I know its been awhile since I’ve last wrote. Let me apologize for that. I know many of you have visited and reread a lot of my posts. Many of you have asked when I will start posting again. Its been a hectic few months. While that is NO excuse, I emphasize..its been a hectic few months with moving my family to Alabama, traveling for 6 non-stop weekends for ministry or family-related things.
Tonight, for the first time as a representative of the Deaf Ministries of Alabama, I got the first chance to experience what the Alabama Baptist State Convention was all about. We met in Daphne, Alabama which is near the southern end of Alabama.
The theme was “P.R.A.Y.” which was inspiring for me because if you don’t already know…I am what most people call a “prayer warrior.” The convention broke it down into four simple areas:
- Pardon us for our sin
- Renew a right spirit within us
- Accept our adoration and praise
- Yoke us together in sacrifice and service
All of the sessions were focused on prayer and renewal.
Tonight…. was different for me.
As I sat in tonight’s session, Brother Ronnie Floyd released a message that challenged me in a way that I’ve never experienced before in any other non-Deaf conference.
First question out of him was “What is the number one issue that Alabama is experiencing in the ministry field?” My head starting rolling out ideas such as discipleship, willingness to serve, people not giving enough money to the church, accountability, etc.
And then we read from Acts 1. Specifically in Acts 1:4 which says,
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and your will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all of Judea, and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
Think about that for a minute….”but you WILL receive POWER…”
How often do we try to do things WITHOUT His power? How do we get this power? Theres a method thats described in Acts 1:14. It says:
“All those with one accord were devoting themselves to prayer…”
If you read before and after that…you will learn that for 10 days straight…with 120 people….with one another….like-minded….they PRAYED
120 people….10 days straight…..1 mission….PRAYER
I am amazed by that…our churches have been missing the point of ministry. We cannot and SHOULD not be doing ministry UNLESS we start with prayer.
God can do more in a moment’s time more that you can do in your whole lifetime!
So…lets pause for a moment….and ponder on that…
If we pray with a heart on fire to serve Him, we will receive His power!