Friday, January 24, 2014

Review of our Week of Prayer

This week we have set aside 5 days as a church to seek the Lord in prayer. On Monday evening we began with Confession. We looked at a number of things that we needed to repent of ranging from prayerlessness, complaining, gossip and everything in between. Although it was painful to look at things that we can easily overlook, it was a blessing to turn from them in repentance and to experience the times of refreshing that followed.
Then on Tuesday night we moved to a time of Adoration. We considered the attributes of God as revealed in scripture and simply worshipped the Lord for who He is. So much of our times of prayer are spent bringing our requests before the Lord which is a tremendous blessing. However it also important in prayer to worship God for who He is. On Wednesday we began to pray for Revival by asking the Lord to provide a Renewal in our hearts personally, a revival in the church locally, and also an awakening globally. Thursday night we turned our attention toward Missions. We  began to pray over our own Jerusalem and the ministry we do in our community. Then we moved to Judea, and interceded over the ministries we partner with. Following Jerusalem and Judea we prayed over the uttermost parts of the earth, which included the persecuted church. What a humbling thing it is to consider how great the need truly is in the world to hear the gospel.  This evening we will conclude our time of pray by crying out to God over the next generation. 
I am excited to see how the Lord is going to answer our prayers in the days ahead. There is power in prayer. I am reminded of the words of one man concerning prayer. 

"There has never been a spiritual awakening in any country or locality that did not begin in united prayer." A.T. Pierson