Being part of quickly growing church has its challenges. There is much to do, many people have questions, many have needs. Prayer is a key component of seeing God enable people supernaturally to meet these challenges.
There is a temptation that every Monday night becomes a time to pray over the list of needs we have. This is the reason we needed a Monday night like this past one. Our focus was "seeking Gods face, not His hands. This is a theme the Lord dropped in my heart this week and it resonated with our Monday night crowd. We had our usual time of worship. People sang with fervor as we concluded worship with "Glory to God". We followed with time waiting in His presence. This was a targeted waiting as people were telling God of their hunger and thirst for Him.
We moved on by reading a couple of stories of how God moved powerfully in times past. One story was of Evan Roberts, a key leader in the Wales revival in the early 19th century, whom God visit him in the night for three to four months straight. Gods love would come so powerfully he didn't know if he could stand any more. We read of Charles Finney. His account was of a time where he felt waves of liquid love flow through his body as he came face to face with Jesus.
After reading these accounts we opened the microphones for anyone to come up and pray that God would encounter us in revival. 15 - 20 people came forward and prayed. Prayers like "God, in our day and in our time, would you show yourself", "God, let this be the last one, let there be no need for another revival because this one just keeps going", "Lord would you move in West Texas in way that is historical, let us be the ones whom you visit", "Lord we ask for you to use us in saving souls". There were others who repented of sin. This lasted for about 30 minutes.
Andrea Morey then shared her story about how God had used the prayers of people to help her in her battle with anorexia. She had forgotten what Gods love was like and had recently experienced again the love of God. Through prayer God opened a door for 18,000 of medical expenses to be given to her also.
We closed with people praying for others with prayer needs. It was really refreshing not to be praying through our list of needs and seeking His face this night.
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Amazing! Pastor Chris spoke to my heart with specific examples of questions I've been facing!!
A lady that has been filling out prayer requests each week wrote: "Husband did not go through with our divorce! He recommitted his life to Christ Tuesday morning! Thank you for the prayers!"Nourishing!