by John Lomacang
Henry Clay put it well when he said, “Prepare! The time will come when winter will ask you what you were doing all summer.” I believe the time is coming when it will be revealed whether or not we have prepared for the winter that lies ahead of us.
Jeremiah pointed to a time when opportunity would be exhausted and possibility would all but evaporate. His words are a chilling reminder that the days in which we live demand we take inventory of our future preparedness. His words seem to echo the regrets of those that ignored vital opportunities when he declares, “The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved!” Jeremiah 8:20.
Spending Time Together
One of the greatest preparations we can make is to spend time together corporately. Hebrews 10:25 cautions us to do this, “not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.”
In a push to revitalize the church and restore the essence of who we are, 3ABN is taking a bold step to restore the midweek service as a focus for the church. Isaiah laid out the blueprint: “And they that shall be of thee shall build the old waste places: thou shalt raise up the foundations of many generations; and thou shalt be called, The repairer of the breach, The restorer of paths to dwell in.” Isaiah 58:12.
Too often we apply this only to the restoration of the Sabbath, but I believe it has a far greater reach. It’s a call to re-establish those assemblies that have safely sustained us from generation to generation; to rebuild the vital elements that have been broken down; to restore those essential practices that have been abandoned. With the world constantly grabbing for our attention and our daily responsibilities, we’ve eliminated one of our most needed faith-builders from our to-do list.
But don’t despair! Beginning Wednesday, January 11, at 7:00 p.m. CST and continuing every Wednesday, 3ABN will air a prayer-meeting-style live broadcast. It will feature a vital time of prayer, and a study of topics that are vital to our Christian growth. In fact, our first episode will be on “Victorious Christian Living,” addressing how we can live a spiritual life in a natural body. A special website will enable viewers to send us their prayer requests for mention on the air, along with downloadable study topics.
I will be privileged to be your host, along with other 3ABN presenters as their schedule allows. If your church doesn’t have a midweek meeting, why not join us live, or record the service and share it with your congregation?
Ellen White encourages us with these words: “Prayer meeting is the pulse of the church body. A prayer meeting will always tell the true interest of the church members in spiritual and eternal things. The prayer meeting is as the pulse to the body; it denotes the true spiritual condition of the church. A lifeless, backslidden church has no relish for the prayer meetings.” (Pastoral Ministry, p. 183.)
She also wrote, “Those who are really seeking for communion with God will be seen in the prayer meeting, faithful to do their duty, and earnest and anxious to reap all the benefits they can gain. They will improve every opportunity of placing themselves where they can receive the rays of light from heaven.” (Heavenly Places, p. 91.)
As a people, we believe that Jesus is soon to come. If we continue to neglect one of the most basic avenues of preparation, I believe that time will prove, as former president George W. Bush said, “The enemy has found our Achilles’ heel.” So get your Bibles and join us as we get back to basics!