Church's not-so-hidden-gem

 
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Do you want gospel-centered church relationships (John 17:23)? Do you long to see more of God? Do you want to please him?

I’ve felt all those things at various points, and I discovered all the answers on a Tuesday evening. At the prayer meeting.

Here’s why.

It strengthens relationships

Listening to other people speak to the God you love, breathing out the same sentiments in your heart is encouraging.

Their passion for God rouses your own passion.

And those relationships suddenly become stronger because you know that you’re both a part of that intimate relationship with the Lord (1 Corinthians 12:27).

It shows God more clearly

To know a friend fully, you need to see them with other friends. C. S. Lewis says it better:

In each of my friends there is something that only some other friend can fully bring out. By myself I am not large enough to call the whole man into activity…

It’s the same with God. Knowing him together in prayer produces a clearer view of him, ‘for every soul, seeing Him in her own way, doubtless communicates that unique vision to all the rest.’

It pleases God

And, after all, what puts a bigger smile on God’s face than the sight of his children on their knees together?

Those prayers are like incense before him (Revelation 8:4) because they declare to the world that he is dependable and precious. More dependable than our own strength and more precious than other evening plans.

I’ll be the first to admit, I don’t go as often as I should. So why not resolve to go more with me?

At those prayer meetings, we can experience true connection with other Christians, see more of God, and best of all, please him.

 
 

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