Can it be that God will actually move into our neighborhood? Why, the cosmos itself isn’t large enough to give you breathing room, let alone this Temple I’ve built. Even so, I’m bold to ask: Pay attention to these my prayers, both intercessory and personal, O God, my God. Listen to my prayers, energetic and devout, that I’m setting before you right now. Keep your eyes open to this Temple night and day, this place of which you said, “My Name will be honored there,” and listen to the prayers that I pray at this place.
// 1 Kings 8:27-32
This week we are focusing on prayer. We could focus on this topic for a whole year and not even scratch the surface of the simple yet profoundly powerful word that is ‘prayer’!
C3 Brooklyn was birthed and founded in prayer.Georgie and I wrestled with God in our prayer lives about the decision to move our family to Brooklyn and plant this church. The Lord impressed upon me, by His Holy Spirit, before we moved here that “the church would be according to our prayers”. This was both heartening and frightening. Heartening because God was encouraging us that it would happen not by our strength or might, but by His Spirit; frightening because I know how easily I can fall into the habit of working from my own strength and getting caught up in the busyness of life, rather than relying on the power of prayer.
Jesus called His church a ‘House of Prayer’. Church is often known for its songs, preaching and fellowship, but sometimes prayer is missing from the description. Our prayer, as the Pastors of this church, is that C3 Brooklyn would be known as a ‘House of Prayer’. We believe this means and includes all types of prayer: personal prayer, small group prayer, dinner party prayers, intercession, praying in tongues, prophetic prayers and the list goes on. It also includes prayer where the whole congregation lifts their voices in one accord.
Out of the overflow of our personal prayers, I believe, congregation prayers at our church gatherings will also come alive. These two forms of prayer definitely affect one another. Sometimes we are silent in our prayers during church because our personal time with the Lord has also been silent.
This week, we hope these devotionals inspire, inform and encourage your own prayer life, so that out of the overflow, as a church, we will pray together in His Spirit with fervency, desperation and passion for God, that He would touch not only our lives, but many millions of lives across New York City.
At the end of the day, the effectiveness of our prayers is seen in our hearts of love towards a lost world. I know prayer is alive in my life when my heart and actions are moved to share the gospel and invite others to know Jesus Christ.
Let this be our prayer: “Greater things are still to be done in this city! Move into our neighborhoods, oh Lord!”
// Josh Kelsey