The last few days Mike has been calling us again at IHOP to our calling of prayer. I have found it to be a timely and refreshing word as I prepare for a support raising trip and then the 40 day fast.
First, a bit on the fast. The buzz word for the fast is that we are to ‘put our face in the Mantle of God’s name’. I find this a fascinating and stirring picture. First, what it means we are to do. Literally it is a calling to sit at Jesus’ feet in adoration, like Mary did. Eyes locked only on Him. It is what Jesus was asking of us, in the Song of Solomon, when He said “Let Me see your face, let Me hear your voice, for your voice is sweet and your face is lovely.”
Second, what it means we are not to do. It means stripping down your day-to-day life for this period of time and removing all unnecessary distractions. Distractions to the senses, the eyes, the ears, the mind, the stomach and so on. Anything and everything that causes your spirit to be muddled and befuddled we want to strip away.
Third, the picture. I love the picture, of wrapping my face in God’s mantle because what it means I get to do. I get to wrap His mantle around me! Folding the canopy of Him around me until all I smell is His fragrance, all I see is His lightening, all I hear is His thunder, simply distracted by His glory until I am swept up into the whirlwind of His chariot of fire.
In the midst of this time, as we as a staff set aside our time and energy to seek the Lord, I am also pondering the glory of being an intercessor! I was struck today with how much I do not deserve to be in the place of prayer. Yet, God has called me to this place and I am so grateful! Long ago I cried out to God that I might be allowed to be in the middle of His End-Time move and here I am! Learning and growing in the midst of a people of prayer, learning how to carry my heart and what it means to be an intercessor.
The glory and the trust of standing on the wall day-by-day. And so, in the midst of this pondering and savoring what God has been saying, I am also in pain and mourning. I mourn at how much I fall short of this calling. I am in pain at my lack of diligence in being on-time for my prayer hours. Yet, by this one thing I am comforted. Jesus, in the Sermon on the Mount said that ‘blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted’ and ‘blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled.’
Humiliation is not a choice. Humbling often is.
The difference between these two became very clear to me this past Sunday. While running sound everything went wrong. Stuff broke. Things were not working. The sound mix was bad. And it was abundantly clear to several hundred people, including many leaders that I highly respect. Not my fault, but still I was the one at the sound board.
That was the point of humiliation. (At which I did shed a few tears) Continue reading
I went to see Disney’s Prince Caspian a few weeks ago. Two days after it came out in theaters. My initial reaction was that I loved it! I think parts of it are definitely darker. The beginning with the Queen giving birth is rather jarring, and I think too frightening for young children. But I really enjoyed it. And I think Disney did a great job turning the book into something cinematic, as well as keeping the original theme of a ‘return to faith’ very prominent in the film.
So, I very much enjoyed it. Any other thoughts?
I hope to go and see it again in a week or so… depending on the finances. 🙂
Do you ever feel like you are in ‘the waiting room’ in life? Misty’s song “I’m here in the waiting room// waiting on unanswered prayer” has been going through my mind a lot lately.
It sort of gives that picture, of the times you just have to sit and wait… and wait… and wait. Waiting on what the Lord is going to bring to pass. Promises He has made, work He is doing in us, etc. Yet, today it just seems as if the fulfillment of the promise or the fruit of the work is as far out of our reach as the moon is from the earth. Continue reading
This is the beginning of a series I am going to do on Revelation. This summer I am going in depth on the book of Revelation. Verse by verse, and hopefully I will get through the book this summer. But only if I go at a much faster pace than my current speed. I don’t have an outlet for my thoughts, so you, the blogging audience, will be getting a few tastes and tid-bits every now and then about what strikes me and stirs me.
Rev. 1:4-5 “Grace to you and peace, from Him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven Spirits who are before His throne and from Jesus Christ”
This verse is the beginning of a short doxology in v. 4 – 6. John gives greeting to the seven churches by saying ‘grace and peace’. And these come from God. Stated in terms of the trinity, John gives a glorious declaration of God.
God the Father “Him who is and who was and who is coming”
God the Holy Spirit “The seven Spirits who are before His throne”
God the Son “Jesus Christ” (Stated last, so that John can elaborate on Jesus in the succeeding verses)
Today, unfortunately, was an ear-ringing day. Only for a minute or two. And it has been several weeks since I have had an ear-ringing moment, so I am not worried about my hearing. But, I digress…
Several things made today, as previously stated, such that caused my ears to ring. (Technically my left ear) First I ran sound for 4 hours. Not unusual for me, but they were both intercession sets. Averaging around 88 db. They were also especially loud, both hit around 93db briefly. It would have been louder if I had not kept on pulling the volume down.
Second, Mike prayed at both sets. I haven’t seen MB pray at both the 10am and 4pm sets in a long time, several months at least. Thankfully, it went swimmingly, the sound was good for all four hours, and both sets went well.
Hopefully the mundaneness of this topic has not put you to sleep. If so, oh well. I make no apologies. 🙂 This is the life of a sound tech… lots of jargon about db and frequencies and SPL’s. Ok, now I am boring myself. This post is ended. Over and out. 🙂