Where will you be my darling? Where will you be when the dark is rising?
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
Wake up. Pray. Eat. Sleep. Eat. Pray.
That was my day! (Nice rhyme, no?)
Okay... Pastor Kevin started a week-long prayer meeting at church at 7am everyday. So James picked me up in the morning and we reached and had the prayer meeting. The room we used was so small! About the size of Riverwalk's (for KL-ians, it's in Singapore) powerhouse room. We took off our shoes, and sat down. Although its a church-wide prayer meeting, even while sitting down we just nicely packed the place. So small! We prayed in groups and stuff, and although it lasted 1 hour, it felt too short for me. It was already 8am and some people needed to go off for work.
I joined Daniel, Eldy, Andrew and some of their cellgroup (W9) for a meal and we went back to their place to chill. They're in the same cellgroup and living in the same place! Pretty cool. I said I wanted a nap, but we ended up sleeping from 10am till 5pm =x.
We ate a few burgers then proceeded to church for the 2nd prayer meeting. Even though I've only been in the church a month, I helped stack, arrange the chairs and this and that. I found out that during prayer meetings, cellgroups don't normally sit together as a whole. They sit individually or with a few members, so that when they pray in groups, they get the chance to pray with other people. I find that really unique, and I support it all the way. After all, you'll pray with your cellgroup in cellgroup meetings, service, pre-service, zone meetings, plenty of chances. So to get to know other people through prayer is very interesting.
It lasted 2 hours, but it felt too short also! Very enjoyable prayer meeting, and it was a great blessing. Of course, with this topic, I think most of you would know I'd type in my thoughts.
Praying in CHC KL is noticeably different, yet similar to CHC SG. They speak in tongues too, but instead of a brief tongue-prayer and speaking in words, while everyone continues in tongues, over here everyone speaks in tongues for a long time, and then when the person speaks, everyone quiets down or stops speaking in tongues, unless told otherwise. Okay, I'm just mentioning the differences, I've got nothing against either methods. Also, like I noted earlier, in CHC SG we tend to sit with our cellgroups and pray together, and our fellowship transport is public transport. Over here, the cellgroups sit together for service and all, but during prayer meetings they sit separately, and fellowship transport is by car, which adds a whole new "dimension" in going out.
I've never had any problems praying with my cellgroup. But I find it something beautiful to actually sit separately so you can pray with others. Aside from praying, you get to know someone new, and who knows, a new friend. Back in CHC SG, cellgroups usually stuck together and prayed as a cellgroup in all issues. Only in certain settings (ministries, helpers meeting, leaders meeting) could you regularly pray with others not in your cellgroup. And even then, it was usually people you knew. Prayer is talking with God. A line of communication. If prayer is perhaps one of the most important aspects of Christianity, I'd say this line of communication is a very important one. And if we can have this line bond us with our cellgroups, so much the better. But you'll be regularly praying with your cellgroup in all those things I listed above. During the evening prayer meeting, during one of the last few items, Pastor Kevin told us to find a stranger to pray with. Someone we completely didn't know, and pray for them. If this communication line is so important in our relationship with God, then I'm pretty sure it's important when it comes to our relationship with people as well. Strangers who believe in the living God.
I personally do not recall anytime that we were told to pray with someone we didn't know in CHC SG. Sure, we can do it on our own initiative, but getting everyone to do it seems pretty unique. It's been an extremely refreshing prayer day, and a refreshing experience too.
God bless everyone. Keep praying! Ha!
Oh, and as for my post on who I like and stuff... I decided to add in something to change the content of the post in a way you'd be able to find out a bit more, if you'd bother. So that post will be delayed. Sorry?