And it is in that place where I give all of myself to God and take ahold of him and loose all shame and dignity in worship that I find myself in the embrace of a Father who has absolutely no reservation, no shame or no dignity in expressing his love for me. During our time of worship Saturday night those leading worship asked the gathering if those who are struggling with shame in worship or their identity in Christ, and have feelings of unworthiness to sit down. (We all were standing in Worship.) They asked those standing to lay hands on them and pray over and with them. All around me young people were sitting and others were praying over each other. At one point I was on my knees praying and laying my hands, one on each of the backs of two young men who where face down on the floor needing prayer. As I was praying, I felt the hands of someone on my shoulders. And from behind me I heard the prayers of a young man speaking amazing words over me. I found my self on my knees in the middle of hands on my shoulders pouring into me while I had hands on people pouring into them. I was in almost perfect communion with the Holy Spirit. After our time of prayer I stood up and turned around to see who had been anointing me with prayers. We introduced ourselves and his name was Alex, he was 23 years old from North Carolina. He said he was in the back asking God who he needed to pray over. He said God told him to pray over someone in a Cleveland baseball cap. (I had my Indians cap on). He said he does not follow baseball at all, yet he walked around not knowing why looking for someone with a Cleveland cap on, saw me on my knees praying, and knew I was the one he was to pray over. The whole weekend was full of God moments like this.
After each night’s worship ended, people would gather around the 30 or so camp fires around the farm and share lives and stories of God, pray over each other, cook smores, and sing worship songs until 2:00am or later.
I know this blog is a little less concise than most, as what I and those that attended the weekend experienced if not concisely explained. All I know is Jesus is calling me into a deeper, freer, more fool-like love and worship of him. I found myself this morning praying and meditating in the Spirit the lyrics of another United Pursuit song, and asking God,
Help me let You go
Help me give up control
of the god i have made you
when my fear has contained you.
My family, I pray this Monday as you begin your week you begin to let go of God and all you have conformed him, contained him, and made him into by your fear of pure worship of him and fears of who he really may be and who you may be if you surrendered completely to him. I pray you will let go of those fears and let God be free to be God, and be free to be God in you, for you, and around you all who is truly is, so that you may be free to be, live and worship as you were truly meant to be. PLEASE pray the same for me! God bless you my Friends!
Gary Liederbach-Lead Follower
One Direction Community
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