What an incredible journey our little church has been on for over a month. Our last meeting was last night, and it was incredible, to say the least. The presence of the Lord was in our house, and we were blessed beyond measure. In case you haven’t been following along, I have written several articles about our prayer initiative and the experiences we’ve had along the way.
Three times during our forty nights, I asked some pointed questions about the journey. What do you want to receive from this experience? What do you expect? What do want the Lord to do? Good questions, and the answers were insightful. Some stated they didn’t want this journey to end, and that really touched my heart in a positive way.
A few nights before the conclusion of this part of the journey, we had another question and answer session. Let me tell you, the answers were more mature, and there a sense God was making a change in all of us. Listening to what they had received and how they expect God to continue the work He began in them was uplifting and encouraging.
Last night, the conclusion, was highlight of the forty night journey. It was a typical Sunday night crowd in a small church; the regulars came and the numbers looked pretty good. As we began the meeting, I gave a summary of the journey and encouraged everyone to continue in prayer because that is our strength. Most of my people stayed at home during the nightly meetings, but there was a small core that came nearly every night.
We then had our youth perform a couple of dramas, and they were so good. Looking around, I saw hands raised in worship, and heard voices lifting up the name of Jesus. Really, it was a time of praise to the only one worthy of praise – Jesus Christ, the Son of the living God. Our youth performed in front of about 12,000 people at The Zellwood Sweet Corn Festival in Zellwood, Florida, so getting up in front of our people on Sunday night was no big deal. They performed their dramas before heavy rains came and Michael W. Smith had to cancel. As they ministered, you could sense a move of the Spirit of God as tears began streaming down their faces. The Lord really used them last night to minister to everyone in a powerful way.
Before we all began praying, I gave one more opportunity for people to comment on the journey we have just been through. I was so pleased with the answers; so thrilled the people understood what the Lord was doing in us. You see, we came to the realization God’s intention wasn’t to shower us with lightening bolts, angel visits, or water coming out of the wall, which He could have easily done. No, His intention was to help us grow by changing our hearts and perceptions. There were time of refreshing and some pretty amazing things the Lord did during our times of prayer, but most importantly, He changed us.
It is amazing to think of the number of flyers, postcards, and ads I’ve seen over the course of the last month or so regarding extended prayer meetings. Honestly, I had never noticed them before the Lord put into our hearts the need to meet like we did. Apparently, there is a prayer awakening in America; God is calling us to prayer, and we need to get on our faces before a loving God in order to cry out for this great nation. God is calling His saints to pray like never before: millions are dying and are on their way to a devil’s hell, and the church must take the brakes off.
We will continue meeting once a week for prayer, but the people haven’t told me what night they prefer. The Bible tells us to pray without ceasing. In other words, have an attitude of prayer all the time.
What about you? Will you join us for prayer?