Prayer, Fasting, and a Middle Man
For those of you that were able to join us at the X this weekend, you know that today through Wednesday we are having a time of prayer and fasting about a new location and our future. One of the things that I stated this weekend was that I did not want to “sell the church on anything, but rather I want God to.” That statement was to show that even the elders or I may be feeling led a certain way, we want to make sure that the church is feeling led that way as a whole. The truth is that there are many times in which we as Christians would rather not listen to God directly. We actually like church because you can let the pastor talk to God and then we do not have to hear directly from the Almighty. The people of Israel struggled with this very problem in Exodus 20.
18 Now when all the people saw the thunder and the flashes of lightning and the sound of the trumpet and the mountain smoking, the people were afraid and trembled, and they stood far off 19 and said to Moses, “You speak to us, and we will listen; but do not let God speak to us, lest we die.”
You see they were very honest. They did not want to hear from God. They were afraid of what He might say to them. It is easier to ignore or disobey a pastor than it is when God speaks to you directly. People always seem to want some sort of intermediary between them in God. We want a middleman. We relish the thought of being somewhat insulated from God through that middleman.
The problem with the idea of a middleman is that it is absolutely not Biblical! As a matter of fact, one of the seminal reasons that Christ came, died, and rose again was so that we could “boldly approach the throne of grace,” as the author of Hebrews puts it. There is no need for a priest, pastor, or psychic to be someone that seeks God and his will for you. The truth is that is every single Christian’s right and duty.
These next few days are a very pivotal time in the life of our church. I hope and pray that each and everyone of us seeks God’s voice with all that we are. I pray that we hear it clearly. I pray that we come together united and motivated with what God reveals to us!
I am so excited for this Wednesday night as we get together to share and celebrate what God is showing us! See you at 6:30 at the X!