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.

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