Di and I are just back from the Melbourne Pastors’ Prayer Summit at Cowes. It was awesome as always. Some highlights for us were having five of us from Hobsons Bay, and some from almost every other city in the west, including Melton, Wyndham, Maribyrnong, Brimbank and Moonee Valley. The last proved to be extremely significant in the Lord’s planning. Last time I think there were only a few of us representing the whole of the West.
Interestingly, people said before we went, “I hope you have a good rest.” But we knew it wouldn’t be a holiday or a rest, we were all there to do business with God and each other. On our return people asked, “Did you have a good rest?” No, we didn’t – it was emotionally tiring. Have you tried to worship, share and pray with others for four days? The Lord was dealing with us constantly. But it was good, VERY good! To be more accurate, it was good FOR us. Everyone grew very close together over the four days, and we were certainly challenged about ‘real’ unity – not just playing the oneness game.
I wonder if part of the reason so many pastors don’t yet see it as a priority is because they think it is just another trip away and so can forgo the pleasure in order to do their ‘real’ work? We need to begin now in convincing pastors that this is a more important appointment than almost anything else in their calendars. If they only went once they would understand what I mean. The other things, important though they may be, are reduced to time fillers unless the Spirit of God energises them, which he can only do when we meet the most basic condition and request that Jesus placed before us :
“I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. (John 17:20-21)”
More later. Shalom.