When Harry grew up and tried to fit in more with friends at school, he slowly left his childhood faith behind. After spending a year in Australia, Harry started university back in the UK and over time, found himself becoming obsessed with drugs and drinking.
“I was obsessed with drugs and drinking. It was all fun, but it was all fruitless.”
Within Harry, there was a deep desire to be known and loved, and despite trying to meet that desire himself, he was left feeling empty each time. The emptiness turned and Harry would find himself feeling the weight of anxiety in the middle of lectures and in his every day life. It wasn’t until Phillip, one of Harry’s Christian friends, invited him on a night out in Edinburgh followed by church the following morning that things began to change.
After a night out and a Sunday service, the two decided to pray for each other before Harry started his drive back home. Phillip prayed a pure prayer with such confidence that it made Harry wonder what to say back. They both said their “amens” and it was Harry’s turn.
“It was like God took away any awkwardness between us. I gave him a hug and just like that, it was like we were brothers.”
Harry started praying with little expectation of what would happen next. Through his simple, slightly awkward prayer, he was filled with the Holy Spirit for the first time! Harry describes the experience as, “it was like God took away any awkwardness between us. I gave him a hug and just like that, it was like we were brothers.”
“I drove for 90 minutes back home from Edinburgh crying because God had simultaneously shown me all my sin and how much He loved me. I realised that the devil had told me that I had a relationship with God - but I didn’t. Now I do.”
Harry, alongside others, travelled to the Lake District to get baptised a year ago, but his story doesn’t end here. Harry is passionate about seeing his friends get to know Jesus. Stay tuned for part 2 of Harry’s story...