There are some people who have spiritual, moral and character greatness. They are faithful to God in church attendance, they pay their tithe and give offerings above that, they serve in ministry, and volunteer for various noble causes.
But do you know many people who are willing to rise before their sleep is finished just to pray?
This was the challenge Rachel Kuhn gave our congregation last night when talking about missions.
A Pastor in South America would thank God for the 30 people who were in the congregation, annually. The second year, someone died, so there were 29 people in the congregation. The next year, a baby was born so there were again 30 people. He asked God , why isn’t the church growing? God told him to pray. Ask other people of the congregation to pray. At 4:00 AM every day!
So he did and a few people of the congregation also prayed at 4 AM.
Then the Lord began to do extreme things. The congregation grew in an amazing way, year after year. A few decades later, there are 15, 000 people attending the many services scattered throughout the day and evening.
I like hearing stories of God moving through lives because someone had a burning desire to do his will.. Stories that encourage others to seek fervently the face of God. Anyone want to join me ? Agreeing in prayer everyday at 4 AM for the growth of the Christian church, for the revival we so desperately need in America, for our loved ones and neighbors to live in the abundance of Christ or to come to Christ.
Howard Russell was kind enough to take a picture of the candles that adorned the altar this past Sunday. Go Light the World. We are called to do just that.