OneCry this Sunday @6:30PM

Sunday October 7th at 6:30PM we will gather for prayer at Bible Fellowship Church of Newark.  Our first One Cry gathering on September 16th was a great blessing for all who attended.  Since that initial meeting I have been made aware of many others planning to join us for prayer.  Large corporate gatherings dedicated to prayer can provide a rich experience of God’s presence.  The power of prayer is hard to explain; it is best experienced.  Consider these words of Charles Spurgeon along those lines:

It is marvelous that God should listen to the voice of a man! This has been so astonishing to mere thinkers that they cannot admit it to be true and, consequently, they have asserted that there could be no actual power in prayer to move the heart of God. I do not wonder that they should have thought so, for though this surprising Truth of God is not contrary to reason, it is certainly far above reason! Now, we know, for we have tried it, that God hears prayer! Therefore we say to you, go to Him and test Him, for He will be gracious to the voice of your cry! God has been pleased to set up a Mercy Seat! Answer me, O doubting one, would there be a Divinely-appointed Mercy Seat for the presentation of prayer if the Lord did not intend to hear prayer? He has sprinkled that Mercy Seat with the blood of His only-begotten Son, that through that Atonement the guilty might approach Him. Would He shed that matchless blood and yet reject the sinner who comes trusting there?

In addition to all this, He has promised to give the Holy Spirit to assist in prayer, helping our infirmities because we know not what we should pray for as we ought. Would He give that Holy Spirit and still suffer prayer to be ineffectual? It is not conceivable! It delights God to listen to the cries of His creatures! Your voice may be very cracked and inharmonious and your prayer may be like an infant’s wailing,  or like the cry of a young bird in its nest when it is hungry—but He who hears the young ravens when they cry  will hear your inarticulate, discordant utterances—therefore pour out your heart before Him! He will answer you, too, and that very quickly. “When He hears your prayer, He will answer you”—so says the text! Has He not said, “Before they call, I will answer, and while they are yet speaking I will hear”?[1]

Please join us for One Cry.  Too often we talk far too much of what we would like for God to do, while asking him to do far too little in prayer.  If you gather together with other believers to ask God to move in our midst you may find that he not only moves, but that he meets with you and changes you in the process of seeking him.

[1] Charles Spurgeon, Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit, no. 1419, “Encouragement to Trust and Pray.”