I'm a CHRISTIAN and I believe with all my heart in CHRIST and I have this Gift!
Hi Martha. I was raised pentecostal all my life and have experienced what you are describing. It was frustrating for me as an adult, as I always felt I had no "gift". Everyone in church seemed to have a gift to sing, lead worship, play an instrument, etc. and I couldn't do any of those things. But I found I could pray and learned that I was an "intercessor". At times it was draining as I deeply felt, or "took on" what I was praying for and at times it could be depressing. It was also very difficult sometimes to pray for the "fake" ones, I'd always try to take a step back and think "well I'm a sinner too so don't judge", but I am only human and especially when you know what someone is doing outside the church, it was difficult. I will tell you what made it easier for me. When I would pray with someone, I visualize them as a child. Not as the adult, the person who I have no idea what they have been through to bring them to this point, what hurts and mountains they have had to climb to make them not trust, or "fake", or whatever. But when you see them as innocent children, that they may be hurting inside and vulnerable (like a child) it makes it so much easier, and your heart fills with compassion it's amazing! I hope this helps. God bless!