Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Moving for the Moment

Hi everybody,

I am moving for the moment to a facebook page for corporate prayer.  Come check us out at

Thursday, September 1, 2011

What could be better than Monday Night Prayer ?

The only thing that I can imagine that would be better than the hour of corporate prayer we have on Monday nights is having two nights of corporate prayer.  This past Tuesday we started the corporate prayer gathering at our Downtown campus, 1313 13th street, in Lubbock.  We had 131 people come out and help us dedicate these new facilities to God.

We have seen the power of corporate prayer at our southwest campus and now we want to implement the very same thing at the downtown campus.  In four years we have seen how corporate prayer has brought many people to commit their lives to Christ for the first time.  We have seen how people are excited about getting baptized.  The 646 we saw baptized the past two weekends could only be explained by God people coming together to pray consistently.

If you live in Lubbock and can't make it to our prayer gathering on Monday nights from 7:15 - 8:15 at the Sportsplex, now you can go downtown and pray at our downtown campus on Tuesday nights from 6:15 - 7:15.  Childcare is provided.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

The Art of Giving Thanks

There is some art to helping people express thanksgiving.  I am learning more about that.  When you have something really exciting to tell people, it is good to build up the anticipation a little before you share.  We had the opportunity to share with our people this past week that we had 326 baptisms and 21 salvations the previous week.  To help build toward some excitement, we shared some facebook posts from people who had been baptized and some comments put on comment cards in our services to stir peoples hearts.  I then had everyone stand up and roll their necks.  The thought was to loosen them up a little.  I then had them roll their arms.  I told them I was concerned about them hurting themselves when they began to cheer about the news I had.  I also encourage them not to hurt their neighbors.

Then I had them hold applause until I had told them four sentences.  The final sentence had the 326 total baptisms on it.  Then I could say "Somebody need to give God praise."   People were so excited about he baptisms and salvations that they went into cheering and clapping.  The band was ready to take off on a fast song as that happened and we got to spend some great time giving God thanks for the remarkable things He is doing among us.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

A Corporate Prayer Gathering

The corporate prayer gathering is part of our dna at Experience Life.  It was the first meeting we had as a church and continues today as a primary weekly meeting.  

Famous Prayer Quote

The discipline of prayer and the discipline of Gods word must work hand in hand.  When we give up one we are in danger of losing both. - John Wimber

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Highlights from Prayer Recently.

As I reflect back over the past couple of months, I am reminded that the key element of corporate prayer is communion with God.  The whole idea of prayer is about us connecting with God on a personal intimate level.  We come into His presence and are involved in a dialogue.  He speaks to us and we speak to Him.  We make requests to Him according to His will.  The very nature of prayer is the communion of a relationship.

Here are some highlights from our corporate prayer gathering recently.

  • Seeing 100 or more people come up to the mics and give a one sentence of thanksgiving to God. (Seems like this is what church should be)
  • During worship seeing hundreds of people come forward and write the names of lost people they know on canvases so we can pray that each one would commit their lives to Christ.
  • Having jr high and high school students come forward and take a stand that they would be willing for God to use them this year in their schools and in their lives. (So cool to see tons of people surrounding about 50 students praying over them.)
  • Over and over hearing stories of answered prayer in peoples lives.  People having "ah hah" and realizing they needed to be saved or being convicted of their selfishness and submitting their hearts more fully to God.  We heard how high school students served the homeless and grew in boldness as they prayed for people in parks.
  • Having a local mission partner, the Dream Center, join us one night and being able to pray for them as they serve our city.
  • Seeing 732 people fill the Rink the first week in June giving us our largest prayer gathering so far.
  • Having a communion service at prayer and seeing people get prayed for by our prayer teams as they came up for communion. (Another picture of the body of Christ working as it should)
  • Seeing the continued results of salvations happening in our weekend services as we pray. (we understand there is a direct correlation between the numbers of salvations and  our prayers.)
  • Seeing people commit their lives to Christ during prayer.
Closet prayer changes lives but corporate prayer changes cities.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Famous Prayer Quote

Intercession executes the will of the King, ripping into the strongholds of hell with the two-edged sword of God's Word. - Jack Hayford.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Thoughts on Our Prayer Gathering

I think that Monday Night Prayer for me has not only stepped up into a new level of intimacy between me and the Lord in those corporate times, but it has overtaken my personal prayer life. Every answer to prayer we have seen corporately has awakened my heart to not give up on the thing the things that i have been praying for in my personal life. That persistency has taught me to completely understand that "holy stubbornness" Carl Toti talked about in his sermon. I want to see prayers answered in my life no matter how silly they seem to me letting go of my fear of migraines, seeing my dreams come true, and to the prayers are not so silly to me like seeing my family members saved, even the ones that seem to have the hardest hearts. 

I do not know how long some people have been praying for some things to come to pass such as revival or their love ones to come to Christ, but I do know  that God is walking among us. He is changing the heart of those willing to listen and seek his face and that excites me. There seems to be alot of attacks and tears being shed, but I think the Lord is using this time to draw us closer to Himself. What the enemy is meaning for bad the Lord is turning and using for good and his Glory. I think as we keep praying and seeking for revival and rain, the Lord is going to become evident and intimate to those willing to see Him. Mathew 6:33 says "But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well" 

Erin Mullins (Elife prayer teams)