Praise God for the exceptional atmosphere that millions around the world were blessed by the royal wedding in Windsor last week. It was a delightful redemptive contrast from the Queen’s annus horribliis (horrible year) of 1992, not to mention for Harry himself after all the grief of his his mother’s premature death. And millions upon millions hearing the gospel who would never normally hear it . . . I found myself deep in prayer throughout the day that the Lord would convert the deep feelings and emotions that people would be experiencing on that day into seeds of faith that would outlive the immediate occasion that engendered them, and soften and change heart attitudes to make room for the Lord to come in.
There is nothing so healing as a loving atmosphere. When Ros and I were part of a student-based community in Oxford, the Lord’s presence was layers deep in the substantial flat that four of us shared. Sometimes when we were too tired to minister any more we used to say, “Four walls take over and minister” – and because the Lord was there in such a special way He went on touching people deeply as a result of His presence there.
One of the ‘starter’ words the Lord gave for our ministry at that time was to encourage people to ‘sanctify’ their homes. When we think of the amount of time people spend choosing items for decorating their houses or for television viewing or holidays or other things they enjoy, it is surely honouring to take time to dedicate the place we live in to the Lord. Whether you are a home owner, lodger or tenant you will find a wide raft of starter prayers to strengthen and reinforce you as you do that. Just as many couples rededicate themselves to each other at a certain stage in their life and declare their vows a second time, why shouldn’t we do something along similar lines when it comes to the matter of our homes?