Fresh Wind Fresh Fire is written by Jim Cymbala. Jim is the pastor of theBrooklyn Tabernacle. The book is not new. It was written in 1998. The book was new to me. I had never read it until recently.
The book could be titled The Power of a Praying Church. That is exactly what the book is about. Prayer.
We are living in a society today where churches are known for what ministries, programs, and music style they have. To go a little further, some churches are classified by what they are against. This should not be. Churches should be known mainly for being about Jesus.
The church exists to help equip the saints for the work of the ministry. We are to be discipling people and helping them to advance in their sanctification process. We are constantly in the process of being conformed to the image of Christ.
What does it look like when a pastor begins to pray? This book is based on real life experience of pastor Cymbala who realized that he could not make a church function effectively apart from God.
It is imperative that a pastor pray for his people and that his people pray for him.
When a pastor is completely surrendered to Christ, he is in a place where he can be used however God wants to use him. God is the potter and we are the clay. As the pastor begins to pray, it will not be long before the church will see the evidence of the prayers.
One of my favorite parts of the book is when Cymbala writes about how the church begin to pray. Cymbala started a weekly prayer night and invited the church to just come and pray. There was no music, no preaching, just prayer. The number of people was small at first. However, as God begin to work, people begin to believe in the power of prayer.
The people so believed in prayer that they set up a room to pray for the pastor and the church and their services every Sunday. That is encouraging. People began to take God at his word and pray according to Scripture.
Prayer not only changes things but it changes you.