If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek
my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven,
and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
2 Chronicles 7:14
We’re glad you asked! As a church body, it is so important that we are praying and seeking God and it is healthy, essential even, for believers to participate in this type of worship together. Contrary to what we’re so often taught in our individualistic culture, the church can only thrive as a unified community; we can’t do this whole Christianity thing alone.
For this reason, events like First Wednesday are so important for our church, and so exciting! Our relationships with God and with each other are strengthened as together, we give God time to move and speak to us. At this particular First Wednesday, we plan to focus on praying for our church, our country, and our community.
- Let’s go ahead and state the obvious: big things are happening at our church these days. Vermilion has a new parking lot, the Crossroads at Elyria is being renovated, and our leaders are busy planning for the Lorain Campus, just to name a few. As a church, we are actively trying to follow God’s leading and reach more and more people in His name through our 20/20 Vision Campaign. We want to pray that God will continue to guide us, giving wisdom to our leaders and members, and that He will bless the work we are doing in his name.
- Often, we hear either ourselves or others lamenting the state of our country. We’re upset about new laws or new leaders, but we don’t always jump into prayer as a result. It is so important that we are always praying for our leaders, whether everything is going exactly as we’d like or just the opposite. Pray for the president, pray for the Supreme Court, and pray for Congress. Ask God to give them wisdom and even to reveal himself and his will to them. According to 2 Chronicles 7:14, only after we seek his face will God truly heal our land.
- Many of us are very involved in our communities, volunteering at after school programs, helping with food banks, donating money to local charities, etc., but we can do even more: pray. We need to be praying for our local leaders, for our neighbors, for the businesses in our area, and for other local churches. We need to ask God to heal the brokenness that surrounds us here in Lorain County, and ask him to use us to help with that healing process.
God is so good, and we’re expecting Him to do awesome things at First Wednesday, so come out and join us! Don’t be nervous about who you’ll know or how comfortable you’ll be with the whole event; prayer isn’t about anyone but God, and Christianity isn’t about being comfortable. And besides, when’s the last time you heard someone complain about spending an evening soaking in the presence of God?
We’ll see you there!