A few years ago the Lord convicted me that it was easier for me to pray for a church that was four states away than a church that was four blocks away. That conviction was a catalyst.
There is no room for territorialism in the Kingdom of God. It’s all His. Yet we fight with each other instead of fighting the enemy! So much sideways energy! Maybe it’s because we’re more concerned about protecting our turf than taking back enemy territory! There is a fine line between Thy Kingdom Come and My Kingdom Come. So how do we break it down? I think the key is good-old fashioned friendships amongst pastors and churches. Building friendships with neighboring pastors is a game-changer!
One of the things we did this year at NCC was invite local pastors to do our staff devotions. I just asked them to share their story and share their heart. Those staff meetings turned into prayer meetings! When churches start not just loving each other but liking each other–revival is around the corner. Each time a wall comes down between churches, we’re one step closer to revival. The name above the door isn’t nearly as significant as the name above all names.
There is only one Church, upper-case C, in Washington, DC. The same is true in your city! Let’s pray for a rising tide of revival in every church, lower-case c.