Monday, August 8, 2011
Thank You Brooklyn Tabernacle
One of my most memorable moments in life was when a pastor friend of mine took me on a trip from Ohio, to the Brooklyn Tabernacle! I had no idea it would be a life-changing moment. We went to experience their Tuesday Night Prayer Meeting! All I can say is WOW and PRAISE THE LORD!
Pastor Jim Cymbala led with his elders and deacons, and wife leading Praise & Worship! But the the incredible thing was the people! Since my friend knew the Assistant Pastor, we got in early for the 7pm Prayer Service. However, it was simply amazing to see 2000 people lined up outside the beautiful, converted theater, at 5pm...FOR PRAYER!!..AMAZING!!!
And pray we did! All 3000 who wound up attending! Simply, and unashamedly pouring out their hearts to God! I was blessed to sit in the front, and also amazingly, sitting next to me was one of my heroes in the faith...Pastor Warren Wiersbe!! He wasn't there to preach on Sunday, He was simply there because he knows the Brooklyn Tabernacle is a place of committed prayer!
This year a couple in our church blessed me and our other Pastor to go to the Moody Pastor's Conference in Chicago. Pastor Cymbala was a featured speaker. The end of his message turned into an incredible prayer session for the hundreds of pastors in attendance, which reminded me so much of my time in Brooklyn!
At our church, we say Prayer is not Important...Prayer is Essential! Brooklyn Tabernacle is a living testimony of that statement.
So I say THANK YOU to the Brooklyn Tabernacle, Pastor Cymbala, and their wonderful choir, the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir. Only God knows the heavenly rewards that awaits them, for all the lives they have touched with the Word, Songs of Praise, and most importantly PRAYER!
May God compel us all to honor Him with Prayer as the essential ingredient of our lives and churches today!