2012-09-07 - Fire
A pastor woke up in the middle of the night with his phone ringing. The caller told him that his church was on fire. When he arrived he saw his church engulfed in flames. The pastor also saw a neighboring business owner hed been unsuccessfully inviting to church for several years helping the fire department in extinguishing the flames. With the fire extinguished and the church in ruins, the pastor said to the businessman, "Well, this is the first time Ive seen you at our Church." He replied, "Youre right preacher and this is the first time Ive ever seen your church on fire too!"
The story is funny but some people have never seen our churches burning for anything! God is a consuming fire but somehow we manage to keep his fire contained within sanctuaries on Sunday mornings. Or perhaps many of us are just not really on fire.
2 Chronicles 7:1 (NIV) - When Solomon finished praying, fire came down from heaven and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices, and the glory of the Lord filled the temple.
While we don't need physical fire to fall from heaven, we can use a dose of the fiery tongues that anointed the early church. If we want the fire in our lives it begins with prayer.
All scripture references from KJV unless otherwise noted