Is this the most common phrase spoken at the mid-week prayer gathering of the Lord Jesus Christ tonight?
“Who cares what the Spirit says to the church, we have things to do tonight.”
It may not be said everywhere across the land. Likely nobody would say it quite like this… attendees know better, and non-attendees don’t even know what’s happening; but is it what’s being communicated by most? Is it really what’s being said while activity of the night treats prayer as an interruption?
The church is currently teaching a generation that prayer is something people used to do, but we are better now and don’t need to do that any more. Unless repentance of this happens soon, we will leave church life to a generation of people who know nothing of prayer.
This is how Jesus said it (Revelation 3:17-18) to the church at Laodicea…
“Because you say, “I am rich, and have become wealthy, and have need of nothing,” and you do not know that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked, I advise you to buy from Me gold refined by fire so that you may become rich, and white garments so that you may clothe yourself, and that the shame of your nakedness will not be revealed; and eye salve to anoint your eyes so that you may see.”
Is it that only wretched, miserable, poor, blind and naked people trust God? It is an amazing invitation to “buy” from God “gold refined by fire” so that we may become “rich”, but may I never forget that the invitation to do so was from my wretched, miserable, poor, blind, naked [completely bankrupt] condition and that which I became “rich” in was due to Christ not me.
We have increased our appetite for what we can do and have little desire among us any longer for what only God can do.
May the church once again hear what the Spirit says to the churches. May we see once again the Holiness of God in Christ. May we once again consider our richness is not in our strength, but Christs’.