“If this is you, if you would like to start the most incredible journey ever, then it would be my honour to lead you in the most powerful prayer you’ll ever pray.”
I was at a large worship event about two weeks ago – an awe-inspiring, tear-drawing time of standing in absolute reverence at the bigness of who God is and what a profound experience it is when thousands worship together in unity. For most of the two hours I stood there I didn’t sing because each time I’d choke on my own unworthiness and stutter when struck by the holiness of God and how far I fall short and how He is still so gracious to love me.
A way into the evening one of the musos (also the pastor) took lead mic and spoke of the life that is found in Jesus, of the promise and the hope that we hold onto in Him. He spoke of truth and of forgiveness and redemption for sin; he spoke of victory and Spirit and of how we can come to know Him who knew us before the beginning of time. An altar call.
At one point he said those words: “then it would be my honour to lead you in the most powerful prayer you’ll ever pray.” I stopped. Considered. Pondered. Wondered. Wavered.
I’m not convinced. I’m open to the fact that I may be wrong in my disbelief here, but I’m still not convinced. What is the most powerful prayer you’ll ever pray? I’m not sure. Is there such a thing? I don’t know.
I understand (as much as my human kind) a fraction of the ginormous miracle it is that Jesus offered himself as a sacrifice to atone for our fall. I understand that when accepting Jesus it is the first acknowledgement of one’s own sinfulness and the first admittance of needing a Saviour. I understand that for each person it is the start of a journey so wild they can’t begin to comprehend the entirety of it. I understand that as soon as we ask for Christ’s life in place of our own we stand clean before God.
I feel though that his statement near-nullified the power of prayer and the working of God’s Spirit through prayer. What if God should choose to raise someone to life because of one of your prayers? What about praying for healing? What about leading someone else to Christ – that prayer? What about asking for forgiveness each day? Are they less powerful?
I’m not convinced. I understand what it was that he was trying to say – the message and truth he knows in his heart, but I’m still not convinced.
Think about it. I’d love to hear what you have to say. Most powerful prayer or not? Maybe that’s not even the right question.