One Thing I Ask
A month ago churches in nations across the globe were coming together in prayer as part of Thy Kingdom Come and stories are still trickling in.
Here is one from Mike Hayes in Dundee.
“We had a twenty-four hour slot for prayer at our Prayer Space in The Attic Lounge, Kirkton, Dundee during the ten day period ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ before Pentecost recently.
I had chosen the slot midnight to 3am. My friend David joined me for some of the time.
We had already prayed our ‘shopping list’ prayers earlier in the evening – for family and community. That had been good and we sensed God was spurring us on to seek His Kingdom in this place. But now came a time of just seeking God for Himself and being ourselves in His presence. Resting in Him. Worshipping. Enjoying His presence with us. Savouring His beauty. Praying for each other. Praying that we would know & love Him better.
We still had many concerns on our hearts but wanted to appreciate God Himself at this time.
It was lovely. A real blessing. Time just vanished! I guess it gave God a chance to reveal Himself and His love for us more tangibly. He is a God who delights in us and loves to reveal Himself to us. To displace our performance-related worth with His lavish love for us.
There was a sense of being captivated by His love and wanting more of Him. Nourishing, filling, transforming and affirming. Gazing on his beauty.
Psalm 27:4 ‘One thing I ask from the Lord, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple.’
Like many others, this verse is the heart-felt cry of our lives. To live constantly in His presence and His beauty. That was our experience in those early hours. An experience that has become a delightful part of further prayer times.”
Mike enthusiastically got involved in Prayer Space Dundee when it was launched. He is a man of action, dog lover, GP and helps to lead Kirkton Church.
**Do you have stories from Thy Kingdom Come or another prayer week? We would love to hear them and share them here to encourage and inspire others!