I am so excited! At midnight tomorrow night we will kick-off 24 hours of continuous prayer at BCC. We will join with other believers from around the country in humbling ourselves before the throne of God and interceding for our friends, neighbors, community, nation, and world.
As I read Scripture I see two things very clearly. 1) God calls us to pray. Many of you know the Scripture from 2 Chronicles 7,
14 if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land. 15 Now my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayers offered in this place. (2 Chronicles 7:14-15 NIV)
Or maybe you have read God’s Word to His people in Jeremiah’s day.
3 ‘Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.’ (Jeremiah 33:3 NIV)
God calls us to pray. He knows that we face difficulties and He knows that He has the answers to what ails us. For us to find peace in the midst of the storm we must go to Him in prayer.
The second thing that I see so clearly in God’s Word is this: 2) Things happen when God’s people pray. The illustrations from Scripture are endless, but let me show you just one. In 2 Chronicles, the enemies of God’s people in Judah were too strong, too power, and too numerous. Instead of meeting in the “War Room” and coming up with a strategy, King Jehosophat went to God. He prayed.
12 O our God, will you not judge them? For we have no power to face this vast army that is attacking us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are upon you.” 13 All the men of Judah, with their wives and children and little ones, stood there before the LORD. (2 Chronicles 20:12-13 NIV)
When God’s people prayed, God answered. He reassured them of His presence. He consoled their fears. He reminded them that their enemies were not “God.” He established them in the land. God showed up. Here is the message He had delivered to the king.
15 He said: “Listen, King Jehoshaphat and all who live in Judah and Jerusalem! This is what the LORD says to you: ‘Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s. (2 Chronicles 20:15 NIV)
He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Our problems are no more than those who have gone before us, but we must follow in their footsteps and fall on our knees in humility as we cry out to God. I hope you will join me beginning at midnight tomorrow night.
In His Steps,