Night of Worship and Prayer [May 2021]

Cleanse & Purify
Morgan Kennedy
Director of Music Ministries

Hi friends,

This may not come as a surprise to many, but I love to praise and worship our Father in song! I love to lift my voice unrestrained, raise and clap my hands like He’s the only one in the room, and dance before the Lord without a care in the world of what others think because God has been so good to me! So, when I tell you that I am excited about this Night of Worship and Prayer, I want you to know I’m really excited! God has been speaking to me about His desire for this night for several weeks now and for such a time as this. As I’ve planned for this night, I’ve had two words on repeat: cleanse and purify.

The definition of “cleanse” is to make thoroughly clean. The word thoroughly jumped out at me, so I researched it. Thoroughly means in a thorough manner, and thorough means complete with regards to every detail, not superficial or partial. King David expands on this meaning in Psalm 51 verse 2: “wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me of my sin.” He goes further in verse 7: “cleanse me and with hyssop and I will be clean, wash me and I will be whiter than snow.” God desires us to be faithful to Him, but He also knows that we are all sinners just like King David. But how good is it to know that if we ask God to cleanse us and to wash us, then we will be whiter than snow? He will cleanse every detail to completion!

The definition of “purify” is to remove contaminants from. A contaminant is a polluting or poisonous substance that makes something impure. James 4:8 reads, “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.”  We need to get our hearts right before the Lord. I think that’s where transformation comes in.

My prayer for this Night of Worship and Prayer is that we would be intentional about repenting before the Lord and asking Him to cleanse us. That we would be completely open and raw before Him in asking Him to search our hearts and shine light in the impure places. That He would wash those areas and make them whiter than snow. That we would encounter Jesus and be made like Him! If there’s an area of your life that needs breakthrough, I pray that you will come. If you’re in a season of spiritual drought in your life, I pray that you will come. If you just love the Lord so much and can’t get enough of His presence, I pray that you will come. God knows your need. He longs to be with you. He loves you and He is for you! I hope to see each of you excited and expectant to be in His presence this Wednesday night!

P.S. I’ve put together a playlist with our worship set if you’d like to familiarize yourself to the songs.  I pray that they will bless you!

Love you all so much,

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Hardy Patton - May 11th, 2021 at 2:03pm

Great blog Morgan!!

Jackson Witt - May 11th, 2021 at 3:10pm

Sometimes I think we are afraid to invite purification because the ways of the old age are so appealing to us in the immediate, but the reward of pruning away what leads to death is abundant life. So all in all, we should endure the seemingly painful process of refining so that we can better reflect Jesus to the world! Hallelujah.