HE CAN DO IT ANYWHERE
Often I am asked, “What is One Eleven?” and “Why do you do what you do? When answering these questions, it often helps me to tell about the day I found myself in a city of 22 million people. I was about to meet with a pastor who leads an underground church in a closed nation. Soon after I arrived at the meeting place, I received a text that he could no longer meet me. Here I was in this strange and foreign city, and my appointment was cancelled. My original contact, however, connected me with another pastor, so I made my way to meet with him. Language was a challenge, but the meeting was warm and engaging. My goal was to send missionaries to strengthen the church through prayer and worship. Even though my new pastor friend initially had no idea why we were meeting, the longer we spoke, the more I could tell he was connecting with the vision of the project. His excitement grew and it seemed that he could no longer contain himself when he said “We have more office space!”
We had been meeting in a small, sweltering, cell phone sales office that was his cover. So when he offered for us to move to another location I jumped at the opportunity. He led me across the hallway and opened the door to a large room 5 times the size of the previous space. I couldn’t help but notice the small platform in the corner of the room. On the platform I saw a keyboard, an acoustic guitar, a djembe, a screen, and a projector for words. I was about to ask about this space, when I noticed small carpets on the floor with the words: “The fire on the altar will never go out - Leviticus 6:13.” In that moment I realized that in the middle of a city of 22 million people, I had stumbled into a prayer room. The very thing I wanted to labor to build already existed, and the Holy Spirit thundered in my heart, “If I can do it here, I can do anywhere.”
The truth is, I had been involved in prayer and worship for years before that day. But in that moment, something shifted on the inside of me, and I began to identify with the words of David in Psalm 132: 4,
“I will not give sleep to my eyes or slumber to my eyelids until I find a place for the Lord, a dwelling place for the Mighty One of Jacob.”
They say conviction is not merely knowing the truth and believing it, but rather what happens when truth takes a hold of you. On that day 10 years ago, these truths began to grip me in a new way.
In heaven there is endless worship!
“And the four living creatures, each of them with six wings, are full of eyes all around and within, and day and night they never cease to say, ‘Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come!” Revelation 4:8
In heaven Jesus is always making intercession!
“Consequently, he is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them.” Hebrews 7:25
God has always wanted the earth to be like heaven!
“Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” Matthew 6:10
Today we live in a time where prayer, worship, and the mission of God are exploding across the earth. This is not merely a trend. Rather, this movement is a crescendo of God’s zeal for heaven and earth to be one. It is a fulfillment of the promise that his church would be a house of prayer for all nations. We at One Eleven believe that gospel proclamation with worship and prayer will revive the church and usher in a great harvest of souls. The church will sing, and pray from the rising of the sun to its setting, and God’s name will be great in every place.
For from the rising of the sun, even to its going down, my name shall be great among the Gentiles; in every place incense shall be offered to My name, and a pure offering; for my name shall be great among the nations, says the Lord of hosts.”