All Worship Night: Prayer beyond words on 9.29.10

It truly was a pleasure to worship together on September 29 at the All Worship Night.  I believe that the church is never more the church when it is gathered at the feet of Jesus.  The evening began with fast tempo high energy music as we reminded ourselves that there is no time like the present to celebrate our unchanging God (The Time Has Come and Everlasting God).

Then there may have been a moment when our good friend JVR came up on stage and played a tin whistle solo…but if you weren’t there then this is probably better left unsaid…

We taught a new song about how God reigns in all every situation – from the loudest shouts of praise, to the quiet whispered phrase.  You can download Our God Reigns here.  Then, the well-known songs Holy Is The Lord and Let My Words Be Few helped us focus as we entered a time of silent prayer.

I shared a story about something I learned in prayer.  There was one time in my life where I felt like I was at a loss for how to pray in a specific situation.  I felt like I simply just didn’t have the words to even formulate my prayer to God.  I would slow down to pray and the only thing that would come out was a quiet whisper in my mind, just the name “Jesus…Jesus…Jesus…”  I felt as though I didn’t have the words to pray, but God knew.  It was as if the Holy Spirit knew my prayer and was praying on my behalf.

In Romans chapter 8 it reads:

In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. 27And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God’s will.

I invited anyone who was going through a rough time, who felt like they no longer had the words to pray, to stand up and let the Holy Spirit intercede on their behalf.  We were then reminded by these words of Ephesians chapter 3:

16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
20Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

We responded to God’s power to do more than we could ever imagine by singing Revelation Song, followed by an original song based on Romans 8 called Inseparable which you can download here.  Finally, we ended with the powerful reminder from Matt Redman’s song You Never Let Go.

At least we thought we were going to end there.  As JVR came on the stage to give the announcements it was his turn to put us on the spot and he called for another song.  Shawn Christopher proceeded to lift the roof of the Lakeside Auditorium as only she can while we did probably the longest loudest version of You Are Good that I’ve ever been a part of.

This night there were moments of extreme celebration and moments that were too deep for words.  Be reminded that no matter what you find yourself going through – even when you don’t have the words to say it – God knows.  From the loudest shouts of praise to the quiet whispered phrase: Our God Reigns.


Posted by Aaron Niequist on 10.01.10 under Lead Worship, Wednesday Nights.

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