As a part of the 24/7 Prayer Canadian National team... we're participating in the amazing "Unite Canada 2010" initiative where individuals, churches and prayer organizations are joining forces to cover Canada in prayer 24/7... 365 this year. I wrote this for their website today... thought I'd share.
Hello there Canada! My name is Dave Carrol from Brantford Ontario (we call it the City of God) and I’m a part of the 24/7 Prayer National leadership team.
As we’re praying together as a nation, I wanted to pose a few questions for us to think about… or while we’re at… pray about. How much do we really trust what God says in prayer to lead our physical actions? When was the last time was that THIS day’s actions were directly dictated by YESTERDAY’S word from God? When was the last time that those actions made no practical sense? When was the last time that following the nudging from an invisible man in the sky… cost us something tangible?
I get to help lead a wonderful church called Freedom House in Brantford. When we planted it close to 7 years ago, we decided that we were going to make our decisions the hard way. Through prayer. Quite literally from when it comes to finances, buildings, ministries, and the direction of our actions as an active body of believers… our leadership team will sit together in prayer and let God speak to us collectively. We’ll let Him share what He wants with each of us, and then we’ll share it together. We’ll even ask Him ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ questions… and then we’ll simply do what He says.
Truthfully… sometimes it’s scary when the answer He gives isn’t what we expected or it’s one that doesn’t seem to fit into OUR grand plan. But in these scenarios, even when He’s just download ‘cost’ to us, there is an incredible peace that comes with it.
I love how The Message translates the prophesy talk in 1 Corinthians:
“Take your turn, no one person taking over. Then each speaker gets a chance to say something special from God, and you all learn from each other. If you choose to speak, you’re also responsible for how and when you speak. When we worship the right way, God doesn’t stir us up into confusion; he brings us into harmony. This goes for all the churches—no exceptions.”
Oh there’s one more thing we prayery people should remember. Since we’ve chosen to interact consistently with the King of Kings, we need to understand that God is on the lookout for those who are listening. And it’s because He has things for us to do.
Revelations 2:7 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, I will give the right to eat from the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.
Prophetic people have a long, lustrous spiritual career of… ummm… interesting tasks. Like laying on their side making fires out of poo (see Ezekiel), marrying prostitutes (see Hosea), and being tasked with interpreting the on-goings of creatures with more eyeballs than then creatures should have (Dr. John on this one). With this as our heritage, and with the understanding that His goal have His Kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven… we really SHOULD be prepared for God to speak to us. I mean REALLY speak with the intention that we’ll REALLY hear and we’ll REALLY do it, so that we’ll FULLY play our designed role in His REALLY good plan.
So… what’s He saying Canada?