Though there are many things that I'd like to see take place during our church's Grand Opening Service, there is only one thing that I am intentionally praying for: the presence of God.
Do I want to see a lot of people show up...of course.
Do I want people to enjoy the worship experience...absolutely.
Do I want the message to be impactful and memorable...for sure.
Do I want people to be touched by the testimony and baptism...no doubt!
But if those things all take place without the presence of God, in my mind, we have failed.
Only the presence of God can change a heart.
Only the presence of God can save a soul.
Only the presence of God renew a mind.
Only in the presence of God can one experience the power of God.
And it is my desire that everyone in attendance, from skeptic to saint, experiences the presence and power of God.
This past week, I came across a prayer that Moses prayed in the days leading up to the time when he was to lead the people of Israel into the Promised Land. It is this prayer that I am going to be intentionally and intensely praying this week and I would like to invite you to join me in praying the same prayer as we prepare to launch our church. Thank you in advance for your support!
"If your Presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here. How will anyone know that you are pleased with me and with your people unless you go with us? What else will distinguish me and your people from all the other people on the face of the earth? Exodus 33:15-16