Joel 2:12-14   “Return to me with all your heart with fasting and weeping and mourning.  Rend your heart and not your garments.  Return to the Lord your God for he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger, and abounding in love, and he relents from sending calamity.  Who knows?  He may turn and relent, and leave behind a blessing.”

As Gateway Church seeks to take “it” to the next level what might that include?   Let us first be clear that ‘it’ is something special from God.  (from him, by him, for him)  ‘it’ happens!   I so want “it”.   I want God to be glorified in His fulness at Gateway.   So, How do we get ‘it’ ?

The essence of how to get ‘it’:  PRAY:

1.     Stretch me:  Obey him in whatever he says, even the stuff that is only HIMPOSSIBLE

2.     Heal Me:   I need to take a step forward – into his presence and out of my shell, into the authority of God. 

3.     Ruin Me:  Wreck me.  Rip my heart with weeping, mourning and fasting.  I need to let things break me that break the heart of God.

 CAUTION:   This kind of prayer is not for the weak.  He will answer and it will be one of the most painful yet glorious moments of your life.