I’m wondering if one of the best things we can do for our congregation and for our community is to build a boiler room at our church. Let me give an explanation and then an invitation.
Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-1892) is known as the “prince of preachers.” He was pastor of the London Metropolitan Tabernacle and the hand of God was upon him and his church mightily and through his ministry the Lord ignited revival. Thousands came to Christ through his preaching. There were times where worship services drew as many as 10,000 people.
Spurgeon had a humble and biblical attitude about his ministry. He never took credit for the fruit. As a matter of fact, when people came to his church to learn the “secret” of his success, he took them to the basement where there were hundreds of people on their knees in fervent prayer. Yes. There was prayer before, and even during the service! Spurgeon called these prayer gatherings the church’s “boiler room.”
In Spurgeon’s day, steam was the main power source. Boiler rooms were powerhouses that drove everything from home heating systems to enormous machines in factories. While boiler rooms were never the most glamorous part of a building they were absolutely essential. Spurgeon said, “If the engine room is out of action, then the whole mill will grind to a halt. We cannot expect blessing if we do not ask.”
Spurgeon recognized that the prayers of God’s people were essential in fueling his preaching and his church.
I’m wondering…. will you help me build a boiler room at Harbins Church?
Starting this Sunday I will be in my office (The old preschool room) around 10:30am to have a brief time of prayer before the worship service. Anyone is welcome to join me for this. It will be a time to get our hearts right before the Lord, to pray that God will help us to worship Him in spirit and truth, to pray for every element of the service (singing, preaching, fellowship, etc.) We will also pray for our congregation. We will pray that believers will be blessed, encouraged, and impacted by the service, and that our passion for Jesus will be further ignited and that passion will spill over and impact our families, our relationships, and our community. We will pray for the lost. We will pray for Dacula and surrounding areas, we will pray for people who will come to our service that do not know the Lord. We want to see more people drawn to Jesus, to believe, and to receive life in His name.
Of course, if you have personal concerns and burdens I would love for us to lift these things up before our Father as well. I am sure every week we’ll focus on slightly different things. This will not be a tightly structured or formal time.
My hope is that pre-service prayer will also help to facilitate further unity and a sense of collective mission amongst our church family.
This time will be very loose and informal. Walk in whenever you arrive. If we’ve already started, that’s fine. If you have to step out before we wrap it up, no problem. If you want to pray out loud, great. If you want to pray silently, fantastic. Sometimes prayer may only be for a minute or two. Sometimes longer. Regardless, the longest we would go would be until 10:40am. Men, women, and children of all ages are welcome to come. If you’ve got a noisy baby or jittery toddler, come anyway!
Jesus reminds us that He is the vine, we are the branches, and apart from Him we can do nothing. (John 15:5) We need Jesus’ help for our corporate worship to be everything He wants it to be. We need God’s help for our church to be powerful, effective, and a vehicle that God will use to powerfully impact lives in our fellowship and in our community. If we want to see further growth and powerful spiritual revival in our midst, why not simply ask?
“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. 9 Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? 11 If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him! (Matthew 7:7-11)
Spurgeon himself told his fellow preachers,
“Brethren, we shall never see much change for the better in our churches in general till the prayer meeting occupies a higher place in the esteem of Christians.”
What do you think? If you agree, consider joining me every Sunday in my office at 10:30am for pre-service prayer and let’s get a boiler room going.
Grace and Peace,