Praying for People in His DepthFrom series The Power of Prayer.
In this talk by Mike Pilavachi, Mike introduces his subject of moving in the power of the Spirit by stating that with this sermon he is wanting the church to 'Press the reset button' with what they do.
The following notes were taken by the Bible Reflections teams...
Mike Pilavachi states that his desire is for his church to be, stay and become more a church that is regularly overwhelmed by the manifested power of the Lord. For him, he wants to engage and be part of a christianity that doesn't stops at the neck but goes moves through his body and soul. Mike states that he longs for more.
There has been a fear within the global church that many have become too spiritual.
What the church forgot in the move of the spirit over the last few decades was the end result - the great commission - that people enter into a relationship with the living Jesus.
Mikes desire is that the church he belongs to would become a church that reaches non-christians - where non-believers are welcomed in and guided through, and that at the front and centre of their vision is the great commission.
Mike states that he doesn't want a form of christianity that is all about me, he doesn't want a consumeristic culture. But equally, he doesn't want to be a 'dieting' charismatic - "we don't want our services to be 'charismatic lite'".
He states that we want people to come into the kingdom and be discipled under the word mixed with a church that engages with a God who can't be put in a box or given a time limit. Further more, we want to be a church that moves in the power of spirit and sees new converts baptised.
Naturally Supernaturally - God moves in power and people are changed - we want to do that in a way that is accessible, natural and normal.
We want to be a church where people come forward for prayer without even knowing what they are coming forward for - where people are compelled by the spirit - where they come forward for prayer and are led into a relationship with Jesus.
A church where the manifest presence of God has more impact than a good welcome team or lighting or sound system.
The manifest presence of God is our birth-right. It is what we need, it will draw people in.
We mustn't get whacky and weird but we must allow God to become as whacky and weird as he wants, and we don't want to make excuses or apologise for Him.
How do we theologise when people experience the overflow of the power of God before become christians? At what point does someone become a Christian?
Jesus brings good news to people - he was good news and speaks good news and he hasn't changed, nor have we, and we still need good news.
We should never hype-up or manipulate, He doesn't need us to.
We should be equipped to minister in his name. Some are given specific gifts - Some are called to be evangelists but all are called to evangelise and be witnesses.
But we are all called to minister in the power of the spirit. Praying for people is never about us, it is always about Him.
Mike then provides illustrations and examples and advise using his experience of moving and praying with authority in the power of the Spirit.