I remember the day that I went with Amy for the ultrasound of our first child, Titus. To be honest with you it freaked me out…I didn’t know what to expect, but as a father- to -be for the first time what I saw on the screen in the doctor’s office, was not what I imagined. The nurse assured me that the baby was fine and looked liked it should look in an ultrasound picture. With our other two, Anna and Christian, even though I still didn’t know right off what I was looking at, I could appreciate and use my imagination enough to agree that it looked like a baby should look. We saw the heartbeat, head shape, fingers and toes wiggling. It was the actual visual evidence of a living being still in seclusion being formed and shaped until the day of birth.
Psalm 139:13-16 You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. 14 Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it. 15 You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb. 16 You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.
A picture that God continually brings to my mind of VCC is the image of an ultrasound. Instead of a physical baby I can see on a screen with my eyes, the Spirit is providing the vision. So in my prayer time with the Lord, I asked Him to give me an ultrasound view of what VCC should look like. It’s amazing how quickly at times the Lord answers our prayers…
In praying for what avenues the Lord wants us to use to stay Vertical, here is the first and most important…PRAYER.
I’m ashamed to say that it has only been in the past few years that I have realized the necessity of prayer in my walk with the Lord. Yes, I have been a pastor for many years, but one with a weak prayer life. Sometimes God uses our greatest trials to bring us to the realization of how desperately we need Him. That was certainly true on January 19, 2010. This was the first time that I cried out to God in desperation. There was a tumor on my son’s brain; he was in surgery in a hospital in Texas and at that moment more than ever before I realized the only One who could help was Jesus. My wife and I (along with many friends and family) went to the quiet chapel of the hospital, cleared the chairs out of the way and we got on our faces before the Lord and cried out for our sons life. It was and has been a hard discipline to learn, but truly the lesson learned that day is one that has forever marked me.
Prayer is communion with the ONE who gave up HIS life for you. In His Word, the Lord has made it apparent that prayer is to be a priority in the life of a believer and therefore a church. When Jesus walked with his disciples on the earth, He did not teach them how to preach, He taught them how to pray. (Matthew 6)
A church that is demonstrating this spiritual discipline of prayer and can teach us so much is The Brooklyn Tabernacle church in Brooklyn, NY. When you walk into the Brooklyn Tabernacle, you just feel “IT”…all throughout the service you feel “IT”…How many times have you walked into your Church or even visited another Church and you walked out thinking something is missing here…they don’t have “IT”…Well, what is “IT”?
“IT” is the presence of the Holy Spirit…He cannot be manufactured by human effort, or faked in any way. The Lord is obviously present at The Brooklyn Tabernacle. One of the reasons the Holy Spirit resides there each time is because the DNA of Brooklyn Tabernacle is broken, humble people who CRY out to the LORD in prayer.
As a result, they are seeing miracle after miracle.
Christine Cain once said, “We as Christians pray for miracles, even beg God for miracles, but then we stay clear of all the positions the Lord might put us in where a miracle is necessary.”
In almost every chapter in the Book of Acts you find a reference to prayer. The book makes it very clear that something happens when God’s people pray.
If you want a good study on prayer, begin in Genesis and observe how in story after story all the way to the book of revelation where people were in a situation where they needed a miracle and they CRIED out to the LORD, the Lord showed up.
So, one of the avenues that will keep VCC vertical is being a Community of Believers that CRY out to GOD and give Him glory for the miracles we will see.
How can you join us in being a Vertical Community that not only prays, but also truly CRIES out to GOD?
We need people who want to be apart of a church that prays for and desires to be like the church in Acts, to experience the Gospel forming our Vertical Community.
If the Lord has spoken to you about joining us, then please contact me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We plan to meet Sunday, November 16th at 4:00pm at our home. It is our desire to begin gathering weekly in order to pray, study the Word together, and love on the community He has planted us in.
Please message me for details if you are interested.
Also, if you desire to give to reaching NWA through VCC here is our address:
Vertical Community Church
P.O. Box 10258
Fayetteville, AR 72703
Ways you can connect with us
Twitter @DonnieGrigg11 @SomethingAmy
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