On the last Sunday of every year since 2011, Desert Hills has held a 24-hour prayer vigil. As part of the prayer vigil, we come together as a church family for two hours of corporate prayer. Giving thanks to God for His care the past year and bathing the coming year in prayer has eternal ramifications we will only fully know in the age to come.
This year we plan to continue our annual tradition with a slight twist. Because we have taken on the 2017 prayer challenge, we have seen how God has answered our prayers, and many of those answers have come not in changes to our external circumstances but in changes God has made within us. As we draw near to the Lord, He draws near to us, and when we spend that kind of time in the presence of the Holy One of Israel, we cannot but be changed.
At the end of the year when we come together for our annual two-hour prayer service, we will spend some time sharing with one another how God has changed us through the prayer challenge. I would encourage you to begin thinking about how God is working in your heart now, if you have not begun to do so already. In what ways has God changed you as you have sought Him in prayer? How has prayer changed for you as you have persevered in spending regular, daily time in prayer, and extended time an hour one day each week? What impact did having accountability with a prayer partner have on your walk with Christ?
Take some time to think through what God is doing in answer to your prayers and in you as you seek Him. Keep a journal, or just note some things in a place where you will remember. And then come ready to share your testimony of how God has worked in your life.
Some of you may be wondering why I’m talking about an event that happens on December 31 when it’s still only May. The reason is because you will change so much between now and the end of the year, that if you don’t start noting it now, you might not remember how much God has done in your life through prayer. Over the summer continue to pray. And be amazed at what God will do when we seek His face in prayer.