I am more encouraged than I know how to say as I write today, in the middle of a prayer season at the Boiler Room. Both my wife and I said today that 48 hours is too short a time. Frustrations there are aplenty, and yet there are more encouragements than frustrations.
We are starting to know the real joy of experiencing community. We are starting to feel that as people come and go, Christ is among us. Isn’t that the purpose of our lives? To encourage and build each other up? Not just on Sundays, but every day that we go about our business?
For us, because at the moment we can only give small amounts of time over to keeping the Boiler Room open, the points of community are not enough. Now that we’ve tasted of this river, we want more of it.
One thing that has encouraged us this time has been that we have instituted an open worship slot each day. I think we will definitely do this again, as worship is part of the Boiler Room culture. Both the sessions we’ve had so far have been small in number, but have been easy and good times.
At the moment, we are finding that people are finding it hard to get out to us. Yet we want to keep moving forward with the Boiler Room concept. This may mean having Boiler Room events in different venues, to draw people who would otherwise not be able to make it. If you have a Bognor venue you are happy to make available, please get in touch. Otherwise, we may be contacting you!
We are being made aware of critical needs for prayer, and over the last 20 hours of the prayer, I believe that the needs will be sharpened up. We partner with God to see His kingdom come on earth. Some of the Boiler Room values that we have not yet leant into include learning, mission and reaching out to those on the margins. I am going to be praying into those to see what the Father wants.
I have put a sheet up on the wall in the Boiler Room, where people can sign up and say: Yes, I want to be a part of Boiler Room Bognor. What does that look like? I don’t exactly know yet. But if you feel a pull in your spirit when you read that – it could be that the Holy Spirit wants you to get involved; if not in Bognor, then in somewhere nearby. Part of Boiler Room is a geographical thing. But part of it is global too. I made a connection today at church with a couple serving the Lord in Angola, Africa. We are going to be putting prayer needs up in the Boiler Room from them too.
A word given in our church meeting this morning was that God has a party bag for each one of us. When we get it home, we are to look in our bags. If there is a balloon, we should blow it up. If there is a toy, we should play with it. If it’s a piece of cake, eat it. He delights in the good gifts he gives. Being part of a Boiler Room means saying: I’m serious about the joy. I’m serious about getting time with God, and building my life around the rhythm of intimacy, intercession, mission.