10/22/2016 - What is Wrong with Wednesday?
The Bible doesn’t report that God made a difference between days in the report of creation mentioned in the book of Genesis, except the seventh-day of the week, calling it “the day of rest” (Sabbath) because He rested on this day and set it aside for physical and spiritual rest.
I heard some people saying that every week has some good and bad days, and everyone should avoid doing some activities on certain days of the week. I do not believe in these kind of recommendations. What is wrong with Wednesday? Is this a good or a bad day?
Please let me explain:
I know famous pastors who are remarkable because of their oratorical gifts. They gather hundreds and thousands of people in their places of worship. Some other pastors are popular for their ability – or their claim to be able – to work miracles. Some others are well-known for their capacity to predict events of the future.
I am not asking how popular is your pastor or what is your pastor famous for, but how popular is Jesus in your church?
Maybe you have heard the saying, “You can tell how popular a church is by who comes on Sunday morning. You can tell how popular the pastor or evangelist is by who comes on Sunday night. But you can tell how popular Jesus is by who comes to the prayer meeting” (Anonymous). Just replace Sunday with Saturday and you will have the picture of our church.
We have 168 hours weekly, and from these hours, we are invited to spend three hours on Sabbath morning and one hour on Wednesday evening together in worship and fellowship. Is it too much? What is wrong with Wednesday? Is this day not good for prayer? Should we choose another day for united prayer? Maybe Tuesday or Friday? Regardless of the reason we provide not to attend fellowship and prayer Wednesday evening, we have to admit that we need prayer – united prayer together as a people of God – more than ever before. We need prayer for our families, for our neighbors, for people confronted with addictions, abused people, sick people, for success in reaching people for Jesus, for our church to be more involved in the life of our community. We and people around us need our prayers. If not ours, whose? Somebody else’s prayers?
Jim Cymbala, pastor of the Brooklyn Tabernacle, says, “No matter what I preach, or what we claim to believe in our heads, the future will depend upon our times of prayer” Jim Cymbala, Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire, 27.
I think it is time to reconsider the importance of united prayer in our life.
Here is a statement that really challenges us to pray, “It is a part of God's plan to grant us, in answer to the PRAYER of faith, that which he would not bestow, did we not thus ask” EG White, Spirit of Prophecy, vol 4 p. 348.
What do you think? “To pray or not to pray together? That is the question.” See you this coming Wednesday night at prayer meeting.