It’s been said that vision always starts with the right questions. As we venture out into 2014, there are at least two questions we should take some time to reflect upon:
- How is my city?
- How is my church?
Do we want to know?
The Old Testament book of Nehemiah is centered on the rebuilding effort of the city of Jerusalem following years of Babylonian exile and captivity. In the opening chapter, Nehemiah learns of the desperate condition of the city. Verse 3 offers this concise report, the wall is broken down and its gates are destroyed by fire. I think Nehemiah’s first response to the brokenness of the city of Jerusalem is instructive to us. His first response was prayer, seeking God’s help. It’s where we need to start as well.
Whenever I think about prayer, I always return to the words of author and Pastor John Piper who articulates the need for prayer so well. Why pray? We exist to do things that can’t be done without God’s special, supernatural grace. Think about the things that matter most – new birth, conviction for sin, faith in Christ, forgiveness, warm hearted devotion to Jesus, intensity in worship, boldness- we can’t produce any of these things. These things are birthed and sustained through prayer.
This coming Sunday night, January 19, will be a concert of prayer here at Elim.
We will gather as a church to acknowledge that we exist to do things that cannot be done without God’s supernatural action.