Let Praises Fill His Temple – Reflection on 4/9 Church Building Joint Prayer Meeting

Let Praises Fill His Temple – Reflection on 4/9 Church Building Joint Prayer Meeting

The second joint prayer meeting for the new building project was held in our main sanctuary on April 9th, the second Friday of April. That evening, 39 people showed up to pray. At precisely 7:30pm, our prayer chair, brother John Chang led the entire worship team on stage, awaiting God to come into our midst. The prayer meeting started with joyful singing of “All Praise and Worship Belongs to Our God”. All who came with the burden of the workweek were able to shed their loads and freely worship God, dancing and smiling. The congregation continued to worship God with more songs, being led by John in prayer to confess, to be cleansed, to seek, and to give thanks. Pastor Lam gave short messages to ignite everyone’s faith and passion. During the small group time, the MC used PowerPoint to share prayer requests, allowing groups of 2 and 3 people to pray more effectively. The requests were not restricted to the building project itself, but included the enlargement and the needs of God’s kingdom. The first prayer request was for the extension of the Good News, to pray for those in authority, for repentance and revival in America, and specifically revival for the church. We also focused on church unity, spiritual building, and renewal. The last prayer item was for the missionaries that we support, for all the ministries on site, Sunday schools, and church members with physical, spiritual, and emotional needs. The meeting ended in singing “I believe in your grace, I believe in your power, I believe in your perfect wisdom – I believe in You!” I believe that all who attended the meeting were deeply touched.

The Israelites were terrified of the Philistines because of their physical prowess and aggression. All, that is, except 17 year old David. He was indignant hearing Goliath mock His God, and he courageously fought the giant by faith (I Samuel 17). God used a willing shepherd boy, and a sling and stone, to defeat the Philistines. God can accomplish His purposes if even one person is willing to surrender to Him fully. No one has experienced God’s power the way David had. Wouldn’t God want to use all the Israelites to gain victory over the Philistines? However, everyone else was afraid of the enemy and missed the opportunity to experience God’s mighty hands. God can accomplish His plans even without money or people, but He wants to include us. He wants to see more of His people trust and obey Him so they will receive His blessings.

Near the end of the prayer meeting, John said “I don’t know about you all, but I sure enjoyed today’s prayer gathering!”  Perhaps that’s how God feels. He enjoys how our voices and singing fill His temple. He delights in seeing His people gather to worship, pray and seek Him. He wants more of us to join in. Those who attended the prayer meeting gave up their Friday night, their time with family, or their meals. They instead came into His sanctuary to pray according to His will. What they will receive is blessing and renewal of the soul. Every second Friday of the month is the joint prayer meeting for our new building project. I encourage all the small groups to join the prayer meeting in lieu of their regular gatherings. I hope the Lord will see more of His people seek Him in unison next month. Let us build a church that glorifies the Lord and exemplifies His power.