I’ll be the first to admit it, Wednesdays are the longest day of the week for me. It’s a full day of study, meetings, and counseling with the added service at night. Due to the schedule I don’t even come home on Wednesdays. It’s often best for me to just stay in the office until our Prayer Service at 7:00pm. I can’t really explain it. I feel more tired on Wednesdays, and that “two o’clock” feeling hits me harder than other days. I can’t speak for you, but It’s just a long, tiring day for me personally.
It may be for that very reason (the exhaustion of the day) that I need the mid-week Prayer Service all the more. As tired as I may be coming into the Prayer Service every Wednesday, when I leave I am always refreshed, restored, and ready to face the rest of the week.
Here’s why I need the weekly Prayer Service, even though Wednesday is my longest and most tiring day of the week:
I AM ENERGIZED BY SEEKING GOD’S PRESENCE.
It never fails. When I walk through the door at 6:30pm and begin my season of prayer, the presence of God energizes me. During our Prayer Service I’m focused on God’s presence, not so much chatting about sports, the weather, and politics. And when I leave there is an energy God gives me as we have spent time with Him. It’s special and needful!
I AM STRENGTHENED BY THE UNITY OF OUR CHURCH.
I can’t tell you enough how strengthened my walk with the Lord is when I watch our church sacrifice time during the week to prioritize prayer. It is truly the heart of Acts 4:24, “They lifted up their voice to God with one accord.” It’s unifying to come together and pray, and I am strengthened by it. If you attend our prayer service weekly, please know that your participation is a blessing to my heart and strengthening to my spirit! I hope you can say the same.
I AM HELPED BY PRAYING TOGETHER WITH OTHERS.
I absolutely LOVE praying together with our church family. As tired as I am on Wednesdays, I leave that service helped. I am helped as we bear one another’s burdens in prayer, and I am helped as others bear my burdens in prayer. I never take for granted those who come to me for personal prayer, nor those who offer to pray over me. Praying with others prior to the service is one of my highlights of the week as a pastor. I may come in dragging, but I leave helped!
I AM ENCOURAGED BY GOD’S WORD BEING TAUGHT.
The focus of our Prayer Service is exactly that – prayer. However, we do take time in God’s Word. Right now, we are teaching through the book of Psalms. We just recently finished Psalm 23 and will go on to Psalm 24 next week. It is so encouraging to hear from God’s Word on a Wednesday night. Whether it be for 15 minutes or 25 minutes, I am encouraged by God’s Word during our Prayer Service. God always gives us something unique and special through His Word.
I AM EXCITED MY KIDS ARE LEARNING AND GROWING.
The Prayer Service in the auditorium isn’t the only thing going on during the mid-week service. One of the most exciting parts of our children’s ministry takes place every Wednesday with our Awana Clubs. My kids absolutely LOVE it. Even though Kathleen and I are so exhausted, tired, and dragging to get to church on Wednesdays, I wouldn’t sacrifice one minute the precious learning my kids are experiencing during Awana. I wouldn’t trade that excitement and growth for anything. Kathleen and I are so glad that we push a little harder so that our kids can enjoy these precious moments on Wednesday nights.
I AM EAGER FOR SUNDAY TO COME.
I don’t know how else to really say it, but by the time it has all finished it just leaves me wanting more. It prepares me for the weekend of ministry ahead. It brings anticipation for what the Lord is going to do on Sunday when we gather three more times around His Word and around His throne. I need the Prayer Service, because it prepares me for the Sunday to come.
I’d be misleading if I suggested Wednesdays were easy. They’re not easy, and you’re not the only one exhausted. We are too! My wife works hard just to get three kids out of the door and to church on time. It takes a lot of diligence and coffee to get me ready for the service after a long day. To be honest…the traffic on 485 between the church and my house…that’s enough to make you…well, you know. The point is, Wednesdays are hard, tiresome, and long, but for me Wednesdays are needful. I am thankful that our church gathers faithfully during the week to hear from God and to share our burdens in a special service devoted to prayer.