The Long Seeking

Rev. Cliff WarnerCliffNotes

CliffNotes is guest-authored today by Drew Smith, Pastoral Associate at Christ Church.

Dear Christ Church,

“Come near to the holy men and women of the past and you will soon feel the heat of their desire after God. They mourned for Him, they prayed and wrestled and sought for him day and night, in season and out, and when they had found Him, the finding was all the sweeter for the long seeking.” -Tozer

We woke up this morning in a broken world, still needing our savior. When I look into the seemingly intractable tragedies of our time, I find myself leaning in one of two directions. I either retreat or press in. To retreat is to find my comfort in distraction and my solace in using my tiny strength to accomplish my tiny chores of the day.

I don’t want to retreat, but I hesitate to press in. I count the wrestling and seeking and mourning it will cost me. But Tozer is right! That is the path to sweet finding and true comfort. It’s also how the people of God have great impact, when we walk in step with the Healing Lord, the Rebuilder of the Broken, the Just and Righteous King.

How glad I am we are planning for a Prayer Vigil! Of course it’s hard for any one of us to press in, but together we can encourage each other and spur each other on. There are two opportunities next weekend to press in.

First, consider coming to our 24-Hour Prayer Vigil starting July 15th at 7pm.If you’re imagining a prayer vigil to be sitting in a circle straining to stay awake and think of something to pray, this isn’t that kind of vigil! It’s interactive, varied, and directed. However strong or weak your prayer muscles, I think you’ll find it to be a significant time with the Lord. Come with your small group, with your family, with your friends, or come by yourself and meet new friends. Sign up for an hour here or email drew@christchurchofaustin.org.

Second, at 6pm on July 16th, we’ll culminate the vigil with a Concert of Prayer, that’s an hour of worship and prayer all together, celebrating what the Lord has done. The Vigil and the Concert of Prayer will take place at 112 Medina St.

I’m thankful to be with a people who press in together.

Grace and peace,
Drew