A few months ago, NFL quarterback Derek Carr along with his brother were speaking at a church when God told him that someone in the service was planning to commit suicide
Carr, 26, plays for the Oakland Raiders. He was drafted in the second round of the NFL draft in 2014 after attending Fresno State. In his three-year career, he has been selected twice to play in the pro bowl.
According to Wikipedia, in June this year Carr signed a contract with the Raiders making him the highest paid player in NFL history. Carr’s older brother, David, is a former NFL quarterback.
In an article posted on WND.com, Carr had just finished speaking when God gave him this revelation of someone wanting to kill himself. In a Facebook post that has since gone viral, Carr said:
“As clear as day, the Holy Spirit tells me, ‘Someone here is going to commit suicide unless you say something.'”
Carr said he didn’t know what to do as the pastor had just given an altar call for those needing ministry.
Thoughts raced through Carr’s head. What if he was wrong? He worried about looking ‘silly’ in front of the crowd. He questioned whether he had really heard from God.
Finally Carr felt he needed to obey the Holy Spirit and approached the pastor asking for the mic.
He told the crowd that he felt there was someone in the service who wanted to commit suicide and that Jesus loved them. He added God “has a plan for your life.”
As soon as he spoke those words, a man came forward pointing at himself, After hearing the man was planning to commit suicide that night, Carr grabbed him, hugged him and prayed for him.
When he was done, he noticed his brother was praying for another young man who was also crying. After approaching them, Carr discovered he was also planning to kill himself that night.
Carr added that praying for those two people was the most exhausting thing he had ever done. It was more tiring than even playing a full NFL game.
But it didn’t stop there. As Carr was walking out to his vehicle after the meeting, he noticed a boy texting on his phone in the parking lot.
The boy turned to Carr:
“That suicide thing you were talking about, that was me. I was going to kill myself tonight.”
Carr gave the boy a hug in the parking lot and prayed for him. He told the boy that God had him attend tonight because the Lord wanted him to “hear His message.” God has a plan for his life.
I believe the Holy Spirit gave Carr a word of knowledge, one of the nine spiritual gifts cited by the Apostle Paul:
8 For to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, and to another the word of knowledge according to the same Spirit; (1 Corinthians 12:8 NASV)
A word of knowledge is a revelation about a current situation that the person receiving the word is unaware of in the natural. It differs from prophecy where God gives insight into events that will take place sometime in the future.
In the Old Testament, the prophet Elisha functioned often with this gift that certainly has a prophetic edge to it. When Israel was at war with Aram, the prophet received revelations of surprise attacks that the Aramean army was plotting against Israel.
He passed these revelations on to the King of Israel allowing him to avoid the ambush:
9 The man of God sent word to the king of Israel saying, “Beware that you do not pass this place, for the Arameans are coming down there.” (2 Kings 6:9-12).
We see the same word of knowledge on display in the New Testament as well. During the formative years of the early church, people were selling extra property they owned and giving the proceeds for distribution to those needing assistance.
However, one couple, Ananias and Sapphira, sold property and held back some of the money and gave the rest to the church. Now there was nothing wrong with keeping some of the money if they wanted to.
However, they wanted to appear as spiritual as everyone else and told the church they were giving all the money from the sale.
Through a word of knowledge, the Apostle Peter received revelation that they were lying (Acts 5:1-11).
We see the Holy Spirit giving words of knowledge in the Old Testament and as well the New Testament, so we should not be shocked when we see the same gift functioning in the Church today.
We need to be open to the Holy Spirit and willing to step out. I believe the Holy Spirit wants to increase these type of revelations, not just for the sake of the church but for those outside the Body of Christ as well.