Jefferson Baptist Church began our “Five Day Prayer” event this morning at 5:00 am. In this first 5 hours of prayer this morning we had about 160 hours of prayer meaning that we had a shade over 30 people in the prayer room together every hour. It was a very blessed and powerful time of fellowship and sensing the presence of God as He joined us.
Over the last 30 years I have chosen to make Prayer the highest priority of my life and the highest value of our church. I have also chosen to make “corporate Prayer” , that is our church praying together, in the same place, at the same time, for the same things the main focus, emphasis, and value of my personal life and the life of JBC. The reason is because that was the emphasis of the church in the book of Acts in the New Testament, and also every revival in the history of the church over the last 2000 years has been preceded by a major emphasis and practice of corporate prayer.
Over the last 30 years many people have argued with me or simply chosen not to cooperate with me on my strong emphasis on corporate prayer. I base my decisions in life on the truth of the Bible, but I also place a strong emphasis on determining what is true from the witness and testimony of faithful and trustworthy people who have experience and wisdom. Over the last 30 years I have averaged almost 700 hours every year of praying corporately with others in the church. I don’t share that to impress anybody, but to say that the reason I pray so much is because of the experience that I have had with the Lord over the 30 years and the answers that have come as a result of the hours of praying. I would throw that out there to help convince you to make prayer, especially corporate prayer a key part of your life. Come join us, 5 to 10 am, and 5 to 10 pm Monday through Friday. Friday at 7 pm will be our “Good Friday” service.