Bob Mayo, Stonepoint Member
To day will not be my usual type of blog. Mostly because the day itself was a bit unusual. It started out the same but soon after I got to church, I knew in my heart there was going to be something different. At least for me, it turned out to be what I could call a Spirit breathed message. I won’t try to go over all the points of the message. It would be way too long and difficult. Please go to the Stonepoint Website if you haven’t heard the message. Instead I would just like to talk about the affect the message had on me.
The text today was 2 Samuel 6:1-19, which the pastor described as an obscure passage that we may have read but probably have given little thought to. How right he was! It all had to do with giving reverence or irreverence to God. Example: Uzzah reached out to steady the Ark of the Covenant and was immediately struck dead. While his intentions were good, he knew better. Another example: David got upset and would not take the Ark to Jerusalem. Instead, David brought it to the house of Obed-edom. I don’t know much about him, but I do know he had a reverence for God and treated the Ark with respect. And God blessed Him because of his reverence.
Later, after David had decided to retrieve the Ark and take it into the city. As pastor pointed out, David had decided “old school” and bring proper worship back to God. He set the Ark up in it’s proper place with much singing, dancing and reverence. Because of this to this day, a Jew would say that the glory days of the Israelites was during David’s reign as King. It came about because of one decision made by King David.
Good story and message, but what is the point? Here it is and I quote, “we have gotten about the business of doing church. Did we come to church today expecting to meet the living God? I confessed, he did not. Neither did I.
I must say that a lot of what pastor said today has already been burdening me. Especially when brought up the point that one area we need to go back to “old school” is in the area of PRAYER. Can I confess something to you? It’s probably no secret to some of you that I work with the ministry of Gospel for Asia. It is often said around here that GFA was born out of a prayer meeting and it continues with prayer. My confession is that if GFA continues by my prayers, GFA is in serious trouble. My prayers have become cold, routine and few. This struck me so hard this morning that I nearly broke out in tears. Even as I am writing this, my eyes get teared up and I get a tightness in my chest and a lump in my throat. I can’t speak for anyone else at GFA or Stonepoint, but I can speak for myself, God is not pleased with me. Pastor admitted that prayer is the weakest spiritual disciplines he faces. I am right there with him. Prayer is a battle, often tedious, and more often just avoided all together in my life. Most of the time I have to write my prayers out, just to keep my mind from wandering.
No judgment, but let me ask a question: how is your prayer life? Is it like mine? If your prayer life is like mine, what are we going to do about it?
Friends, we claim to love and serve the Living God of the Universe! How is it that we treat Him so irreverently? I have often thought about coming to the Thursday prayer meeting at Stonepoint. So far, I have always found an excuse not to come, such as: I already serve in a full-time ministry, I’m tired and need to go home and rest. Or at other times I just forget about it. I sometimes treat our prayer meetings here the same way. May God forgive us!! I’m going to put myself out on a limb here. Like King David. I made a decision today. It started today that, by God’s grace, I am going to pray more, pray with a heart and mind that I am praying to the living God, and treat God with reverence. Anyone out there want to join me and hold me accountable? Are you and I ready to quit doing church and ministry as usual? May God forgive our sin and may we be truly the Body of Christ to Him and to the world.