I apologise for the title, but it fits too well not to use it.
Below is Anne’s account of God’s wrestling and speaking with her as she has prayed over All Saints. It was shared in this form yesterday at the Ignite Consultation.
The two songs at the end were chosen independently as Mike Taylor sought how to enable our worship in song, and they need to be added to this account.
Read and Listen.
24/7 PRAYER DAY 19/07/14
Several weeks ago God kept dropping the familiar words of ‘When the music fades’ into my head but what really resonated were the words, ‘it’s all about you Jesus’ words we hear regularly from our preaching team
During the last few weeks God has taken me on a roller coaster ride, very similar to the journey Scrooge was taken on in Dicken’s Christmas Carol. I believed that I saw the world through God’s eyes but I had fooled myself, so God decided in His great Wisdom to really show me the world as He sees it. A world in seeming chaos. A world of pain, wickedness and disobedience. The world for which He sacrificed His dearly beloved Son. The Son who suffered total humiliation and rejection who carried His wounds of love on the cross for you and for me. This is the world we are called to serve. We are not called to stay on the mountain top but to be in the mess, filth and squalor. This is where we must worship.
Anyone who knows me well understands how much I love worship, particularly sung worship and how committed I am to Ignite but God has compelled me to share some words which I believe have come directly from my Sovereign Lord. I bring them in great humility but it is a responsibility which God has laid on my heart and which I have to honour.
I believe God is saying the following to us as a church;
You need to refocus and keep your eyes on me. Seek my face and vision through prayer.
Worship is so much more than the person who stands at the front. You have taken your eyes off me. Submit to me only.
My desire is that everyone is brought to full maturity.
There will be a time of pruning which will be painful but you will rise again as the glorious church I have called you to be.
Step out in faith and be the people I intended you to be.
I challenge you to look deep within yourselves, to see the giftings I have given you. I have equipped my Church with everything it needs. Each one of you has been given a gift and they are to be used to glorify me and for the building up of your fellow man.
Remember that I am an awesome and faithful God.
You are all called to a life of service, so use what I have given you. There are no bystanders in my kingdom.
Placing too much focus on your leaders leads to criticism. You are in this together.
I have called you as a church to a specific role. I have a plan for you if you are ready to walk with me. I can take you to places that at the moment you can only imagine but you must give me my rightful place. I want you to dream big dreams. I am the one True God. Worship only me. Honour me for I am faithful and I will bless you greatly. You are my flock and I know each one of you by name.
I am your God and you are my people.
Listen to me.