Blackouts Restore Friendships

blackoutFun thing… The power went out in the prayer room for about 2 hours this morning. It started during the 6 am and went straight through most of the 8 am set my team leads and I play keys on. So, I sat there on the front row with the rest of the room in the pitch-black dark just singing to God with Ron leading the way on an acoustic guitar with 6 singers on the platform, a couple more guitars, Joel on some drums, and Catherine on Cello. It was actually quite nice. Right as the power went out and all the sound system and web-stream broadcast collapsed, the room rallied to the place of prayer and corporate worship. Worship. That’s about all you can do when you can barely see what’s in front of you and you have to question and realize why you’re there in the first place: Let’s minister to God! I loved how a blackout reminded us of this. This is about Him whether or not anyone else is watching. Oh, that we would truly worship in the secret place where He’s waiting for us (Mt. 6:5-6), that we truly find Him when we search for Him with all our hearts, not just with our lips (Jer. 29:12-13). There is nothing better than that; to get HIM! To get His friendship and to hear His secrets when we bare our souls and tell Him ours (simple understanding of friendship, see Ps. 25:14 in the ESV, it’s pretty cool). All He’s really after is that exchange of love and prayer in the secret place. He’s looking for friends. He’s really after your heart, and He’ll do more than a blackout to get it.

Sometimes it takes a disruptive cessation of all the clutter and noise and busyness of the day-to-day-mundane to actually realize that He is right here, (He’s not a God afar off- Jer. 23:23-24) waiting and longing for one thing, to see your face and hear your voice (Song 2:14). Will you answer His invitation? Will you set apart a time to where you are actually coming to Him in the place of vulnerability; exposed, weak, helpless, and contrite (Is. 66:2)? You will find He will start talking to you too, all you have to do is enter the conversation.

“But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.” -Jesus

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