in the middle of several really moving times of prayer.
Last Monday, KidWorks, a local non-profit in the heart of Santa Ana
hosted a prayer walk around their facility. It was sobering to see foreclosure signs,
gang activity and a school that looks like a prison. In the midst of these sad scenes, I had the honor to join fellow pastors and KidWorks staff and pray for the neighborhood as we walked around it. I am so proud of KidWorks and what they mean to the community in Santa Ana. It is an honor to be a small support through prayer to these guys.
Monday evening, Marie and I hosted a prayer night at the Crisis Pregnancy Clinic where she works. Fourteen of us prayed through each of the rooms of the clinic, praying for the girls and guys who would step into the clinic in the coming days, praying for the staff to be protected from discouragement and weariness and praying for the funds that small non-profits such as this one are in desperate need of in this sketchy economy.
Tuesday morning, the staff at Calvary spent time praying in and throughout the main worship center of the Church. There is something so cool about praying for a space/room and for the people that will inhabit it, in advance of them coming. Even though the people of Calvary will never know of our prayer time, I pray that God uses the prayers of Tuesday, to work in and among the people of our Church.
Tuesday Night, a group of us met up early before the Young Adult Gathering at Calvary at prayed for each other, the group and for our upcoming events. I came into the prayer time, so anxious and weary after a long day. This time of prayer was so gripping as I felt God just take a weight off my shoulders and replace my anxiousness with peace and joy. That night, I believe we had one of the best Young Adult Gatherings in a long time. How prayer changes things!
Wednesday, I was part of a community coalition put together by Focus on the Family. This Colorado based organization is looking at ways to help strengthen families in Orange County and brought together several leaders in the Christian community to dialogue with and learn about what is needed in Orange County. I had the opportunity to sit next to the spokesperson for Prop 8, the famous definition of marriage proposition from last November's election. He has faced a fire storm in this past year for defending the definition of marriage between a man and women, and I found myself simply praying for him as we sat in the meeting, knowing that he must be exhausted from the past year of elections and now lawsuits.
Thursday, was our monthly "brainstorm" for Calvary's Elevation service. We try to prayerfully prepare the worship services 6 to 8 weeks out, in order to allow for creativity, teamwork, organization and excellence. Today, Eric Wakeling, our Executive Pastor at Calvary unveiled our sermon series for the rest of 2009 and for all of 2010! I am praying that God uses this new sermon series (Genesis) to radically challenge and transform our Church in the coming year.
The Humbling Truth
Despite my many opportunities to pray publicly and privately this week,
I remain such a rookie when it comes to prayer. I am lazy and undisciplined in my prayer life with Jesus. I had an entire class on Prayer at Talbot Seminary and wrote a 40 page paper on prayer last year and yet I still admit my weakeness of being a man of prayer.
"Lord help me!
May your power transform me from being a weak, lazy Christian,
to becoming a man who chases after you as a prayer warrior."