This Sunday evening at 6pm we are gathering for an evening of ministry, prayer and worship. Times like these allow us unhurried time to seek the Lord for his will for our church and our individual lives. Here are a few thoughts below that may help make our time most profitable.
How can you prepare?
I know it’s simple, but one of the best ways to prepare it to pray. Begin by praying that God would lead us. Pray that God would minister to our needs. We want God’s kingdom to come and his will to be done (Matt. 6:10). Also pray that God would use you in any way he chooses. This can be a scary thing to ask because God just might answer it. But isn’t that what we want? We must never forget that the Christian faith is fundamentally supernatural. As you pray, make note of anything the Lord brings to mind.
How can you participate?
If we ask the Lord to lead us in whatever way he chooses, then we want to be faithful to step out as he leads. Participation can look like sharing a Scripture that the Lord brought to mind. It can look like praying a prayer that you don’t think is just between you and God. It could be sharing an impression that the Lord wants to comfort or breath courage into someone. It could be the Lord gives you the utterance of a language unknown to you or the interpretation. All of these require a step of faith because we don’t know fully why the Lord might have us share what we share. Even the mighty Apostle Paul said he shared only what he knew in part (1 Cor. 13:9).
How can you discern?
Ministry is a wonderful thing, but it is also a call for discernment. We must weigh the prayers, the encouragements, the prophecies, tongues, and interpretations against God’s infallible word. Paul gives this same instruction to the Thessalonians, “Do not despise prophecies, but test everything; hold fast what is good. Abstain from every form of evil” (1 Thes. 5:20-22). Discernment doesn’t have to make us skeptical, but it should help us hold fast what is good. I pray that there will be a lot of good for us to hold fast on Sunday night.