Last week, we had a really good week of prayer and God really challenged us over the course of the week in regards to meeting the needs of our town.
2 Kings 4 v 1 – 7 The wife of a man from the company of the prophets cried out to Elisha, “Your servant my husband is dead, and you know that he revered the Lord. But now his creditor is coming to take my two boys as his slaves.” Elisha replied to her, “How can I help you? Tell me, what do you have in your house?”
“Your servant has nothing there at all,” she said, “except a small jar of olive oil.”
Elisha said, “Go around and ask all your neighbors for empty jars. Don’t ask for just a few. Then go inside and shut the door behind you and your sons. Pour oil into all the jars, and as each is filled, put it to one side.”
She left him and shut the door behind her and her sons. They brought the jars to her and she kept pouring. When all the jars were full, she said to her son, “Bring me another one.”
But he replied, “There is not a jar left.” Then the oil stopped flowing.
She went and told the man of God, and he said, “Go, sell the oil and pay your debts. You and your sons can live on what is left.”
As we read these verses I felt God say to me this is a picture of the church. There are many needs in our town and in our church – we are all vessels of different shapes and sizes and we need to be available and filled with oil (The Holy Spirit). Those empty and available jars met the need of this family through the power of God. We can meet the need of this town through the power of God.
We need to intercede for our town and then be empty and available for God to use us.
Isaiah 62 v 1 & 6 & 7
For Brentwood’s sake I will not keep silent, for Brentwood’s sake I will not remain quiet, till her vindication shines out like the dawn, her salvation like a blazing torch. I have posted watchmen on your walls, Brentwood; they will never be silent day or night. You who call on the Lord, give yourselves no rest, and give him no rest till he establishes Brentwood and makes her the praise of the earth.
During the week of prayer we met with our Perfect Heavenly Father and as we prayed God posed some questions to us. These are those questions:
How do we continue this season of prayer? When we pray things happen.
How do we as a church equip and empower people to meet the needs of this town and see people come to Christ?
How do we move forward with our building project because it will naturally come as we meet the needs of this town?
How do we keep momentum?
What does this Week of Prayer mean for Fun Run?
How do we make everyone know they are loved by God?
How do we help people with financial problems and other needs?
How do we link with other organisations like Lighthouse?
How do we fulfil simple Biblical commands?
How do we make our current ministries more effective?
How do we meet the needs of the church family – because we also are the people of Brentwood?
How do we pray continually?
Over the course of this week, please prayerfully consider these questions and let us know if you have any comments or observations.
This is what the Lord says: “Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls. (Jeremiah 6 v 16)