Report on the July GOGCC Prayer Meeting at Osterville Baptist Churchby Rob Wheeler on July 26, 2018
It was a joy to be together last night and we certainly missed those of you who could not be with us. On behalf of Osterville Baptist, it was our privilege to host this united effort of prayer for revival. I am thankful for the steering committee’s leadership and their continued efforts to propel this precious vision.
To summarize the night, the word ‘worshipful’ comes to mind. We sang songs of exultation—particularly focused on the greatness of God’s attributes and the supremacy of Jesus Christ. ‘Christ is enough for me’ was the united cry of the gathered worshippers. A special thank you to Pastor Kimo Baker for his excellent leadership and to the team that led us in worship.
Mike Allen led us in a focused expression of the vision. It was exemplary. His ability to capture the need for revival and the common elements that have brought revival in history was soul stirring. God has gifted Mike with the gift to motivate and encourage.
I, then, led us in a devotion titled: “God’s glory is essential for human flourishing”. The message was grounded in Genesis 1:26-27; Romans 1:18-32; 2 Cor. 3:18, 4:4, 6. The Bible gloriously declares in Genesis 1 that God created the universe for His glory and He created us to bear his image. It was this thought that led David in awestruck wonder to proclaim, “When I look at the heavens … what is man that you are mindful of him?”
God created us in his image to see, know, savor, love and show His glory. It was what we were made to do. As individuals, it is what leads us to the best sort of life possible and, as a society, to flourish.
While sin did not destroy God’s image in humanity, it certainly unplugged the human heart from the power source—God. Sinful humans no longer seek, desire, acknowledged the glory of God. In Romans 1:18-32, Paul demonstrates that this disconnect from our creational design has led to human degradation. Why do we see our culture decaying? Why are people calling ‘good’ evil and ‘evil’ good? It is because society has gone secular.
Praise God that He sent Jesus, ‘the image of the invisible God’ (Col. 1:15). In Jesus, we are raised up from our broken, fallen state to a position that exceeds Adam and Eve in their unfallen. Paul writes in 2 Cor. 3:18 (NLT), “So all of us who have had the veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like him as we change into his glorious image.” God’s purpose for your life is to progressively make you into a Christ-like image bearer.
Imagine if revival came for a moment. What would we expect to see? Well, certainly, we would expect thousands and thousands to come to Jesus through the gospel. And, when thousands and thousands are progressively made to look like Jesus, we would also expect society to be transformed. What would that mean for our homes? Our marriages? Our children? Human trafficking? Drug abuse? Public discourse? Cyclical poverty?
When we pray for revival, yes, we pray for the salvation of souls, but we also are asking God to change our society down to its very core. May God bring revival soon!
Myron Heckman came forward and we read the Glory of God on Cape Cod unity statement. He then challenged us in response to this devotional thought to come forward and praise God for all the blessings we have in Jesus. It is humbling to consider the manifold blessings we have in Jesus (see Ephesians 1:3-14 for personal encouragement). Next, we prayed together for God to bring about specific change to our culture. These prayers impacted us all in different ways because we live in this culture and feel deeply burdened to see God’s glory come and change this culture. We moved into a time of prayer for those who are sick and, then, asked God to restore our broken relationships. And, finally, we concluded our time with prayers for special burdens that God has laid on the hearts of those present.
Our next meeting will be held at New Life Christ Center on August 22nd at 6:30 PM. Please visit https://www.newlifeoncapecod.comfor more information.
Friends, if I could leave you with one final word, it is that there is Hope for this world—His name is Jesus. While it might seem hopeless as society spirals in a decidedly secular direction, don’t forget Jesus sits upon the throne at the right hand of God the Father and rules, even today. He will move in hearts today. He will return and make all things new. Come quickly, Lord Jesus!
Gripped by Christ’s grace!
Rob Wheeler | Senior Pastor
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