I believe 2020 will be a year of spiritual breakthroughs…at least that is what I am praying for. We are going to have to break from our fear. We are going to have to break from our comfort. We are going to have to break from tradition. We are going to have to break from so many things that keep us in lock step with the very things that are weighing us down.
The problem is we don’t know how to operate otherwise. Neither do others…and before you know it someone is alarmed. Someone is afraid. The change is too much and for unity sake you have to keep everything in check and signal to the masses that nothing has changed – everything is okay.
Well, not everything is okay. Our churches are in decline. Attendance trends nation-wide are lacking. We aren’t planting churches. We aren’t making disciples. We don’t know how to have spiritual conversations with non-believers. We are too insulated and isolated.
This is not just a culture problem – church culture…although that is part of it. It is truly a spiritual stronghold problem. We are addicted to comfort, consistency, predictability…well the Holy Spirit doesn’t do any of that. If you want predictability, faith may not meet your standards.
We must pray for spiritual breakthroughs if we are going to see growth in 2020. We must pray that God will break us, humble us, and that we will respond with total absolute trust and submission.
This is a hard thing but the alternative is far worse. The reality is the very thing we think will kill us is the solution. It is like chemo – you hope the solution doesn’t kill you before the disease does. Church can be like that. The solution may hurt but it is better than dying.
Will you join me in this prayer?