This weekend has been somewhat refreshing.
I have enjoyed the joy of a new church plant launching near me, a church that is seeking to reach the lost in a radically biblical and Christ focussed way, wanting to impact those unreached unmoved by the gospel with the gospel (a blog to come about that).
And I enjoyed lovely fellowship with my brothers and sisters in Christ at Resolved.
And I enjoyed some lovely time with my family.
And I enjoyed some great time in prayer this evening.
I recall listening to Wayne Grudem’s lectures on systematic theology, particularly one of his lectures on prayer, in which he mentioned the story of a pastor who, when initially in the ministry, spent each morning in three hours of prayer and communion with the Lord.
This went on for sometime, and the church grew greatly and the pastor’s prayer life was healthy and God was moving powerfully in that church. But then, the pastor relaxed how much time he was spending in prayer because of the success of the church. From 3 hours, he went to 2 hours, then to 1, then to 30 minutes. He had dropped the ball.
Now after some while of this happening, another pastor from afar, who barely knew this pastor, called him, and said that he felt God wanted to share with him this sentence:
“I miss our times together.”
I felt like that tonight. I felt the call to pray. It was like the feeling of dehydration. I hadn’t been drinking from the fount of living water, and I drunk of it tonight in prayer. I felt as though God had been drawing on me to pray and to commune with him, and it was great to finally be still and converse with the Almighty. Praise be to God, that he stooped down to make us great, that he intercedes for us, that he desires us, to know us.
If you haven’t spent time communing with God recently, I would encourage you to do so, and to make that a part of your everyday, as I will be doing here on in.
Also, there is a forthcoming post about this new church plant that just launched yesterday. It is called “Soul Revival Church”, and I am really excited about what they are already doing. Stay tuned for that, especially if you live in the Sutherland Shire.
“Now to him who is able to strengthen you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery that was kept secret for long ages but has now been disclosed and through the prophetic writings has been made known to all nations, according to the command of the eternal God, to bring about the obedience of faith— to the only wise God be glory forevermore through Jesus Christ! Amen (Romans 16:25-27).”
Grace to you.