On Sunday, July 26th, we are gathering together as a church for a night of ministry, prayer and worship. According to Scripture, what would prompt us to do this?
- Psalm 105:4 paints the active picture of, “seeking God’s presence continually.” We want more of the presence of God in our individual lives and in our life as a church. God’s presence speaks to his power and nearness. Psalm 73:28 reassures us “It is good to be near God”
- 1 Corinthians 14:1 tells us to, “pursue love.” One of the ways that we do this according to the same verse is “earnestly desire spiritual gifts.” We gather because out of love for one another we want to be used by God to minister to one another.
- James 5:16 reminds us to, “pray for one another.” Prayer could be for healing or the vast number of spiritual realities that we want to live in the good of.
- Ephesians 5:18 invites us to, “be filled with the Spirit.” As believers, we are indwelt by the Holy Spirit and at the same time we are exhorted here to be continually filled with the Holy Spirit. We want to be wholly governed by the power, wisdom and direction of the Holy Spirit rather than the power, wisdom, direction of our flesh.
All of these things could easily be part of our Sunday gathering and in reality should be. But there is something about changing up the liturgy for a special night like this that may help us expect God to minister to us and through us in ways we don’t normally expect him to.
So could I ask you to pray? Pray that God would have his way and minister according to what we need most. Could I ask you to expect? Expect that God wants to work through you to build up our church (1 Cor. 12:7), whether it is building up an individual or the whole church. And could I ask you to come? Come next Sunday. Feel free to invite others and let’s together see what God might want to do.