Tuesday Re-mix –
“To often we treat prayer as the preparation for the work of the church…do you not see, prayer IS the work of the church.” Oswald Chambers
Two true stories from my ministry:
1. “God, I’ve got this one…I’ll check with you on the next one.” I had not yet really started a ministry. I was a lawyer, a seminar speaker, and somewhat of a Bible teacher. As a negotiator, I had been involved in hundreds of secular mediations, and I had only just begun experimenting with mediation in the church. I received a call from a minister friend who needed a mediation done at a small church he knew. The pastor was in trouble and the church leadership was dividing. I asked how many people this included and he told me about a dozen or so. I told him to get them all together on a Saturday morning and I would fly out, mediate with them for a half-day or so, and take care of it.
Yes, I really did say that. Looking back on it, I can’t believe the arrogance. I had been in all these mediations, most of which had resulted in resolutions, and I genuinely thought to myself, “How hard can this be?” There was no prayer involved, other than the obligatory prayer at the beginning of the Saturday meeting. I showed up, began the mediation, and the whole thing fell apart within a couple of hours. A church was all but destroyed and a man’s ministry was ended. My own lack of any Spiritual preparation or focus was the reason.
2. “God, I cannot do this without you.” I was speaking to a congregation about some severe conflict in their church. It was actually just one stage of a full-blown intervention involving a