This new year is going to be one for the record books. I know this because I see the direction our church is headed. We, as the staff of Mt. Pleasant, have been discussing the importance of genuine discipleship and genuine prayer. As a result of these discussions we have decided to place special emphasis on the prayer meeting that takes place each Wednesday night.
Many may think that prayer meeting is boring and uneventful, but those who attend each week would tell you otherwise. In his book The Circle Maker, Mark Batterson talks about "long and boring prayers," and says that many miracles are the result of these types of prayers. He also says that many of us are not willing to love others in this manner, and we are not willing to go to this extent of spending many hours in boring prayer to see someone else delivered from their personal battles and difficulties in life. I share this because I believe that Wednesday night prayer meeting is accomplishing this very thing. Those who attend these prayer meetings understand that sometimes the only thing that can help someone else is long and boring prayer. No, it doesn't sound entertaining or fun, but it is exactly what we have been called to do. Mt. Pleasant is seeking to be a change-agent in the midst of a community that needs Jesus. We believe this change happens through one person at a time. We believe this change happens through one prayer at a time.
Susan is a member of Mt. Pleasant and explained why prayer meeting is so important to her. She said,
I attend prayer meeting because I believe prayer is a privilege that each child of God should practice. I also believe prayer is a responsibility that we should take seriously. But the main reason I pray and attend prayer meeting is because HE IS FAITHFUL! It is not our words or the one praying, it is Who we pray to.
Our individual prayers are important and often times they are some of the deepest needs and desires of our hearts. We should always have those personal times of prayer where we allow Him to speak to us and meet us in our needs. I also believe He desires His people to come together and pray cooperatively. This is the time we lift our brothers and sisters up in prayer and this prayer is powerful. We can pray on our own for our brothers and sisters, but there is just something about praying together. We have a time that we hear the specific prayer request then we lift them to our Heavenly Father, praying believing and praying His Will be done on earth as in heaven.
For me, prayer meeting is a vital part of my walk with the Lord! I receive encouragement and strength each week.
Maybe for you, prayer meeting is what has been missing in your walk with the Lord. Maybe you have been desiring to grow deeper in your prayer life, but you haven't known where to start. Look no further! Prayer meeting is where you should start. It is time to stop overlooking this vital ministry of our church and start diving in to what it really means to pray for and to be prayed for. It is time to start seeing the miracles that God is simply waiting to perform in your life.