Zechariah 4:6 “Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of the LORD unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts.”
Every church should do something to challenge its members to do something out of the ordinary. Suggest having an offering where we keep the ten percent and give God ninety. Offer to be the street sweepers after the local community parade. Or to stay up all night to pray.
Such was the case for us here Friday night into Saturday.
Over 80 people gathered to pray through the night for our government, pastors of churches, missionaries around the world, souls to be tender to the gospel as we witness, new ministries, existing ministries, and for our church to dwell in unity.
As the night progressed, and the flesh grew weary, the prayers became more heartfelt, sincere, and focused. By the end of the night, exhaustion waited on the edges, and we all needed sleep.
It grew more evident through the night that we need the Holy Spirit’s power and filling to do what we do at our church. This child of God at least realized how much I need the guidance and direction that is promised of my Father. As a teacher and preacher of the Word of God, I need more reliance on His Spirit than anything within me.
Praying with the many different men that had attended allowed me to hear their hearts as they poured it out to the Lord. It drew us closer and formed a bond that wasn’t present before. Oh, what things we truly miss when we don’t take the time to go out of our way to pray!
Just a short note of challenge – don’t allow routine to keep us from experiencing the depth of relationship that God gives to us when we pray. If you’ve never prayed through the night, set a day and time aside to try.
Don’t be discouraged if no one joins you. Don’t let your flesh dictate the length of time you pray. Have some coffee ready. Take breaks. But keep your focus on what you pray for and for whom you are praying.
When we’ve shut out the world and its noise and listen truly for the voice of God, He shows up most wonderfully and marvelously. Know this, that when you choose to do this, you will experience opposition. From within when your mind and your body tell you that you can’t. From without when others think you ‘extreme,’ or fanatical.
We are all a fan of something or someone. Why not God?