Last December my son Reese and I visited New York City for a couple of days.
As we ventured around, we noticed numerous churches in the city. Many of those churches keep their doors open so individuals can walk in at any time.
Reese and I went in a couple of them.
In every church we walked in scattered about the seating you would always find individuals praying. Some stayed for awhile, some stayed for a couple of minutes and then left. It struck me that just a few feet away was the noise and busyness of life, but one could break the rat race for a few minutes by walking into a church whose open doors made it available to come and pray.
There is nothing that makes praying in a church building more sacred then praying in your car as it drives down 19 or in your own home. It does, however, provide an intentional opportunity that allows you to step away from the normal pattern of your day and make space in your day for a posture of dependence upon God.
Beginning Friday morning October 21st @ 8AM until Saturday morning at 8AM the doors of Nature Coast will be open for individuals in our community to come in and pray.
The church will be staffed for the 24 hours. We’d love for you to consider stopping in and taking a moment in your day to sit, kneel, or stand, and pray. You can come for a few minutes. You can come for longer. You can come more than once. You do not have to pray out loud. You can bring a friend and pray together.
While the prayer vigil is an intentional opportunity to pray for specific needs you have--our church, our community, or our country--the truth is, I believe, this is as much for our own souls and our own posture in life. An intentional recognition in the busyness and noises of life that Jesus is everything.
This is not 24 hours for us to get God to do something, but 24 hours that recognize that He has already done something and continues to do things in our hearts and our stories. As Christ works, the fruit of it will be love toward God and our neighbors. I’m excited about the work Christ is going to do through the open doors of Nature Coast for His glory and His name.
If you desire some guiding through your prayers, a table will be available with a paper to walk you through a prayer time. I’m also providing sticky notes so if you want to jot down a personal issue or request you may have. You can place a sticky note on the cross at the front of the sanctuary. No need to sign it – just a request you desire to place at the cross.
None of this mandatory. None of this makes anyone more spiritual than another. I say this with certainty because Jesus + Nothing = Everything.
Posted on Thu, October 20, 2016
by Brad Bresson