Northside has opened its doors at 6:30pm for the past two nights and welcomed in its members for our second annual week of prayer. It is, after all, a new year, and what better way to start the new year than with a solid foundation of prayer?
There’s a small section of worship to begin the night, as well as a short word of encouragement, and then a time of being in the presence of God and praying. Each night has a specific focus; for example, on Monday the church came together to pray for personal renewal, highlighting a look at personal shortcomings, and looking at grace as the covering and atonement.
There is a certain air of expectancy that people have begun to hum about, something the Holy Spirit is prodding hearts for. These nights are not merely a corporate gathering to see how many people the church can fit on a weeknight, but a genuine desire to encounter the living God in unison.
The heart behind the night is that the room would be a place of refuge, where those seeking rest and communion with the Lord would experience such things in a way that touches their spirit and brings them into deeper relationship with Emmanuel.
On Monday night, the sanctuary saw forty seven people gathered together in prayer, and on Tuesday night ten more were added to that number. Fifty seven of God’s sons and daughters gathered in His house, experiencing what He had prepared for them, people hungering after the Word and longing to be in the presence of the Savior.
Prayer can be hard. It can be tricky to find the right words, intimidating to sit next to someone whose prayers fall from their lips like water. But don’t be discouraged – prayer is not an act for a machine, there are no points for stringing pretty sentences together. It is an act of the heart; an overflow of an understanding the grace that has been bestowed. That we were once so far from God, but Christ has made a way, and we are now able to approach his throne boldly. (Hebrews 4:16). He sees you and He hears you, even if.
If this is something that stirs within you, we invite you to be a part of it, and join us for our remaining nights; Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 6:30pm. Whether or not you attend, you are a valued part of our community, and we would love for you to be in personal prayer or praying for the body that gathers these evenings.