For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.
Although Matthew 18:20 is a very common and well known verse, if you want to know what Pre-Service Prayer is all about this scripture truly captures its purpose. The bottom line is, there is great power found when we come together as ONE in Christ Jesus. In Genesis 11:1-9 there is a story about the Tower of Babel. Here we learn about a group of people who came together with a plan to build a physical structure that would reach the heavens. The group was so committed to their goal that they became of one mind and one heart as they built this tower. They were in such one accord that God had to personally get involved. Man, I find this story fascinating! I believe God intentionally placed this story in the bible to teach us a few lessons about unity and prayer.
First, think about the power this group possessed, starting with the fact they put aside all differences and got on one accord, this got God’s attention! Selah. Right! Could you imagine what would happen if we were so connected that we were able to get God’s attention? I am getting goose bumps and have tears in my eyes even now as I type. I know someone is asking, “How do we know that we have gotten the attention of God?” Well, if we look back at the scripture we see that the people of Babel were so connected and in tuned with their goal that God was moved to personally get involved with their plans. They got God’s attention! Oh, how I long for the day that we as the Body of Christ connect in such a way that we get God’s attention and move Him to show his miraculous power in our homes, community, state and nation. I believe once we have His attention, there is no limit to what BCC can do for Christ.
Secondly, the one area where the people of Babel missed it was pursuing their own goals and plans. Although they were flawlessly unified their plans did not line up with the plan of God. God had to redirect their efforts and give them different languages so they would not be able to communicate (come together again for this purpose). They had the “correct approach with the wrong vision”. It is important that we not only come together in unity with one mind to pray, but we come together with the purpose of yielding to God’s plan. If we unify for the purpose of fulfilling the plan of God, He will not only step down in the midst of us but surely respond to our prayer. Isaiah 65:24 says, And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear.
Lastly, I believe God heard the hearts of the people of Babel. He saw his people trying to figure out a way to get back in his presence. Although he had to disrupt and delay their plan, the people of Babel didn’t realize God had a plan of His own. What encouragement we can find in Isaiah 55:8-9 which states,
My thoughts are not your thoughts neither are your ways my ways. As the heavens are higher than the earth my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.
God knew there would not be a physical tower to reach Heaven, but there would be a spiritual tower to the throne room of grace. Glory be to God that He sent his Son to die for our sins so that we might be saved. Now we have unlimited access to the Father as we call on the name of Jesus through prayer.
BCC welcomes each of you to join us as we come together at 10:20 a.m. for Pre-Service Prayer on Sunday mornings to welcome God to dwell in the midst of us!