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)

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Famous Prayer Quote

William McKinley, Jr. (1843-1901), 25th President of the United States

Let me repeat the oath administered by the Chief Justice: “I will faithfully administer the oath of the President of the United States…” This is the obligation I have reverently taken before the Lord this day. To keep it will be my single purpose and my prayer. Our faith teaches that there is no safer reliance than upon the God of our fathers…who will not forsake us so long as we obey His commandments and walk humbly in His footsteps.  From his First Inaugural Address, March 4, 1887

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Multifaceted Nature of God

I have watched this month as God has shown up in different ways at different times at our prayer gathering.  You begin to realize how multifaceted God is.  Two weeks ago there was such an excitement about the gathering.  People would clap during a prayer because they were so excited about what was being prayed.  You just sensed faith in the place where we gather.  The energy of God was in the place as He was empowering and encouraging us.

This past week though was so much more of a peaceful night.  We had an acoustic set from our worship team and you could sense peace over the skating rink at the end of prayer.  So much so I encouraged our people to take some time and just be still and let Gods peace encourage them.  During that time I quoted some verses that came to mind like 1 Peter 5:6 & Matthew 11:29,30.  The peaceful nature of God was the encompassing feel of the night.

I am glad God knows what people need and at the right time they need it.  Some nights it is empowering, other nights compassion, some nights peace and others joy.   I love is how multifaceted God is and how He comes each night with the part of His nature we need most.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

The Right Presentation

I went to a ordination service for a pastor in another denomination the other day.  I realized in that place the appropriate attire for me to present myself with was a suit and tie.  I rarely ever wear a suit and tie anymore, but  it was the the right presentation for that day in that place.  

I think there are appropriate ways to present ourselves to God in prayer. Humility is an important way to present ourselves to God when we come to prayer.  2 Chronicles 7:14 says "Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land."   and   James 4:6b“God opposes the proud but favors the humble.”7 So humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8 Come close to God, and God will come close to you.  ...10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up in honor.

I am convinced that we learn to by humble before God.  It is something we can equip people to do.  We can't force them to do it, but we can help them understand how to go there.  A few of the ways we try and help people practice humility as our Monday night prayer are: 

  1. Encouraging people to have postures of prayer.  
  2. We encourage people to kneel from time to time.  
  3. We let people know that raising their hands in worship is an expression that is welcome at prayer and is also biblical.
  4. Letting people turn their palms up in an expression of "I need you God" is something we do from time to time.  
  5. Letting people pray on a mic who will model humility.  
  6. Encouraging leaders to model vulnerability if they are leading prayer.
  7. Model authenticity in prayer (being real) and not posturing.   This is a value we teach in our prayer training.