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Nothing But Prayer and Worship


This week I chance to stop and worship God in an extended way for the first time in the last seven years. I spent four days with 75 other pastors in a Pastor’s Prayer Summit at a place called Wonderland Camp in Wisconsin. In my time I’ve been to many camps, conferences and retreats but never have I been to anything like a Prayer Summit. For four days—from Monday afternoon until Thursday noon—we met together with no agenda but worshipping God. There were no sermons, no bulletins, and no set program. We simply gathered in a large circle and waited for God to speak to us. Sometimes we sang together, sometimes we bowed in silent prayer, often we prayed together. On Tuesday the leaders put a chair in the middle of the circle and offered pastors a chance to ask for prayer for their personal needs. I personally saw pastors weeping over their sins and grown men embracing each other with words of healing and forgiveness.


It was an awesome experience for me personally. But as I look back, I realize that I was so wound up when I got there that it took me two days to relax enough to enjoy it. And about the time I starting getting in the swing of things, it was time to go home.


On our last night there, someone spontaneously prayed, “Lord, wouldn’t it be great if what happened here could happen everyday to every man when we go back home.” It would be great, wouldn’t it? Why can’t we have an experience with God every day? Whatever answer you give to that question, just remember that God is not the problem. He’s always ready to meet you any time of the day or night.


As with so many other areas of life, the problem is within us. We’re too busy to hear God’s voice. We’re running so hard and so fast that God would have to shout to get our attention. Sometimes that’s what he does. He shouts through pain or opposition or sickness or disappointment and suddenly, we begin to hear his voice.


It doesn’t have to be that way. God always speaks loud enough for a listening ear to hear.

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