Tuesday, May 17, 2011

The Power of Prayer

We have had some tough days in our church lately. Our style of music is trying to change and some people just do not want that to happen. I respect their opinion. I do. And I understand that change is hard (see here for a recap on change). I also understand that change without the approval of God will never happen, regardless of which side of the fence you are on.

Our precious, God-fearing pastor asked us Wednesday night to pray for the next seven days for this issue of music. Sunday in church we were told we would not be singing any congregational songs (and we didn't). Instead we would pray. The choir did sing. Oh. My. Word. They threw down!

This is the song they sang:

Hands were raised, tears were falling, the presence of God was so evident in that place! We had been praying for 4 days and He did not disappoint. We are still on our knees asking for unity and oneness and I am praying believing He WILL DO IT!


Prayer is falling on our face before a perfect and Holy Lord.
Prayer is what brings a congregation together to live in one accord.
Prayer is our mission in order to bring the church together as one.
Prayer opens up the floodgate to the power of God’s own Son.
Prayer cradles us safely in the loving arms of God.
Prayer carves out the very path upon which our feet will trod.
Prayer takes a group of people whose thoughts differ day by day.
And brings that group together to show the world He is the only way.
Prayer settles our troubled hearts and washes us clean with His perfect peace.
Prayer gives us back our focus as His Heart and Face we seek.
Prayer grows our faith and trust in the only fixer of our lives.
Prayer unites the world no matter the language, the land or the tribe.
Prayer shakes the church’s core and abolishes our sinful man.
Prayer is humbling our very soul and doing whatever He says that we can.
Prayer gives us confidence when we’re tossed on the stormy seas.
Prayer gives us the strength to take a stand, when we fall to our knees.

These are our college students surrounding our pastor before church began on Sunday!

Won't you join us in praying for this?

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1 comment:

  1. "worship wars." been there done that.

    so sorry.

    here is what i have learned (and i've been the one fighting to have what i thought was the worship God desired), "worship happens." it doesn't matter what style of music it is, the order of the service, anything... worship happens!

    it's not about me. it's about Him.

    once our old pastor said, for the older members to look at the younger as we sang praise songs, to watch us worship, and vise-versa as they sang hymns. we began delighting in our fellow family members as they worshiped. that became worship. God exalted.

    another thing...
    there is no such thing as christian music, just christian lyrics. all music is Gods. He has no preference.

    (oh look you got me all heated up).

    One week at a time. One Sunday at a time. no agenda, but being about God's business...the entire time.
    (this from someone who has been about her own business).

    worship takes on different forms for different people. praise God we are all so uniquely created in His image. He isn't limited to one worship style... the Holy Spirit is the most creative source in the universe. we as individuals need to tap into that/Him.

    worship isn't just for Sunday, it's a lifestyle.
    Romans 1-2 (The Message)
    So here's what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don't become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You'll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.

    (hmmm, have i said enough)

    and now for you my friend, don't let this become a distraction from your worship of the One true God. don't let this become an idol in your own life. Fix your eyes on Him, enter His gates with thanksgiving in your heart.

    "worship is the highest occupation of any person" (max lucado). i pray you continue to do your job of worshiping God everyday for His glory well!

    okay, i'm stepping off my soapbox now.