“In my prayers at all times, and I pray that now at last by God’s will the way may be opened for me to come to you. I long to see you so that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to make you strong.”
Romans 1:10-11 NIV

As we look through the Epistles, we can find a common theme in Paul’s writings. He desired to visit the churches he had started. So we see him pray to this end.

Why would the apostle long to have visits with the church?

Our anchor text highlights the reason for such a special visit – for the strengthening of the church. In another epistle, Paul wrote: “Night and day we pray most earnestly that we may see you again and supply what is lacking in your faith.” (1 Thessalonians 3:10 NIV) In this text, we find another reason for the special visit – to supply what is lacking in the faith.

Consequently, special meetings are held for the purpose of edifying us. In our day, we have the privilege of attending special meetings more often than our brethren in time past. So, there is a temptation to take them for granted.

Irrespective of their frequency, the mindset we should have is discipleship by our ministry gifts. Thus, there is a way we must prepare our hearts to receive.

Firstly, we must give ourselves to prayer. We have learnt this year that the primary aim of prayer is alignment with the will of God. Thus, giving ourselves to prayer will open our hearts to receive the instructions of God.

As we pray for ourselves, we must also pray for our ministry gifts. We should pray for boldness, for their safety and health and for that, the word of God would come accurately and with clarity.

Thirdly, we must also stir up a hunger for edification. We can do this by revisiting previous teachings to whet our appetites, knowing that the things of the Spirit function well in an atmosphere of desire. Stirring up a hunger would also help us set expectations for the service.

Finally, we should invite others to special meetings. Luke 4:40 tells us that people who had encountered or heard about Jesus brought their loved ones to Him for healing. It is a show of love to invite others to meetings.

Ephesians 4: 16 tells us that the body grows as everyone supplies. As we receive from our ministry gifts, we also supply for the success of a meeting.

As we have come into the season of our end-of-year camp meetings, let’s do our part to ensure the growth of the body of Christ.

Bible Reading Plan:
John 7:37-44, II Peter 1:1-11, Job 1, Ezekiel 1-3