Read: Exodus 17:8-13
I once read a story about an evangelist named Sammy Tippett who was preaching at a crusade in Romania. He preached a powerful and compelling message, but when he invited the crowd of more than 20,000 to come forward in response to the Gospel, nobody moved. Just as he was beginning to fear utter failure, an elderly lady who had been sitting in one of the most distant seats came running down onto the field, crying the entire way. She handed a flower she had been holding to Sammy, then fell on her knees before her Savior. Upon seeing this, thousands more began to make their way onto the field, crying out to Jesus Christ.
Needless to say, Sammy was relieved and shared the story with some friends of his (and intercessors) once he returned home to the States. One of them stared at him wide-eyed for a moment, then went and retrieved her prayer journal. When she came back into the room, she showed Sammy the particular entry that had left her speechless. For the past twenty years, this intercessor had been praying for the salvation of a woman in Romania - a woman she’d never met.
When the Israelites were resisting the Amalekites in Exodus 17, the Lord made it clear that the real fighting was taking place on top of the hill above the battlefield. This is where Moses stood with his arms raised and staff in hand, interceding for Joshua and the rest of God’s people who were engaged in battle. “Whenever Moses held up his hand, Israel prevailed, and whenever he lowered his hand, Amalek prevailed (vs. 11).” Now that’s a lot of weight to carry. There’s no doubt Moses’ arms got tired, and at one point, Aaron and Hur even had to come help hold them up.
Prayer isn’t just important; it’s essential. For this reason, I’m challenging you to renew your commitment to pray for your church family and for Greater Impact. Take time (because you certainly won’t find any) to spend with the Lord in prayer each day. There is so much God wants to do, so many disciples to be made. So many needs to be met and so many lives to be changed. We live in a world where people are desperate for the hope that is only found in Jesus Christ.
The prayers of God’s people move His heart and His hand. As I think about the impossible and world-changing things Jesus is going to do through Impact, I immediately look to “the top of the hill” to see those in the church who stand with hands raised to heaven in prayer and intercession. I’m confident that the many victories we get to celebrate in the years ahead will be only as frequent and numerous as the prayers we lift to the One who will accomplish them. People of God…Let’s pray!
1. What are the areas of defeat in your life? Do you pray for victory in these areas regularly?
2. Do you take time to pray for your church family - that together we will accomplish our mission of “making disciples who make a difference?”
3. Will you pray right now that:
• We will find favor with the City and community as we seek permits and permission to expand.
• We as a church family will rise up to meet the needs for labor and finances.
• Our new and expanded home will be a place where more disciples will be made.
• We will have a Greater Impact for Jesus Christ in Menifee and beyond!
-Pastor Ryan Sharp