Monday, March 27, 2006

Listen to this audio clip: "Bless every one of you who are men and women and prayer"

Updated/shortened March 30, 2006

I was listening to a George Verwer MP3 last week, and was so struck with a three-minute section on prayer that I thought I would share it with you on this blog. This clip (which I have also transcribed into text below) comes from a message George spoke in the States in 2005, and makes up the end of a message on the Armor of God (Ephesians 6:10-18).

Click here to listen to this 3-minute (2.5 MB) MP3, and be challenged!

(Click here to listen to this full message, or here to listen to one of 40 other George Verwer MP3 messages.)

Pray without ceasing. - 1 Thessalonians 5:17

The clip in text:

"I want to be honest. I’ve looked across the world for 50 years for men and women of prayer--men and women who take verses like this seriously--and I have not found many. Again, I’m sure many of them keep just it secret and there are men and women of prayer that I have met that I wouldn’t know. I’m sure many of you are men and women of prayer. I wouldn’t just know that through talking to you for a few minutes.

"So bless every one of you who are men and women and prayer – who are praying on all occasions, who are praying for all kinds of people, all kinds of situations. I’m reminded of Thessalonians: “pray without ceasing;” and many of the setbacks in the American church—and there have been many... even in these great, famous churches – have been ripped apart by every kind of sin, every kind of transgression; and I believe much of it is linked with prayerlessness.

"It’s linked with the fact that thousands of pastors threw the prayer meeting out the window 30 years ago when a theologian in a famous book said, “anything in the church you have to push, like the prayer meeting: forget it, it’s not worth it; and 1,000 prayer meeting across America—from Maine to California—were canceled.

"And today we are largely a prayerless church. And then we wonder why our young people are in such a mess. And so much, so much unnecessary divorce, so much immorality, so many people—even leaders—caught up into the world of pornography. We are paying a bitter price in our country for the laying aside of spiritual warfare in the ministry of prayer. I know these words are strong. I don’t say them lightly.

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"Let us pray. Our God and Father, we thank you for your Holy Word. Like a two-edged sword it cuts in to the very being of our heart. And we come, we come in brokenness and surrender; realizing we have failed, realizing at times we have not worn this whole armor. We’ve left the shield of faith to one side and left the Sword of the Spirit back in the closet. And we come to you, somehow to recommit our lives: to be your men, to be your women – to go where you want us to go, to do what you want us to do. And Lord, even as we receive this, we’re still vulnerable, we’re still very human, we may not even know what to say to one another throughout this day because there’s been a strong Word to our hearts. But oh Lord, enable us not to be hearers of the Word [only], but doers. For we ask in Jesus’ name, Amen."
ar TORONTO, CANADA | 2023+

APRIL


MAY

27 Sat (1) 11am Commencement speaker at R. University, (2) ~3pm+ time w/ V/AR+
29 Mon (1) 9:30am VT prayer, (2) 3pm mtg DerCh - Mississauga
30 Tue (1) 10am ph call (AA), (2) 5:30pm video mtg (IsTan), (3) 8pm neighbourhood prayer mtg

JUNE
1 Thu (1) 11:30am Zoom mtg (LM), (2) 4pm mtg (VS,KBr)
2 Fri (1) 10:30am ph call (PVDW; SL w/ boys; ~J working)
3 Sat SL w/ boys and MG
5 Mon (1) 9:30am VT prayer mtg, (2) 2pm Europe call, (3) 5pm mtg/walk (YM)
6 Tue (1) 11:30am lunch (GD) - St. Jacobs, (2) 4pm mtg (AF) - Cambridge, (3) 7:30pm worship night
9 Fri ~J's b'day
10 Sat North Bay trip
13 Tue 11am mtg (DAy) (~J school trip w/ ~Co | text BD)
14 Wed 9:30am time w/ BD
15 Thu 4:30pm video mtg (Paul T.)
16 Fri (1) 9am video med appt, (2) 15-km run (Prayer Journey "warm-up")
17 Sat Prayer Journey (my own: 50km GTA bike-ride; Jessie's: 5KM) and speaking at GTA after-party
23-25 Fri-Sat poss. SL
26 Mon 2pm Europe monthly call
29 ... July 7 Thu-Fri poss. holiday in Arkansas

JULY
... 7 Thu-Fri poss. holiday in Arkansas
~8-17 SA+ in Toronto; P/H Bell likely visiting too
15 Sat aft+ baptism (Saj; NaB may be coming)
17-21 Mon-Fri Kids Kapers camp
24 Mon 2:45pm med. appt
26 Wed (1) 11am video mtg (SM), (2) 3pm Zoom mtg (SMa,SB), (3) 7pm ~J speaking at Greenhouse/Zoe - UofT downtown
27 Thu 10am video MVT board mtg
31 Mon 3:05pm med. appt
July/Aug CCWM board mtg / AGM

AUGUST
2 Wed 11am video mtg (SM+)
6-12 Sun-Fri Cottage w/ O/DN+ and UB/AC - Windermere; plus Muskoka
19 Sat poss. ~J fam beach day - Brighton area
25-29 Fri-Tue MoveIn staff retreat - southern Ontario

2023+
Sep 21 Thu - MVT board mtg
Sep 23 Sat poss. date of GV memorial
Sep 24 Sun ~Ch's b'day
Sep ~26-28 Poss. time in Lushnjë, Albania
Sep 29 - Oct 6 MoveIn Europe Conference+ - Durrës, Albania
Oct 21 Sat poss./unlikely date of GV memorial
Oct 21-27 Dollar-a-Day week
Early Nov Poss. fundraising event - Niagara
Nov-Jan Poss. time in India - Goa; Philippines - Manila+; Indonesia - Jakarta/Bali; LA/San Diego