Communicate With God Daily: Tips to Effective Communication With God, Part 2
Communicate with your Father, not just when you are in trouble. Would you be happy to only hear from your own children when they are in trouble? Probably not. Neither does your Heavenly Father. Remember, God is our Forever Friend! “Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
(1 Thess 5:16-18 NIV)
: On a Wednesday morning, on August 13, 1727, a special Communion service happened in Herrnhut, Germany. The small Moravian congregation of twenty-four men and twenty-four women gathered. Their young leader was Count Ludvig Nicklaus von Zinzendorf.
As they confessed their sins to one another, the Spirit of God fell with incredible power upon them. Count Zinzendorf gave this account later on: “We needed to come to the Communion with a sense of the loving nearness of the Savior.”
The men and women were determined that the flame of intercession should burn at the heart of their community continually, and so they divided themselves to pray in succession around the clock. This nonstop “Hourly Intercession” lasted day and night for more than 100 years.
And what were the results of their prayers? Within the first two years, the first missionaries, two young men, declared their willingness to become slaves if necessary to reach the slaves in the West Indies with the Gospel. By 1742, the Moravians at Herrnhut had established missions in the Virgin Islands, Greenland, Turkey, the Gold Coast of Africa, South Africa, and North America. During those 100 years, more than 100 missionaries were sent out from that small village to take the Gospel to the world.
(By Peter Kennedy firstname.lastname@example.org , Copyright 2001, Devotional E-Mail DEVOTIONS IN JOHN)