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Why does one faint/break down when being prayed over by a pastor or elder during a fellowship meeting?

It is a practice in certain Christian fellowship organization for a member to ask their pastor/minister to pray for him/her for the seemingly heavy and accruing problems that he/she is experiencing. The member believes that the pastor's/minster's supplication to the Holy Spirit is more powerful and easily attended for immediate help. This praying-over is done while the member is in front of the pastor/minister who made the vocal prayer. In this scenario, the person being prayed over usually fell down/ lost consciousness and recover immediately after the ritual. They suppose that such a lose of awareness experienced by the person is due to the power of the Holy Spirit. Is this true?

Clarify Share Report Asked March 15 2014 Tot Tito Dulay Lim

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Stringio Gary Patton People Development Coach to Christians
Tito, because God The Holy Spirit is never the author of confusion (1 Corinthians 14:33), a "loss of consciousness" on the part of one Jesus Follower being prayed for by another is unlikely. 

However that being said, Holy Spirit, being God, is capable of doing anything He wants to anybody, His Followers or non-Followers alike. 

Some evangelical Christians get confused about the effect which Holy Spirit can have on Jesus Followers …whether or not they're being prayed for. 

The natural experiences of God's power on people's bodies covers a broad range of what some would call 'strangeness' and defies enumeration. 

One extreme example in the Old Covenant is when Holy Spirit caused King Saul to prophesy, and lay naked on the ground in public for some time. (1 Samuel 19:24)

I liken Holy Spirit's potential, extreme effect on a Jesus Follower's body to what the person would feel if s(he) grabbed hold of an exposed, live electrical wire. 

Blessings all!

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