“The one concern of the devil is to keep the saints from prayer. Our enemy fears nothing from prayerless studies, prayerless work, prayerless religion. He laughs at our toil, mocks our wisdom… but trembles when we pray. Prayer turns ordinary mortals into men and women of power. It brings fire. It brings rain. It brings life. It brings God. There is no power like that of prevailing prayer.” Samuel Chadwick
This astonishing quote, among others, was used by Jonathan this Sunday just gone at ONE and it seemed to land with some power and some weight as we heard it. If you missed it, its definitely one to listen to!
We heard that prayer moves the arm that moves the world. That when the church was afraid, they simply prayed. That prayer is not a domestic intercom to call down more treats, but a wartime walkie-talkie for the war of life. We heard that persistent prayer brings things into existence. That prayer changes the world.
And so we then prayed (!). We prayed together. We prayed individually. We prayed for ourselves – to have courage, for our dreams and passions, for our families and work and studies. We prayed for Churchcentral – for the massive promises God has given us. We prayed for the world – that nations, that Beirut, that refugees might be radically transformed by King Jesus.
And then we left.
How do we live in the good of what God was stirring in us on Sunday at ONE? How do we respond? How can we honour what God said, and become situation-changing enemy tremblers, as individuals and as a church?
A few blogs are going to come up in the coming weeks to flesh out some of the ways we think God is calling us to apply this growing hunger for prayer. But here are a few categories to think in to start us off:
On Sunday mornings
For nine months or so as part of our Sunday gatherings, we’ve been deliberately giving more space to intentional prayer. For individuals, for breakthroughs in their lives. For situations going on in the city or the world. Praying into promises God has given us. Praying for events or ministries that we’re invested in, that God might use them. And more.
In light of what God has said at ONE, we’re passionate about these moments on Sundays – not as ticking the prayer box, or as a little add-on to the morning, but as encounters with God where we powerfully move the arm that moves the world.
In your site
Praying on Sunday mornings is wonderful but we think God is calling us to more than that! And so in your site, more extended opportunities to pray corporately are something we’re passionate about. Speak to your Site Leader about this if you have dreams or ideas as how to how this might look, but one thing’s for sure – we’re keen to make sure each site has meaningful opportunities to do this together. Watch this space!
ONE was so helpful in reminding us we don’t have to wait for a formalised announcement before we pray! Each of us has access to God 24-7 to make the enemy tremble as we pray, so why not seek to step out in this more in the coming few weeks to pray spontaneously together? If something pops up in conversation that’s hard, why not just offer to pray there and then? As you meet socially or to encourage each other, why not turn to God!
As powerful as corporate prayer is, the brilliance of post-Pentecost Acts Christianity is that no longer do we need to go to a special place or be with some special people to encounter God! No, now He lives in every Christian by the Holy Spirit! We have the Father’s ear. We have the same access Jesus has. We have His Spirit helping us to pray. So let’s make the most of it. In the car. Doing the dishes. When we’re afraid. As we rise in the morning. As the head hits the pillow.
Need some inspiration (we all do!)? Why not save these three images to your device to help spark ideas? Spend a minute on each one? Do one per day and rotate?