This is the packet I received last night when I attended my church‘s Night of Prayer. Members are to utilize this packet as a guide to set aside time everyday to pray (with 2 days of fasting). The idea is to foster collective prayer and enhanced unity in fellowship via increased adoration for Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection–all for the sake of His renown.
Yesterday, being Monday, was a bit crazy (and rainy), and having to embarrassingly leave a class early, praying my car wouldn’t be towed where I parked it, and driving in the rain on the way there with my gas light on while on the phone with an upset girlfriend–I was not in the mood to pray. I can be really mature at times…
Worshipping and praying with close friends is incredible. While I sat with a lot of fellow college students, I was able to pray with my best friend and co-small group leader, Bailey, her awesome boyfriend Justin, and the man who is courting me, Bradley. Such power in those relationships; so many relationships for which to pray; so many people in our lives who have yet to be raised to life in Jesus. Come, Lord.
The Gospel manifested between believers is literally Heaven on earth. Move us, Spirit.
Our pastor read a passage toward the beginning of the night, Psalm 126:
“When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dream. Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with shouts of joy; then they said among the nations, ‘The Lord has done great things for them.’ The Lord has done great things for us; we are glad. Restore our fortunes, O Lord, like streams in the Negeb! Those who sow in tears shall reap with shouts of joy! He who goes out weeping, bearing the seed for sowing, shall come home with shouts of joy, bringing his sheaves with him.”
We rejoice for our own salvation and weap for those who are still lost. But those who labor for Christ’s fame with a broken heart for sin will not return empty-handed. May I recall the depth of which Jesus pulled me out, so that I will ask and expect Him to do the same for other people. Use me; send me. You took my place–You will be glorified for eternity.