“The glory of the gospel is that when the Church is absolutely different from the world, she invariably attracts it. It is then that the world is made to listen to her message, though it may hate it at first. That is how revival comes. That must also be true of us as individuals. It should not be our ambition to be as much like everybody else as we can, though we happen to be Christian, but rather to be as different from everybody who is not a Christian as we can possibly be. Our ambition should be to be like Christ, the more like Him the better, and the more like Him we become, the more we shall be unlike everybody who is not a Christian”
- Martin Lloyd-Jones, Introduction to the Beatitudes
When I posted my first little blurb on how odd it felt to do a “blog” that no one could read at the time (my website had not launched yet), I made sure that this quote by Lloyd-Jones found a prominent place. It perfectly captured my desire to be both like and unlike. That is my hope with this, what I now call a “wordcast“, for reasons that would be understood to those who read this space regularly. My foremost hope in writing is to establish something that is both familiar yet still greatly dissimilar to what constitutes normative Christianity in the west at the end of the age.
In sharing my heart in this space on a continual basis, I want to do more than give a daily “play-by-play” of what life is like lived in a 24/7 prayer context. The prayer room is more than a place to talk with God and wrestle through my struggles to pray without ceasing. It is a greenhouse, a prayer furnace in which Jesus cultivates hearts and lives to match a message that is necessary for the hour that is coming. It is a veritable petri dish of divine ideas in their formative stages within hungry hearts that are on a journey to know Him. Where there were at one time only two or three from this particular prayer room that chronicled their lives and hearts via this medium on a regular basis, there are now over 40-50 from IHOP-KC that have jumped into this world of wordcasting.
I want to talk about both aspects of life in a prayer room - the internal and external aspects. I will throw in the occasional “aside” to give an idea of what I’m staring at as we approach the end of things as we know them to be. It’s amazing to me how normal we can be while staring massive societal disruption in the face. It is important that you know that about me - I have a firm conviction that we are living in the last generation of this age.
That conviction is going to shift the paradigm and color the commentary of everything that I write, say, and live. You may not fully connect with what these thoughts are about until you connect with what I believe. You don’t have to necessarily agree, but it’s good to know where I am coming from.
Bless you on your own journey - hopefully into the depths of the heart of Jesus. I’d like to meet you along the way and be a little helpful if I can.
Here are some great posts to get you started: