EUGENE — The people behind an ongoing, multichurch prayer effort in Lane County believe they’ve received God’s “thundering agreement” over their efforts.
On Sunday evening, May 31, representatives of all ages from 31 churches came to Grace Community Fellowship in Eugene to dedicate the One Church-One Day program. Organized by One Hope Lane County, One Church- One Day is a strategic prayer initiative in which at least 31 churches take one a day a month to pray for 24 hours, so that every day, every hour is filled with prayer.
“The worship event was set to draw Jesus’ people together from many churches, with a unique focus of dedicating ourselves, and asking God to enable us to pray together 24/7 every month,” said Steve Buss, executive director of One Hope Lane County.
A fervent and meaningful time of worship took place, said Buss: “We dedicated ourselves to the Lord, and then we cried out to God, asking for His grace to empower us to pray together as a community of churches, every day, every month, to the glory of God.”
Buss recalls what happened afterward:
“To the south we saw the first flashes, distant yet beautiful. We drove home with a consistent lightning show surrounding us. The thunder grew louder as I read in my bed, while my wife started to doze off. The thunder rumbled again, waking her up. Recalling an earlier conversation, she hit my back and said, Operation Rolling Thunder!’
“You see, the original name for One Church – One Day was Operation Rolling Thunder. The name came from Psalm 18, when God responded to David’s prayer: ‘The Lord thundered from heaven; the voice of the Most High resounded. He shot his arrows and scattered the enemies, great bolts of lightning and routed them,’ (vs. 13-14) That night bright bursts and rolling thunder prevailed for hours. The pounding woke me again and again. I cannot recall a time when such a storm lasted so long in our community.”
Buss the next day contacted the National Weather Service, and learned there had been 225 lightning strikes overnight in the county — a rare occurrence. He also learned from the U.S. Geological Survey website of five earthquakes 200 miles off the Oregon coast from midnight to midday; the strongest at 4.4 on the Richter scale.
“There was a shaking in the sky and a shaking at sea,” said Buss, who believes the timing was more than coincidental.
“God’s people agreed to pray together, 24 hours a day, everyday. We cried out to the Lord asking for His grace to enable us in unceasing intercession. The Lord thundered from heaven; the voice of the Most High resounded.”
For more information go to onehopenetwork.org