Your prayer for someone may or may not change them, but it always changes YOU.
Who do you love? If you love God, you should love people. If you don't love people, you don't love God. It's that simple.
The best explanation I can give of what it is, is this: it is what God does through a rare combination of these qualities found in his people: Passion for his presence; A deep craving to reach the lost; Sincere integrity; Spirit-filled faith; Down-to-earth humility; Brokenness.
Have you ever tasted stale popcorn? The only thing worse is stale vision. If a ministry loses the vision, it's only a matter of time before they lose what made them special in the first place. Without vision, the people will quickly lose it.
Reflecting God, innovative believers tend to have it. And it is borne out of their passion to please God, reach people, and help those in need.
With increasing passion comes increasing creativity to reach people.
With-it ministries are filled with people so passionate, they're driven to become innovative. They create opportunities.
Instead of saying, It will never work, with-it people say, What if this does work?
Instead of whining, We can't reach certain people, with-it people exclaim with faith, We will find a way.
Your greatest ministry innovation could come from your greatest limitation - if you have a sincere passion to reach and care for people.
A church that has it recognizes that reaching people is not just the pastor's job. It's everyone's job.
If there is any group in the world that should be motivated to make improvements, reflecting God's creative nature, it should be Christians.
What obstacle are you facing? Ask God for breakthrough thinking. Don't think about small changes. Think radically.
As long as you're afraid of intimacy and spiritual partnership, you won't likely experience it. To have it, you have to share it with each other. Just as there's no I in team, there's no it in independence.
Those without it can be two-faced. Those with it are true-faced. There is no substitute for being transparent and real. The more real we are, the more likely we'll experience it.