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1000 Hours of Prayer…a discipleship opportunity

As I’ve mentioned over the past couple of weeks, the Summit is in the midst of a Mission Expansion Project we are calling “Believe.” Now, what we are calling ourselves to “believe” is very important. We are calling one another to Believe that God is able to do great things for his glory through us as a church. And we are recognizing that Belief unlocks the power of God. I can think of two tangible ways belief is expressed.

1) We give radically of our resources to this cause because we believe God gave those resources to us for the purpose of making disciples of all nations (Matt 28:20)
2) We pray to God as an act of belief in the reality that it is not our own efforts that change peoples lives, but God’s power that does so. When we pray, we get ourselves out of the way and in effect begin to unlock the power of God in our lives.

In 1 Kings 18:20-40 the account of Elijah confronting the prophets of Baal is told. This account is a good depiction of the two claims I just made above. I wont tell you the whole story here because Id rather you go read it for yourself. But Elijah does two things to show the power of the LORD and his existence as the only true God.
1) he builds a pretty elaborate altar. I know, this is not a direct correlation. stop being cynical and hear me out. He creates a scenario where no one but God can be given credit for what will happen. He does something radical, fully convinced that God will use it for his glory. Jesus does the same thing in Matthew 14 where he uses 5 loaves and 2 fish to feed a crowd of several thousand. Do you think Jesus, the God of the universe, was surprised by the shortage of food? No, he was using a circumstance to create a scenario where no one but God could be given credit for what would happen. Just like Elijah, when we believe we will as William Carey said “attempt great things for God, expect great things from God.”

2) He Prays for God to do something. He calls out to God to and says “let it be known that you are God in Israel…Answer me that this people may know that you, O LORD, are God and that you have turned their hearts back.” What a model for prayer for us! Elijah has an understanding that this scenario is not about the cool altar he built, but about PEOPLE TURNING THEIR HEARTS BACK TO GOD! Sorry for the caps but that is what our entire BELIEVE project is about: people.

Over the next two weeks if you are a part of the Summit Church you have the very sacred privelege of participating in our corporate cry of belief to God as we ask him to make himself known in Raleigh-Durham and the rest of the triangle area. Pray with us. we have 1000 slots, 1 hr each, and you get to take one. So do I. For one hour you get to intercede for the people of RDU just as Elijah did. You get to participate in God’s ongoing grand salvation mission. Wow. my heart is actually racing faster as I type this. partly due to the early AM java.

If you are a small group leader, I mean, does a discipleship opportunity get much better or easier? Wow. Sign up here

  1. Lori Smoot
    February 16, 2009 at 12:03 am

    Oh to have an entire city of people turn their hearts back to God!

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