Over the last few years I’ve made a radical shift in what are my priorities as a pastor.
What’s the shift?
Prayer has become my priority.
Why has prayer become my priority?
Because my life has been changed by the power of prayer.
In 2012, I attended the Prayer Encounter at Crossroads Tabernacle in Ft. Worth, Texas and to say that God wrecked me would be the single greatest understatement of my life.
God set me free of my fears.
God healed the carpal tunnel that had developed in my left hand.
IGod allowed me to experience His presence like never before.
And now, I just want others to have that same experience, because I believe if they do, they’ll never settle for anything less and The Church will be radically transformed.
Here are 3 things that happen when The Church prays:
The Church becomes filled with His presence.
I believe we are either filled with Jesus or we are full of ourselves.
When The Church prays God begins dealing with pride, anger, unforgiveness, and apathy. In other words, God begins to deal with sin and cleanse His Bride.
People become broken.
Altars become full.
Lives are changed.
All because of His presence.
The Church becomes passionate about those far from God.
The churched, unchurched, and dechurched become a priority not just on paper or in a mission statement, but in action and deed because The a Church realizes that The Mission of God is what matters most.
And so The Church continually cries out to God asking Him to move in their lives, asking Him to give them peace, asking Him to help them, asking Him to draw them closer to Him.
Things begin to happen.
And by things, I mean things that cannot be explained other than God is answering the prayers of His Church.
Over the last few weeks at the church I pastor, God has been doing incredible things.
Several have given their lives to Jesus.
A woman who has been wheelchair bound for several years has been walking on her own.
A woman with shoulder trouble has no more pain.
Someone who has lived their whole life battling depression is filled with joy for the first time in their life.
There’s a lot of things that I don’t know.
But there’s one thing I do know.
Prayer will always be a priority.
And prayer changes everything.