I love Hillsong’s song, You Never Fail. The line that gets me is when I hear the church singing, “There is no one like our God, there’s no one like our God, there’s nothing that can stand against You…” It’s a great reminder of the uniqueness of our God. And according to the prophet Isaiah, one of the things that sets God apart from all others gods and spiritual leaders is that He acts when His people pray!
For since the beginning of the world men have not heard nor perceived by the ear, nor has the eye seen any God besides You, who acts for the one who waits for Him. – Isaiah 64:4
Since the beginning of the world, no one has ever seen or heard of a God likes ours because when we seek Him, He actually responds!
That may not sound like too big of a deal, but keep in mind that Isaiah lived in a day where people would regularly go into the forest, chop down a tree, then use half of it to build a fire and roast some s’mores and the other half as a god to worship. Sounds crazy, right? Although you probably don’t bow down to a figurine you cut in the back woods somewhere, you’ve probably been guilty of living for something that doesn’t answer your prayers: a paycheck, a relationship, a job promotion, or some other unfulfilling pursuit.
For most people, prayer doesn’t feel like the most effective use of their time…and that’s exactly what Satan wants!
Another thing he wants is for Christians and churches to divide over petty differences and not associate with each other. On our own, we’re easier to pick off and much less effective. That’s exactly what Satan wants.
Whatever God commands and Satan discourages is something we should definitely be doing!
That’s the thought behind REVIVE Prayer Week coming up at the end of January. Awaken has partnered with 6 other churches (and hopefully many more) for a week of corporate prayer. We’ll meet at five different churches around Clarksville each week night January 27-31. Each night will be focused on praying for God to revive our city, nation and generation. The final night will also include worship with Kevin Riner from GraceLife Church and our very own, Jenn Miller from Awaken! It’s going to be an incredible week.
God moves when His people pray. In fact, if He’s not moving, it’s probably because we’re not asking! We can’t afford to neglect prayer.
If you’re near the Clarksville area, consider this your invitation. Don’t miss out on some unforgettable time together as we unite across denominational and traditional lines simply to make Jesus famous!