I don’t know about you, but some Sunday mornings I wish we could extend our time of corporate praise and worship for just a little bit longer. I have nothing against Nolan’s sermons. In fact, I love them; but, for me, there is nothing sweeter than letting go and singing songs of worship and adoration to the Lord. Worship through music and song has always been one of the clearest ways I’ve heard from God.
Clayton and I have the privilege of participating in a special ministry called Audience of One, or A1. Audience of One is “corporate expression of worship and prayer to our Audience of One, the Lord our God that is facilitated by churches in the Katy area. [It] is a love offering to the One that first loved us. It is a place where a person can hear the heart of the Lord as we share our heart with Him.” On the first and third Mondays of each month, we lead worship through song in partnership with a prayer leader who lifts up scripture and requests to God. The format is simple: come as you are, pray, sing, meditate, journal, or just sit quietly in the presence of God. That’s it. There is absolute freedom for you to worship however you worship best!
During the hour-long set, our prayer leader focuses on different aspects of God’s character, reads scripture, and intercedes on behalf of the lost, lonely, hurting, and needy of our community while we cycle through worship songs as the Spirit leads. It is truly a time of encouragement, freedom, and peace. Last night, in particular, was a very powerful time of worship for me. Even though there were no other participants other than Clayton, our prayer leader, and myself, the Spirit of the Lord was in the room, filling us with his presence. What joy we found from crying out to God with abandon, not worrying about who was listening or not listening–the only important thing was that He was listening. I was reminded of Matthew 18:20, when Jesus says, “Where two or more are gathered in my name, there am I with them.”
If you find yourself needing a time of rest at the feet of Jesus, I encourage you to check out the A1 schedule at http://www.thegreatsouthwestprayercenter.org/AudienceOfOne.html. The next set we will lead is Monday, April 7, from 7:00-8:00 pm.; however, there are many other opportunities for prayer and worship throughout the week. An hour in the presence of God is an hour well spent!