It's been 10 days since we started the David's Tabernacle Project. We're certainly short of the long-term goal (of 24/7 prayer/worship) but I haven't been worried about that. I've been so in awe of everything -- as far as how adding these extra hours of voluntary prayer/worship has changed people's lives -- that I'm too busy thanking God for all the amazing testimonies to worry too much about the numbers.
There's nothing particularly complicated about this. It's a response to God's Biblical promise from James 4:8: "Draw near to Him and He will draw near to you..."
So what happens when God draws near to us? The more time we spend with Him directly and with His Body (by spending time with other believers in a local church family), the more we behold His glory in a variety of ways. 2 Corinthians 3:18 gives us this promise:
"But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord" (NKJV).
So has all this intense intercessory prayer and "music-based" worship (as opposed to worship done in other non-musical ways) made a difference?
Not only have I seen breakthroughs in people's lives happen in the last 10 days -- and I'm talking major breakthroughs that we've been praying about for YEARS -- but the fruit of the Spirit has multiplied abundantly in others and in myself. All of this spiritual fruit is not staying in the four walls of the church either. People take the Presence of Christ out with them, and it has been affecting the lives of people we encounter in public.
I will confess one thing though: I've been physically EXHAUSTED. Granted, this thing is set up so that it's not like ONE person is doing a marathon session of prayer or worship for 24 hours -- we share the load and each person usually volunteers 1-2 hours of their time for a single "shift" -- but still it's been more demanding physically than I had anticipated. (I think it's a sign that I just need to get in better physical shape.)
But it has all been worth it. And people are expressing great enthusiasm about continuing the project. Only God knows where it will go from here. I just hope we follow Him.
Here's a group of us during a prayer "shift":