The invisible yet mighty power of God was evident in the lives of believers as described in Acts 2. There was a desperation and hunger for more of God and as a result 3,000 were added to the Church that day and an authentic community was formed with a love for God, one another and the world.
A couple of years ago Matt Redman released a song called “Simple Pursuit/Glory Song”, the lyrics go like this:
God, take us back, the place we began
The simple pursuit of nothing but You
The innocence of a heart in Your hands
God take us back, oh God, take us back…
To an unswerving faith in the power of Your name
A heart beating for Your kingdom to reign
A church that is known for Your presence again
God take us back
I don’t know about you, but I have a longing and desire for each one of us to set down the things that pull us away from allowing God to move in our lives and instead for our hearts to beat in tune with Father’s heart. I’m not sure what it may be for you, perhaps it’s fear, money, material things, religion or just the desire to live a comfortable and safe life that may be hindering what God wants to do in your life.
Matt’s song ends with:
“Nothing and no one comes close to You
Nothing could ever come close
Nothing and no one, it’s You and You only
Nothing could ever come close.”
No matter what we search for, nothing ever comes close to that intimate relationship that we all can have with our Heavenly Father. He loves us deeply and is longing for each one of us to pursue Him. Let us draw close to Him so we as “the Church” can see Him move in our own lives as well as within our church congregations and throughout Ireland.
Father, I pray that we would set aside the noise, desires and distractions and come back to You. Father that our hearts would beat like Yours, that Your Kingdom would reign throughout Ireland and that our churches would be known as places where You are present and where the lost encounter and find You. Amen.