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Forty Nights of Prayer – Update

In A Christian Life on September 2, 2008 at 9:35 AM

If you are not familiar with our prayer initiative, let me summarize by making this statement: our church is in the midst of Forty Nights of Prayer, meeting each week night for prayer, fellowship and worship. It has been a remarkable journey so far, and I am convinced there is more to come.

We began our service last night a bit differently. It was important to give everyone an opportunity to describe what our last five weeks have meant to us individually, and to see what each one wanted to take away from this journey. As I sat on the altar, listening to this small group of dedicated people say what was in their hearts, I marveled at God’s amazing grace. You would have to walk with us to fully understand some of the gracious transformations we have been privileged to see.

One person talked about unity, another talked about praying when not able to attend the services, while another talked about continuing the meetings after our forty nights are over. There was a sense of genuine Christian love as each person shared real feelings with everyone. We were able to even talk about background music during our times of prayer. What a night!

As we move forward, it is with an expectation God will do wonderful things in our church, and will use us for His glory. As I listened to my people last night, I got the sense there is a new urgency and determination in them. Our church has been going through some pretty tough times lately, but this core of faithful believers is weathering the storm, determined to see it through.

I want to thank the Lord for all He is doing and all He will do. I don’t want the focus to be on us for meeting to pray; God is to be praised for calling us together. We who serve God are blessed beyond compare as we follow His leading. Read what Jesus said in Luke 17:

5 And the apostles said unto the Lord, Increase our faith. 6 And the Lord said, If ye had faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye might say unto this sycamine tree, Be thou plucked up by the root, and be thou planted in the sea; and it should obey you. 7 But which of you, having a servant plowing or feeding cattle, will say unto him by and by, when he is come from the field, Go and sit down to meat? 8 And will not rather say unto him, Make ready wherewith I may sup, and gird thyself, and serve me, till I have eaten and drunken; and afterward thou shalt eat and drink? 9 Doth he thank that servant because he did the things that were commanded him? I trow not. 10 So likewise ye, when ye shall have done all those things which are commanded you, say, We are unprofitable servants: we have done that which was our duty to do.

It is my firm belief every child of God and every church should make prayer a priority. There’s no telling what the Lord would do if we would only pray. Are you praying?

  1. I wonder what percentage of our lives we not only pray, but “really” pray.

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