This past Friday night we hosted an all night men’s prayer meeting. I wish I could adequately express what the Lord did through the night; however, I can’t seem to find the words to fully describe how the presence of God met with us. Over 40 of our men came together in the spirit of Lamentations 2:19 – “Arise, cry out in the night: in the beginning of the night watches pour out thine heart like water before the face of the Lord: lift up thy hands toward him.”
I recently wrote a post answering the question, “Why an all night prayer meeting?” You can read it here. Today’s post is more along the lines of the process we had in conducting the all night prayer meeting. So, here are a few thoughts and things we learned:
I’m looking forward to our upcoming all night prayer meeting for the men of our church. The Lord put this in my heart several months ago as we have continued our journey in becoming a genuine house of prayer. I’m asking the men of our church to join me for this special and serious time of seeking the Lord. I know many might wonder, “Why an ALL NIGHT prayer meeting? Isn’t our Wednesday prayer service enough? What about all the time we spend every Sunday in prayer before God?”
There have been many occasions in Scripture where people of God sacrificed something in order to prove the sincerity and faith of their prayers. In fact, this is the purpose of fasting. Depriving oneself of food without committing to serious times of prayer just results in starving. However, when we fast and pray we gain the attention of heaven (Matthew 17:21).
There are times in our lives we need to show the Lord how committed and serious we are in relation to our prayers. Consider these times when men of God sacrificed sleep in order to prove the seriousness of their prayer:
We’ve had an unusual amount of people in our church relocate out of Charlotte this year due to transitions with their jobs and families. Consequently, I’ve been asked this question a lot, “What church should I join?” It’s a great question and one that many spend little time giving much prayer and thought. Whether you are relocating to a new city or looking for a new church home, it’s important to know what kind of church to which you should belong. So, what type of church should I join? Let’s use Acts 2:41-47 to help determine the answer to one of the most important questions in a Christian’s life.
→ Join a church that is Bible-centered and doctrinally sound.
Acts 2:41-42 – Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls, And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread.
- “Do they believe and teach the Bible as the inspired, inerrant Word of God?”
- “How do they preach ‘his word’? Is it driven by stories, opinions, and psychology, or is it saturated by the Scriptures?”
- “Are people invited to be saved and baptized regularly? Is there a plea for Christians to evangelize others?”
- “Are they strong on the gospel and doctrine of Christ or is the gospel rarely mentioned?”
- “What do they believe about the Lord’s Supper? Is it a means to salvation or the worshipful response of saved people?”