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Thursday, September 26, 2013

Gratitude and apologizing

First of all, thank you.

Secondly, I'm sorry.

Thank you for joining us in fasting and prayer for Victor's sight.  There are at least 30 people storming Heaven's gates for the miraculous healing of Victor's eyes.  There are probably many more that I don't know about.

Our senior pastor wrote these words in his weekly email:

I love the picture the Apostle John paints for us in Revelation chapter 8 verses 1-5, about what happens with our prayers:
When he opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour. And I saw the seven angels who stand before God, and to them were given seven trumpets. Another angel, who had a golden censer, came and stood at the altar. He was given much incense to offer, with the prayers of all the saints, on the golden altar before the throne. The smoke of the incense, together with the prayers of the saints, went up before God from the angel’s hand. Then the angel took the censer, filled it with fire from the altar, and hurled it on the earth; and there came peals of thunder, rumblings, flashes of lightning and an earthquake.

Do you see it? Our prayers are being collected in heaven and they are poured back upon the earth. Author Eugene Peterson calls this, “reverse thunder.” I’m reminded of Jesus’ prayer, “May your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” Our prayers are the bridge between God and his purposes being realized on the earth.

These verses from Revelation come to mind in the context of two “prayer events” I’d like to share with you this morning…
First, I’d like to invite you to join with many in McBIC’s church family and others outside of this church in praying for Victor Noah King’s healing.
Victor is John & Cindy King’s adopted, newborn son. Since Victor’s pre-mature birth earlier this year there have been concerns about his eyesight and last week he was diagnosed with probable blindness. Dallas & Faye Shelly—prayer partners of John and Cindy King—sent out an email to our staff, prayer partners of the Kings and family members, suggesting a time of fasting and prayer for Victor’s healing and for issues related to his medical care financial coverage today, tomorrow and Saturday. I want to encourage you to join with us in fasting and praying for Victor. In fasting, we give up physical food in some way as a reminder that our true sustenance comes from our Heavenly Father. The hunger pangs or physical/emotional effects of not eating also serve as a reminder of our commitment to pray. Fasting may consist of giving up food for the entire time; fasting a meal each day; or, fasting something like dessert, coffee or sodas. People also fast things like: watching T.V., facebook, or reading the newspaper. 

But you know, I've had this sense that this time of fasting and prayer is as much about each of our hearts as it is for Victor Noah.  His healing may even be secondary.

So I say I'm sorry because I know that some of you are experiencing spiritual attack in the midst of your prayer and fasting.  Trouble at work, sickness, unexplained anger, Facebook attacks and distractions, I've heard of all of these just in the first day.

Friends, press on.  Play some worship music.  Pray more. Send your prayers Heaven-ward while you allow God to do some heart work.  This is all about His glory, it always has been and always will be.

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