you can operate better when you do other things. In the same manner—sticking coins to the wall has no real purpose in itself. It’s merely a way to exercise your spiritual muscles and grow in faith.
Sticking coins to the wall builds faith for living a kingdom lifestyle. If you spend an afternoon with friends getting to know God’s power by sticking things to the wall the next time you need to release God’s power for a person with cancer, you might be surprised at how much faith you have for healing.
I should mention one more thing – I love the colors Angie put in my sweetie’s hair. She looks rather amazing.
(If you’d like to see videos of coins sticking to glass or forks and spoons sticking to walls, go here.)