How can you ever be sure what to expect when you embark on a week of prayer?  I wasn’t sure that we would see so many members of the church joining together so often in prayer and worship, I wasn’t sure we would have such great times of coming into the presence of God, I wasn’t sure we would see people experience (at least in a measure) new gifts of the Spirit, I wasn’t sure I would be excited in going to 6 prayer meetings in a week, I didn’t know that we would pray for such a range of things from our church activities, to strangers in foreign places, to government rulers, to individual needs, to new gifting for people, to more and more outreach among us.  But now, looking back, what was I thinking?  What was I expecting? Because we did all of these things – and more!

Sometimes we had to press on, sometimes it seemed easy – but isn’t it like that when you build any relationship?  We are convinced that God heard our prayers and our worship and it “was a pleasing aroma” to him.

Thursday night saw a courageous time of daring to believe God at his word.  Of daring to wait on him, on trusting that no gift is without purpose.  To ensure that people who had never experienced the joy of interpreting tongues could experience that for the first time.  To touch his cloak, if only for a moment and feel his power in us.  And to know that he is a God of love, of love, of LOVE.

How great is our God.

As we continue to pray over the coming days, weeks and months, never lose sight of his great commission:

All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.




As we continue to pray, to act and to usher in his kingdom, pray that we would be those that obey him and do his will in all ways.




John Masheder

20 January 2017

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