"...The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much." (from James 5:16)
The word "epilogue" means "the last word" or "in addition". I wanted
to just share a few "wrap up" thoughts about last night's "United Prayer
Service" which was held at Philadelphia Baptist Church in downtown
Overall, it was very good.
I will say the
attendance was the lowest we've had for any of these "United Prayer
Services" and I think this was the 4th (or maybe the 5th) one
we've had. I think if the attendance had been so low for the first or
the second time I would have been very discouraged. Ironically, I was
not discouraged at all about the attendance; nor was Bob Gill who is the
Director of this ministry of getting the MetroWest area churches
together for prayer. We never had better weather for one of these
services and the temperature inside Philadelphia Baptist was not too hot
and not too cold but JUST RIGHT!
Due to some logistical
issues, this prayer service had to be held on a Thursday night. I think
that may have been an issue. All of the previous prayer services were
on Friday nights and I think Fridays works better for most people.
THE ATMOSPHERE WAS VERY POSITIVE, "PUMPED UP", CHRIST-CENTERED, FAITH FILLED, AND VERY ENJOYABLE!
A few weeks ago as I was thinking and praying about exactly WHAT format
to use for the May 29 service, the Lord reminded me of a format we used
several times when I was pastoring (and I originally learned about this
format from my friend Pastor Phil in Mendon.) I printed up 12 areas of
prayer focus (with supporting Scriptures) on a sheet of paper and
photocopied it. We passed those out last night. We spent about 3-7
minutes on each area, with various ones praying aloud for each area of
prayer focus and all of us agreeing in prayer... we focused on
"EVANGELISM", "REVIVAL", "DELIVERANCE", "YOUTH", and eight other areas.
That format has worked well for me in the past, but I was concerned
that it COULD "fall flat" and even become boring. I spent much time
praying about this ahead of time and I believe the Lord gave me lots of
specific direction about how to LEAD this prayer meeting. I give God
the Glory: IT WENT VERY WELL and was not at all boring! We really had
the sense that we were "doing business for God" in the unseen realms,
and I believe WE WERE!!
Bob Gill opened this service by playing
some great worship music on CD over the church's sound system, and he
closed with a really "cranked up" song over the sound system!
started the service at 7:05 and we totally wrapped it up at 9:10.
Honestly, I left physically tired BUT emotionally and spiritually
refreshed, and knowing God had really "come through" for us!
Now, I called this an "EPILOGUE" but it is NOT a "last word" on the "United Prayer Services" (only on LAST NIGHT'S service)!!
The next one of these "United Prayer Services" will be on Friday
evening, June 27; starting at 7. At this point, the location is "TO BE
ANNOUNCED". Please mark that date and time on your calendar and please
plan to attend. You'll be hearing more about it soon.
I am not sure what the format will be on June 27- honestly, I will be sincerely seeking the Lord for direction about this.
God bless you,
(You're welcome to pass on this information to others!)
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