In a nutshell, this worship experiment will explore what happens when a church saturates itself with prayer and worship without ceasing -- literally.
In other places on this site, I've been mentioning only worship. But prayer will weave itself into these worship times like the thread of a needle in fabric.
This whole thing, in other words, has an outward focus. It's not a bless me club. Worship, unfortunately, can be approached from a selfish perspective if the worshiper so chooses. We can turn it into a "so what's in it for me" type thing.
My burning desire is to create a place for people in Goleta to come at all hours -- whenever they need it, even in the middle of the night when someone's depressed or going through something -- to lay their burdens at Jesus' feet, take their eyes off themselves, fix their attention on the glory of God through the act of worship, and then intercede for others through prayer.
"It is more blessed to give than to receive," said Jesus. And that's the beating heart of this project. As we come and worship and give our hearts to Jesus and serve others through prayer to help them bear their burdens, we will find that Jesus comes and helps us with our burdens too.
I'm a little nervous though. Our church is around 50 people, give or take (I honestly haven't counted in a long time), and of those 50, only a small group of people are able to participate -- at least in these beginning stages. That's okay though. I won't "despise the day of small beginnings."
So for the first week -- which will begin the week of Sunday, August 3rd -- it might not be 24/7, seven days a week. Even if it falls short in the beginning, it will certainly increase the prayer and worship in our church. Prayer is so fundamental for building anything in the kingdom that Charles Spurgeon always had large troops of intercessors praying for him and the church while he preached. And worship, as we see in Acts, can shake the world and open prison doors. When the Presence of Christ draws near during a worship time, He sets captives free.
It will take time to build this thing. Anything worth building takes time and hard work.
And -- I believe this with all of my heart -- it will cause us to experience the following:
"Blessed is the man whose strength is in You,
Whose heart is set on pilgrimage.
As they pass through the Valley of Baca,
They make it a spring;
The rain also covers it with pools.
They go from strength to strength;
Each one appears before God in Zion." (Psalm 84:5-7, NKJV)