Have you ever been in some situation in which the outcome or intent was obvious…I mean, like so obvious is was bordering laughable? Well, I had one of those experiences this weekend, but God was right in the middle of the obvious!
At the church where I lead worship, I had the service planned out and sent to the team by Monday evening for the Sunday coming up. While planning and asking God for direction, I became aware that God was leading me to place a time of prayer within the service. Now, before you jump to conclusions, what I mean is that I felt led to have an extended time of prayer. So, I placed it in the service where I sensed it would have the most effectiveness. On Tuesday, late in the evening, I received a text from a friend near Dallas asking if Kristi and I would be available to lead worship for a weekend event at their church for the upcoming Friday and Saturday. When I asked what the event was, my friend said…”a special time of prayer and seeking God’s face.” Well, I thought how cool it was that he wanted us to come lead worship for a prayer retreat and I had just the day before felt that I needed to lead a special time of prayer for my home church. We accepted and it was an awesome time of prayer and worship.
Now I will admit that Kristi and I are having some things going on in our lives and ministry that demands we spend a bit more time praying. Praying for healing, guidance, peace, and clarity to name a few of the petitions. So, with the invite and my own sense of needing more time to pray, I felt God was really telling us that we needed to spend, as Kristi put it, “some knee time.” However, I must admit that nothing seemed obvious to me or us in regard to the timing. Until that Saturday.
While we were still at the prayer retreat, my Pastor, who hadn’t yet checked the service I had sent earlier in the week, and didn’t know that I placed within the service a time of special prayer, texted me and said, “Joey, I feel we need to spend some time in prayer this Sunday. No message, just pray.” Now, I’m starting to get this overwhelming feeling that God is up to something way bigger than what I felt on that previous Monday.
Kristi and I flew back home from the prayer retreat and was able to do it all over again at our home church on Sunday morning. Once again, it was special and at this point, we knew that God was really wanting to get our attention and He wanted us to just PRAY! We did, and we are thankful for His leading at both the retreat and our worship service at home.
I was content at this point to believe that God had His hand in all of it and that His providence was leading many more people that just myself to pray and seek His face. I felt that while I wasn’t sure what the outcome of these special times were going to be, I was certain that we had followed the Spirit’s leading and that God would do what God wanted to do through us and in us. But there was more…
When we got home from church Sunday afternoon, a Facebook post by my niece’s husband, who is the Student Pastor of a church about an hour or so away, showed a picture of what the Sunday service at THEIR church was going to be. I’ll give you three guesses what it was and the first two don’t count! It was a special PRAYER SERVICE!!!! Are you kidding me???? This now has crossed over to the area of blowing my mind. So, what’s the point of this blog? Isn’t is obvious??? PRAY!!!!
“…I’ll show up and take care of you as I promised and bring you back home. I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out-plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for. When you call on me, when you come and pray to me, I’ll listen.” (Jer. 29:11 MSG)