Let me say it again, I love my church!! (On a side note, I pray you feel that way about your church as well.) Many days at my church are amazing but today might have been over the top. Houston’s First Baptist is committed to prayer and has a vibrant and effective prayer ministry. Today that ministry actively engaged in our latest building campaign, the expansion and remodel of our Preschool and Kindergarten wing, through a special time called Foundation of Prayer.
The Houston's First Family was invited to write the names of children in their lives on the foundation of the Preschool and Kindergarten areas currently being renovated. In 2008, on the floor of the Worship Center, thousands of names were written when it was being renovated and the prayer team and others have actively prayed for those names and have seen many come to faith. Now, the church family will have the opportunity to literally "pray over" the names of thousands of children for years to come – asking God to draw their hearts to Him.
As I walked throughout this space, I was overwhelmed by the Spirit of God and felt His presence in a very tangible way. I spoke with Melinda, my dear friend and Director of the Preschool and Kindergarten ministry, but only for a moment because I wanted to continue to walk with the Spirit throughout the place. Tears freely flowed as I read names and Bible verses that parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles had written.
As I kneeled in an area off to the side, I swept the dirt away and ask the Lord what I was to write – what I was to believe for – what I desired above all else for the spiritual children in my life. Here is what He gave me:
Does this seem impossible? Yes, but my God is the God of the impossible, and I want to quit believing Him for small things and start believing Him for the miraculous. I believe one day the Lord will call me away from Houston and Houston’s First Baptist Church but what a comfort to know that they will still be ministering to me as they walk over this little spot where I wrote my desire down. Some of my spiritual children are yet to be born and how wonderful to think that faithful saints will be praying for my kids long after I have left the church.
Did I tell you that I love my church?