I think I am as guilty as most in failing to stop enough. Life is ‘busy, busy’ and everything conspires to keep us busy and thinking that if not, we are not achieving anything. But the Kingdom of God works differently!
‘But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.’ Luke 5:16
13th – 15th March, I had the privilege of spending three days at the annual conference of theWorld Prayer Centre in Swanwick, Derbyshire. Admittedly the programme a full one, but it still provided welcome space to stop, listen and to breathe.
God is presently doing something incredibly significant. Up and down our nation, men and women are hearing the call to unite in prayer, in relationship one with another, all mixed with the empowering breath of Holy Spirit blowing into and through them. Age is no barrier. One of the most enthusiastic Spirit filled people I met whilst away was an 83 year old Anglican man!
We are all being called back to New Testament Christianity. Immediately after Pentecost, when Holy Spirit so dramatically fell and after 3000 were added to the number of Believers in Jesus, we read in Acts 2:42-47:
42 They joined with the other believers in regular attendance at the apostles’ teaching sessions and at the Communion services and prayer meetings.
43 A deep sense of awe was on them all, and the apostles did many miracles.
44 And all the believers met together constantly and shared everything with each other, 45 selling their possessions and dividing with those in need. 46 They worshiped together regularly at the Temple each day, met in small groups in homes for Communion, and shared their meals with great joy and thankfulness, 47 praising God. The whole city was favorable to them, and each day God added to them all who were being saved.
There is no mention here, or later in the New Testament of ‘denominations’, different ‘practices’ or ‘traditions’ legitimately emerging. All the Believers were ‘one’ and this was how Jesus intended it. (Where we see subsequent evidence of Believers falling into error and dis-unity, it was spoken against and often severely dealt with!).
The early church was drenched in true agape love and real authentic relationships, based only around the truth of Jesus Christ Crucified and all he had taught. These same truths which are now represented within the Bible, the Living Word of God and only true authority and guide for Christians to live out their lives.
Do you want to see a powerful Revival in Great Britain and beyond? It is coming, maybe sooner than you think? But will you be too busy with life and all your church stuff?
It’s time to stop, breathe in Holy Spirit, love others, read and know your Bible and pray like never before.
Bless you all.
Leader, Chelmsford 24-7 Prayer