Kirk Franklin Shares About Moment He Was Terrified to Pray for Gospel Singer Struggling With Kidney Disease

(PHOTO: REUTERS/LUCY NICHOLSON) Kirk Franklin poses with the award for Best Gospel Performance/Song for "Wanna Be Happy?" during the 58th Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California, February 15, 2016.
(PHOTO: REUTERS/LUCY NICHOLSON)
Kirk Franklin poses with the award for Best Gospel Performance/Song for “Wanna Be Happy?” during the 58th Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California, February 15, 2016.

When Kirk Franklin stopped in Jacksonville, Florida, for the second leg of his tour Sunday, the concert was halted for a moment of intercession that made the veteran minister of music terrified to pray.

On his “Twenty Years In One Night” tour, Franklin taps singers in the audience to help him with the song “Intercession” from his Losing My Religion album. On June 5, one of that singer was 31-year-old gospel singer Josiah Martin who emotionally began to share his testimony and battle with kidney disease during the concert.

After the concert ended Franklin took to Facebook to reveal his emotional response to Martin’s testimony.

“Many in the music industry know him as JO JO, a prolific artist whose voice has been featured on many gospel and mainstream albums. Jo jo is 31 and has been waiting for a kidney match for over 3 years now,” Franklin explained. “Tonight while I was performing a song called INTERCESSION I passed him the mic in the audience and that’s when the air was sucked out of the room and the entrance of God’s presence was the only thing we remembered.. As he began to sing, he sung from one of the most honest and broken places I’ve ever heard a voice communicate from. As he sang about the fatigue of dialysis and the discouragement of waiting for a match, I wanted to pray for him, but was terrified to.”

After the emotional experience, Franklin analyzed his method for publicly praying for Martin.

“The moment was so pure and the entire building was in tears before the Lord. I did not want to abuse my platform at the expense of trying to pray one of these impressive prayers that makes people shout and the organ and drummer cause the people’s feet to run,” the gospel music legend admitted. “Though there’s nothing wrong with those moments, they are often too much of the goal, and we often think that God didn’t move if we didn’t run around a building. I did not want to say things I cannot promise, nor did I want to rebuke a devil that has NOTHING to do with this!”

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SOURCE: The Christian Post
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