Those words have different meanings to many people.
Our Friday night into Saturday morning was spent at an all-night prayer meeting. Our church had over sixty people at one time gathered to pray through the night. Each hour, we gathered to sing one or two choruses or hymns, receive the specified group for whom we were to pray, and given a 5 minute challenge from the Bible about the significance of those for whom we were to pray for.
One hour was spent praying for the lost. Another for worldwide missions. Another our for our political leaders. Another for the ministries of our church. Another for pastors; both general and specific. Another for the sick, and for personal needs.
After the challenge, we were given the return time and then we would break into groups of 2, 3, or 4 and go throughout our building to pray.
As the night wore on, and tiredness set in, our spirits were more attuned to the task at hand. The singing often brought tears as we sang of Heaven, salvation, the love of God and His blessings on our life. The ability to sing the song “Sweet Hour of Prayer” and be genuine now having prayed for more than an hour brings a smile to my face.
The impassioned pleas for those in need, those who were sick or diseased, those in bondage to sin, or those in positions of leadership; often brought us to tears. It is something God does when two or more are gathered in His name… the challenges were to point, the fellowship shared was transparent and honest.
As we broke from that meeting this morning, I walked away with a closer bond with those with whom I prayed. There is something God does when two agree upon a matter in prayer.
In my advanced state of ‘chronological giftedness’, the lack of sleep will take awhile to recoup, but, it is one I would not trade for the world!
I had the privilege of praying on the phone with one of our missionaries from Mexico who had been a prayer partner when he was a member in our church. Think of it – he from another country and I, arrived at the throne of grace to bring our petitions with as much fervor and passion as if we were in the same room. One small reason I thank God for technology!
You cannot pray for that long without dealing with your own sin and sinfulness. The breakdown of the physical and the raising of the spiritual helps you to see things a bit more clear.
What was sown in tears last night, we will reap in joy. God promised.
Psalm 126:5-6 “They that sow in tears shall reap in joy. He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.”
I await with joyous expectancy of what God will do in response to the prayers of His children last night. I say that in full belief of His Word.
Mark 11:22-26 “And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God. For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them. And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses. But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.”
I cannot wait to tell you of the answered prayers because of this night!
To God be all glory, honor and praise!