Archive for January 2008


January 31, 2008

map.jpg“Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. Simon and his companions went to look for him, and when they found him, they exclaimed: ‘Everyone is looking for you!’ Jesus replied, ‘Let us go somewhere else — to the nearby villages — so I can preach there also. That is why I have come.'” (Mark 1:35-38).


At Once

January 30, 2008

stormboat.jpg“At once they left their nets and followed him” (Mark 1:18).

On Sunday I asked if 7 of the men of our congregation would offer to “sleep for Jesus” in our church building during the 24/45 prayer event, each man taking one night a week for the 6 1/2 weeks. Since Sunday, 10 of you have volunteered. Thank you for responding “at once” and for enabling the planning team to continue its preparations for 24/45 knowing that this important piece has already been covered.


Chaotic or Kairotic Lives?

January 29, 2008

marketplace.jpg“Be careful, then, how you live — not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil” (Ephesians 5:15,16).

“Make the most of every opportunity.” To do what? I think the primary answer lies at the the beginning the chapter. In his letters, Paul often raises a topic and then digresses by writing about a related issue before returning to his initial point. The digression here is about the sorts of temptations followers of Jesus encounter “because the days are evil.” But he begins this whole section by saying, “Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children, and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.”


Fully Alive

January 28, 2008

cross.jpgRob tells me that yesterday, the first day it was possible to sign up for the 24/45 prayer event, 172 hours of the 45 days got covered. That’s a little over a week of the 6 1/2 weeks. That’s awesome. Several men also told me they were willing to cover the night sleeping shifts, possibly enough to cover the whole 45 days. Again, awesome. All this is amazing and exciting, isn’t it? (more…)

Open Letter to … well, WHOEVER

January 26, 2008

rob-tent.jpgSome of you blog-readers may have noticed that an “open letter” post appeared once before and then suddenly disappeared. That’s because I had my facts wrong. Rob (to whom the first ‘open letter’ had been addressed) emailed me in great dismay because I’d written that the 24/45 idea was his and it wasn’t.  (more…)

Why 45 Days

January 25, 2008

jesus.jpgWhy 45 days of 24/7? An easy and obvious answer is that Lent is 45 days. Actually, Lent technically lasts 40 days, without the 5 Sundays before Palm Sunday. (Sundays are considered mini-resurrection days, since Jesus rose on the first day of the week.) While the number 40 has several significant associations in the Bible, the most important for Lent is the 40 days Jesus spent fasting and praying in the desert after he was baptized and before he began his ministry. (more…)

Are We Ready for This?

January 24, 2008

tent-wall.jpgOkay, here’s the deal. It’s over, but it’s not. When the members of the 24/7 prayer planning team came together on Sunday, most of us had a strong sense that the 24/7 prayer week needed to end when the week was over, and that we were to take the tent down IMMEDIATELY. The Israelites of old had to be willing to take down their tabernacle as soon as the pillar of cloud (during the day) or pillar of fire (if it happened at night) moved. 24/7 Prayer isn’t an organization, it’s is a global movement. So we intend to keep moving. (more…)