Why has â€œitâ€ worked?This question was posed to me by a leading, innovative nationwide ministry consultant. She was asking, â€œWhy has your church worked?â€ After I explained that we were very much a â€œworkâ€ in progressâ€”imperfect in so many waysâ€”I answered her question as I always do. My answer: â€œPrayer.â€
John Wesley once said, “God will do nothing on earth except in answer to believing prayer.”Think of Christ’s powerful modeling of prayer while here on earth. Let me paint a picture for you.
You see Christ hugging the blood stained rock nestled among the gnarly roots of the olive trees in the Garden of Gethsemane. His prayer shawl is covering his head and his dark hair splashes onto his shoulders. He is praying. You are listening in on his prayers. As you inch toward Christ, you hear your name! The Lord of Lords, the King of Kings, the Creator, the Lamb of God is praying for you. You are humbled, shocked and filled with awe and gratitude. Christ is praying for you!
Now, that would be an incredible experience, would it not? You bet. Suffice to say, He is praying for youB as your chief intercessor and great advocate even now.
Is the church today guilty of substituting stylistic techniques, articulate messages and technological razzle-dazzle for the eternal power of intercession?
One poignant message of Christ’s prayer for you in the garden is this: It is impossible to lose your footing while on your knees. Jesus is our example. His ministry can be described as moving from one house of prayer to the next and in between he worked miracles.
When I started this â€œworkâ€ in progress, I knew I needed to find someone who was passionate about prayer. Cecilia Belvin came to my mind. I asked her to be our Pastor of Prayer. I have watched God use her in an incredible way over the years. She has developed a discreet, confidential, and just plain powerful team of prayer warriors. Prayer covers the church family. Prayer flows freely through the cells. Prayer is the beginning point in launching cells and every endeavor.
Ceciliaâ€™s book, In the Name of Jesus, Amen, articulates how to mesh prayer and the cell church. You can obtain a copy of this resource at www.cypresscreekchurch.com or buy it right here on this site as part of a four-book deal. I would encourage you to do so!
If you want to experience life transformation in Celebration and cells, then begin with prayer and intercession.