Psalm 5:1-3 – “Give ear to my words, O LORD, Consider my meditation. Give heed to the voice of my cry, My King and my God,For to You I will pray.My voice You shall hear in the morning, O LORD;In the morning I will direct it to You, And I will look up.”
Last Sunday, December 8, 2013 AHFi had its first Dawn Watch service at the Upper Room Napindan Campus. Many of the saints came from both Napindan and the AHFi headquarters in Quezon city to come and worship the Lord in the dawning of a new day. Truly God is good, the praise and worship was led by the Armor Bearers Choir. Afterwards, Pastor Lyle Lopez; the Senior Pastor of Abundant Harvest Fellowship International shared the message entitled: “Approaching God in the Morning.” In this message, Pastor Lyle shares the importance of setting one’s priorities straight by approaching God first in the break of dawn. This stands clear with the statement of Charles Spurgeon in regard to morning prayer: “A prayer in the morning is worth two in the evening.” Pastor Lyle discussed Psalm 5:1-3 which was a prayer of David which shows the singular focus of the man after God;s own heart from Morning to evening: God alone.
Pastor Lyle then discusses the importance of morning prayer and the focus to which one must abide in order to pray correctly. Directing ones prayer to God is a must. The idea behind direct is not “to aim” but “to order, to arrange.” “It is the word that is used for the laying in order of the wood and pieces of the victim upon the altar, and it is used also for the putting of the bread upon the table. It means just this: ‘I will arrange my prayer before you;’ I will lay it out upon the altar in the morning, just as the priest lays out the morning sacrifice.”
The mistake many people make is to pray at haphazard. There is too much random praying with us all. This idealism was then debunked by Pastor Lyle as He called all the saints to ask God for His Holy Spirit to guide us all in prayer. After this short yet striking devotion; a call to prayer was given. The saints devoted the remaining hour in prayer as each one stood to pray for their families, their church, their country and finally their personal walk.
It was truly a fruitful beginning since this was the first service set in the newly build Napindan Campus. It is the prayer of Pastor Lyle and every saint of AHFi that the newly built campus would stand as a house of prayer as each dawn watch would be a time of focused prayer as we call forth each saint to stand for holiness and purity in order to shine God’s light to the lost as the both churches of AHFi stand to proclaim the Lordship of Jesus Christ alone. In Jesus name amen!
“Let holy preparation link hands with patient expectation, and we shall have far larger answers to our prayers.” C.H. Spurgeon