This is the last week of the 21 day Daniel Fast at City on a Hill Church. Sunday January 29, 2012 we will also wrap up our series Circles: Praying Circles around our future and our fears. We began the Daniel Fast in conjunction with the Circles series under the prompting of the Holy Spirit. Something miraculous happens when you call a whole city to fast, pray and seek God together. During this series I shared our bold vision and I even got very specific about our coming miracle. I shared what God had placed in my heart and what has been confirmed to me by numerous people through dreams and visions. I shared that I believe God is going to give us a building debt free to His glory. The reason this miracle is so significant is because the leadership of this church has agreed to never be a slave to the lender. We will never enter into financial debt in any way, shape or form. We believe where God guides He provides. Our current rented space is proof of that. We meet in, what I call, our 11,000 square foot miracle. It is a Recreation Center filed with everything we need and more to accomplish God’s purposes. However, we are limited because our vision far exceeds a once a week meeting space. Our vision is to have a building where we can have discipleship classes throughout the week, a youth mentoring program, an after school program, a martial arts program, Wednesday Night services with a full compliment of ministries for Children and Youth, a car care clinic for single mom’s and the elderly, counseling center, preschool, an extension campus for seminary to produce church planters, pastors and missionaries ultimately to build, become and be a city within a city reaching our city with the life changing message of Jesus Christ one life at a time. Just sharing that vision about someone buying us a building or giving us a building is pretty bold. I get it but I can’t shake it and it has been confirmed multiple times without ever being shared by multiple people. So with my eyes wide open I search the city, circling it looking, believing and trusting. Is it the abandoned school on 38th Ave North? OR 83rd Ave. North? Is it the abandoned Sears building on Dr.MLK St. North just north of our church? Is it a church building waiting to be gifted by a congregation who has served God’s purposes in their generation? Is it an abandoned church building? I don’t know! What I do know is I have to keep my eyes wide open. I am truly encouraged by Elijah’s story in 1 Kings 18. Elijah was in need of a miracle. He kept circling and praying asking God for rain. He prayed and looked and prayed and looked and prayed and looked. He had his eyes wide open. Check it out.
1 Kings 18:43-45 (ESV) 43 And he said to his servant, “Go up now, look toward the sea.” And he went up and looked and said, “There is nothing.” And he said, “Go again,” seven times. 44 And at the seventh time he said, “Behold, a little cloud like a man’s hand is rising from the sea.” And he said, “Go up, say to Ahab, ‘Prepare your chariot and go down, lest the rain stop you.’” 45 And in a little while the heavens grew black with clouds and wind, and there was a great rain. And Ahab rode and went to Jezreel.
What an amazing story! Elijah prayed and kept his eyes wide open looking for his miracle. It hadn’t rained in three years but that didn’t stop him. He prayed and kept his eyes wide open. That is what I am doing. I am praying and keeping my eyes wide open, expectantly waiting for a phone call or office visit or divine intersection. I know that I know this is going to happen. I don’t know when but I know it will happen. I don’t know how but I know it will happen. I just have to keep my eyes wide open. One day I will see “a little cloud like a man’s hand rising” and I will get ready for a downpour. A year ago I treasured these dreams up in my heart keeping them between me, God and the people who shared them. Now I have made them public. Who knows maybe the person God is going to use to make this miracle come to life will be reading this blog? I just keep circling, praying, and fasting with my eyes wide open.