Jesus Makes It Easy to Pray

June 23, 2021

Jesus Makes It Easy to Pray OVERCOMPLICATING PRAYER  Before becoming a prayer room coordinator I had no idea how hard it would be to get believers to pray. While we have seen many become activated in the place of prayer since launching the prayer room, statistically speaking, it is only a drop in the bucket. Vast amounts of Christians are in this city, and I long to see a day where this prayer room is regularly filled with praying and worshipping believers.  I have spent much time thinking about why all this resistance to prayer exists. Recently my thinking turned into dialogue with the Lord, and as is often the case, He turned the spotlight back onto my own life. He began to show me all the times He longed to be with me, and I chose some other activity over Him. It was as if I saw it from His perspective. He was wooing me and I was resisting Him time and time again.  After processing a little further with the Lord I realized the core reason why I don’t pray as I should. It is not because I don’t hear His voice. Many times I feel Him wooing me with His love, and yet I still willingly resist it. Neither is it a lack of zeal or passion for God; underneath it all, I know my heart desires to be with Him above all else. I have come to the conclusion that most often the reason I do not come to Him in prayer is because I overcomplicate prayer in my mind.  JESUS IS EXPLICIT WHEN IT...
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HARVEST HOUSE OF PRAYER- A YEAR IN REVIEW

May 26, 2021

HARVEST HOUSE OF PRAYER- A YEAR IN REVIEW Unexpected transition… It was about a year ago that the Lord moved my family and I from Orlando, Florida to Columbus, Georgia to serve at Take the City. Up until that time most of our ministry experience involved serving those recovering from life controlling issues. We never would have anticipated being placed in the leadership positions we are now in, my wife serving as the manager for Harvest Coffee, and myself coordinating the Harvest House of Prayer. Both of these ministries are within the context of the Take the City mission base here in Columbus.  A heart for prayer… Take the City is a very dynamic organization with all sorts of initiatives and projects aimed towards transforming cities with the gospel. At the center of it all, though, there is the prayer room. I have always had a heart for prayer and worship, and have always seen it as essential to any and all kingdom work. Even in my recovery and in the ministry therein I always found myself preaching on the subject of worship and prayer, and it has always been a priority and a core value in my walk with Christ. However, I never thought I would have the great honor of giving myself to this one thing for a living. The even greater honor is that God would count me worthy of empowering others to do the same. It is an unspeakable privilege. Stretched and surprised… It was also unspeakably uncomfortable at first if I’m being honest. I am a natural introvert and would much prefer to follow...
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THE BEAUTIFUL GIFT OF TEARS

March 30, 2021

The Beautiful Gift of Tears Have you ever reached a place in your emotional life where all there was left to do was to cry? It seems to happen most often when you least expect it. Can you remember the last time that you shed honest tears? Maybe it was over the pain of losing someone you love. Or maybe it was in response to a hurting loved one who was beyond your help. Perhaps someone wounded you with a nasty insult and made you feel “less than.” Whatever the case we have all experienced this phenomenon of crying. Tears are just a part of being a human. They are our soul’s acknowledgement of our own brokenness and its sincere attempt to reach towards some kind of solution. As Christ followers we know the solution is found in God alone. For this reason weeping ought to be an integral part of our prayer lives. WEEPING IS A GIFT… …to ourselves The benefits of this are insurmountable. By way of tears, our emotions find a healthy outlet and our hearts are freed from any lingering grief that can quickly turn into poison if left undealt with. Not only this, but by not weeping we actually cut ourselves off from a large segment of our fellowship with God. Human beings are made in the image of God and we were made to fellowship with Him. Scripture is riddled with indicators that Yahweh, though mighty and strong, is also extremely empathetic and sensitive to the brokenness of humanity to the point of grief (Gen. 6:6) and weeping (Jn. 11:35). As image bearers...
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Thoughts from the Prayer Room – “The Wildest Worshipers in Heaven are Actually Old Folks?”

February 26, 2021

“COOL IT” There is a story I’ve become familiar with in my last ten years of being a Christian. It goes something like this— Young person is lost in sin.  Congregation prays for said young person to receive salvation.  God answers prayer—young person receives salvation and is delivered from sin.  Congregation praises God; they are overcome with joy.  Young person becomes a passionate worshiper of Jesus and challenges the status quo. Congregation warns young person to balance their “zeal with wisdom.”  On one hand, the congregation has a point. I actually strongly agree that it is right for young believers to seek wisdom from the word of God and from stronger believers in the faith. On the other hand… I cringe at the idea that acquiring wisdom equates with losing zeal for Jesus. Not only is it unnecessary, but I believe it’s actually unbiblical in many ways. I’ll explain, but first let me share a story. A WEIGHTIER EXAMPLE When I came into the faith I was a young man who’d just come out of a lifestyle of drug addiction. I was a zealous drug user so it only made sense to me that I’d be just as zealous for Jesus. Even without this logic, Jesus was simply too amazing to me to “let my fire cool down.” My first year in the faith was spent in a faith-based recovery program and I was known as the guy who sang too loud, lifted his hands too high, and went to the altar too much. I think I annoyed a lot of my peers, but I honestly didn’t care much....
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21 NIGHTS OF PRAYER

January 28, 2021

21 Nights of Prayer Wow! We just finished our 21 Nights of Prayer, and I am still reeling from all God did! From January 1st-21st believers from all over the community gathered together in our little prayer room to simply worship the Lord and to pray. There were no gimmicks, no programs, no catch 22’s, just simple desire to worship and go deeper with the Lord in prayer. With this kind of unity and purity of heart, God is guaranteed to move among His people. And did He ever!  What He did… Night after night, I recall looking across the room and seeing every single person engaged in the worship and intercession being led from the stage. One person reported that during a Wednesday night she felt such peace enter the room that she couldn’t even get up from where she was sitting. Other nights, this same person testified that the power of God was so tangible she couldn’t sit down if she wanted to!  One definitive moment that stood out for me was the second Saturday night. An altar call was given for those in the room to receive the baptism in the Holy Spirit. Multiple people came up, received prayer, encountered the Lord, and then the whole room broke out in spontaneous praise, dancing before the Lord. The joy was contagious! A Life Changed One of the people that received prayer during this altar call was a young man who recently joined the army and was stationed close by at Ft. Benning. After hearing about our prayer room on google, he visited us on that first night...
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Olivia

Even with only 2 Take the City Outreaches under my belt, they have made such an impact in my own personal journey of faith, and others I have crossed paths with! The most special part to me is knowing that even if I meet someone and I never see them again, I know God has allowed me to touch their heart and plant a seed that I couldn’t have done sitting at home. I’m so thankful for this organization because it truly has allowed me to connect with others, with the goal of bringing them closer to Christ, while becoming closer with God myself at the same time.