Friday, 28 May 2010

Prayer to the power of 10!

I was reading the book of Acts this morning (oops actually I was listening to the book of Acts, you know the Bible Experience, thank God for technology) and God reminded me something about ministry. It doesn't matter what ministry you serve in, be it Sunday School (Lord help those teachers...some of those kids need deliverance),Ushering, Choir, Media or whatever. If you do it for the sake of doing it, you will be just wasting yours and everybody else's time. For example, if you usher people without the unction of God upon your life, people will just see a person showing them to their seat, nothing more and nothing less. Same thing with the choir, your songs will be just songs which will not encourage or do anything for anyone.

What gives our service and ministry power to change lives?
The fact of the matter is people, we need to prayerfully conduct ministration and ask God to fill us afresh with the Holy Spirit. That's why it's important in our private prayer life to pray for God to anoint us and fill us with His Holy Spirit so that we can be a powerful vessel in our area of ministry to touch lives. It's also very important for people to arrive early before service and pray as a ministerial department because we need a corporate Anointing of God upon whatever we're doing. So lets say goodbye to those days of trickling into church long after people have can always catch up with your friends after church...rather than before church!

Acts 2:4 says they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and started speaking in different tongues. (para)
Peter began to speak to the people with boldness which I'm sure surprised those around him and himself. Remember this is the same guy that had denied Jesus not too long before that.
The bible says in Acts 2:37 that after hearing Peter's sermon, the people were cut to the heart and they asked him "What shall we do?"
He then told them to repent and be baptized. It wasn't his fancy suit or his cute accent that did it.Neither was it merely charm. No - it was the power of the Holy Spirit at work in the hearts and minds of the people listening as he spoke. I think the conviction must have been so strong they could not resist...
Jesus promised in Acts 1:8 that once the Holy Spirit has come He shall give us power to witness....and greater works than these, we can do.

Bros and Gals, we need that power to be able to do anything effectively for God. We need to come to a time when a choir will minister and people will want to give their lives to Christ immediately. It can happen guys, all we need to do is to be of one mind and allow the Holy Spirit to work in our midst.

Let's be an anointed, praying generation and yield ourselves to God. He has so much He wishes to accomplish through us, if only we will allow Him to work in our midst. Lets cry out for the Holy Spirit to rain down on us....
The time for playing church is over, lets go out there and shake things up!

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