The Master Builder


  “Except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain” (Psalm 127:1).

This verse in the Psalms reminds me of some glory days while I was pastor in the wonderful city of Tehachapi, California in the ‘90s. I was undeniably called of God to First Baptist Church about six months after they had endured a damaging split; damaging to the church, but as I discovered soon, damaging to the community as well.

During my fifth year there, things began to happen that can only be explained as activities of God.   First, the ministerial association began to function together in a sense of unifying trust. The pastors across denominational lines were enjoying fellowship and prayer times together as never before.   Spiritual bonding was taking place, and I enjoyed this immensely.

Secondly, the LORD had moved me to initiate reconciliation between the FBC folk and the church which had developed across town after their split-off. This action was never intended to bring the two groups back together as one church, but to give and receive forgiveness to one another and receive the same from our LORD. This invitation was very well received by the other fellowship, and we soon enjoyed a celebration service to seal the forgiving and loving. This was also healing to the community, and most all other community churches and pastors.

Another noted action of God’s Spirit for the city, was the uniting of multi-denominational intercessors.   I requested of community pastors to “loan” me their best and most dedicated intercessors for a once a month prayer gathering at an elevated sight. There we would spend 1-2 hours, beginning at dust, to pray together for the city. This quickly grew to 30-40 prayer warriors. In those moments, we were not denominations, we were Christ’s church guarding and battling for the city we loved as Christ loved.

When Christ’s church is as it should be, lined up with the Kingdom of God, in one accord, the Spirit’s Presence actually guards the city; smashing the powers of darkness.   We began to notice delinquency and corruption declining.   During one of our monthly intercessory gatherings, the theme of all our praying was the protection of our children from the much drug activities we suspected, and the halting of the same.   That week it was reported in our weekly paper that there had been 23 drug dealer arrests that very week.   A sense of revival began to break out which resulted in what we called the “Town-Wide Mission.”

Yes, those were glory days for certain. However understand: this only happens when the Lord is allowed the freedom to build His House among repentant and Christ-honoring people in the cities.   Come on, Church; get it together.   Pray On!

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Jerry McCullah has been involved in various prayer ministries since 1993 and is currently pastor of Green Valley Bible Chapel of Green Valley, Ca. As CSBC Prayer Consultant, Jerry McCullah is available to assist churches and associations in the training and development of personal prayer and prayer ministries, through consultations, seminars, concerts of prayer, and prayer revivals. As Impact Prayer International President, Jerry McCullah is able to work across denominational and international borders to do the same. Jerry: God has called me to encourage Christians into a more intimate relationship with Jesus Christ; one that is real and personal, which comes through a life of prayer. The world needs praying people! God seeks praying people! I am available to assist your churches in the training and development of a personal prayer life, and church prayer renewal, through seminars, prayer retreats, concerts of prayer, and prayer revivals. My passion is to excite Christians to the possibilities prayer opens up before them. With God all things are possible! Would you give me the honor to work with you to the fulfillment of these words: “Thy Kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven . . . deliver us from the evil one” (Matthew 6:10,13)? Let’s schedule something for your precious people! Contact Info: 15724 Calle Hermosa Green Valley, Ca. 91390 661-270-9671

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