- "As the appearance of the rainbow in the clouds on a rainy day, so was the appearance of the surrounding radiance. Such was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the LORD. And when I saw it, I fell on my face and heard a voice speaking" (Ezekiel 1:28).
- “Then I heard the sound of his words, and as I heard the sound of his words, I fell on my face in deep sleep with my face to the ground” (Daniel 10:9).
- “When I saw Him, I fell at His feet like a dead man. And He placed His right hand on me, saying, "Do not be afraid; I am the first and the last" (Revelation 1:17).
That said, God can still work miracles today (John 14:12, Ephesians 3:20) and we should not put Him into a box like what cessationists would like to do. God can work in wondrous and diverse ways that blow our minds as even the shadow of Peter and the handkerchief blessed by Paul had healing properties. So we should not limit the workings of an infinite and a limitless God, just because we have not experienced something miraculous.
- “man of God” (big name, what can go wrong?)
- ambience of the meeting (soothing music and worship, sign of God's presence)
- our own emotional state of heightened expectation (haven’t I come to experience God’s “presence”?)
- a mindset that tells us, since others are “slain”, we must not be left out; otherwise we may be deemed as having hard hearts (peer pressure)?
- no need to worry (since there are catchers to cushion the fall)
Rather than choosing to run to meetings where we can get zapped—‘slain in the Spirit’—we should seek God ourselves: Bow down, fall down on our knees or fall on our faces as an act of worship and adoration.
To be fair, nothing is amiss if believers allow a minister to lay hands and pray for them. But let us leave the results to God and not turn this ‘slain in the spirit’ phenomenon into the “must have” thing for spirituality, the ultimate sign that we have God’s favour and power. Do not forget that after we come down from the ecstatic, mountain top spiritual experience, we still have to face the day-to-day battles in the valley.