Sometimes it is easier just to have a long lie at the weekend!
Today, I decided to go to The “Men of All Ages” Prayer Breakfast at Sheddocksley Baptist Church. To be honest, I did not know what to expect. My previous impression was that it was for a group of men, somewhat more mature (in years!) than me. Nevertheless, the temptation of a bacon roll or two got me out of bed.
Those present warmly greeted me. Meeting with some fellow men from Newhills, we enjoyed our breakfast whilst trying to help Ernie understand where all his calories had gone; he has recently been “workin’ oot” on an exercise bike.
As we gathered for the main event it was obvious there was a good range of ages present, the youngest “man” being 11 years old.
Ian chaired the event with a gracious heart. Rab read Psalm 40 with perfect emotion. The Sheddocksley Praise Band led us beautifully through several songs. The praise was wonderful. I could see tears in several eyes.
Simon led us in prayer over two sessions. There was a time when we broke into twos and threes. No messing – “Hi, I’m Steve. Let’s pray!” There is no time to be wasted when it is the Lord’s time! It was tremendous to be present with so many men praying a blessing on each other.
Then there were the Testimonies.
Dan shared about his background. He had a father who followed the traditional witchcraft, and a mother who was a Christian. His talk was inspiring; there are challenges in life but the victory is in Christ. Walking with Christ is challenging, but rewarding.
Ricky shared his background of alcohol, football and an eye for a pretty woman. Tears were shed as he recounted several episodes in his life. However, he challenged us. When the Holy Spirit comes, he said, be obedient. We should look for a life of love and victory. As men, we should be men of Christ, influencing our families, our workplaces and our communities. He encouraged us to have a Father’s heart, seeking to spread God’s love wherever we go. Men, he said, were too used to being logical; we needed to spread the “heart” message, not the “logic” message.
The morning was worshipful, heartfelt, emotional and, above all, Spirit led.
It is difficult to say what I got most from the morning. However, I would say to any pastors who might read this; encourage your men to go to events like this. Come along yourself! How blessed would be a Fellowship if one, maybe two, maybe more men came back enthused by what they had heard.
What a blessing!