08.07.17

How You Can Help the Canvas Conference Even if You’re not Going

Prayer: How You Can Help the Canvas Conference Even if You’re not Going

Humble Beast is bringing back the Canvas Conference for its second year; it’s a conference on theology and the arts that looks to be promising.

Like a lot of people, I want to go Canvas 2017 (like—I want to go really badly). However, life and circumstances just aren’t allowing my attendance this year. Such is life; Lord willing, there will be another conference.

That said, I want to invite you to join me in praying four things for Canvas 2017. While I said the conference looks to be promising, we all know that looks can be deceiving, and that unless “the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain” (Psalm 127:1a). In other words, the brothers and sisters speaking, attending, learning, and all that happens at conferences need God’s help.

And rightful prayer is how we get said help. If you’d like to see the conference be a blessing, join me in praying for it. I scribbled below what I’m praying.

1. Pray that the Holy Spirit would use the messages mightily.  

Every speaker at Canvas would happily admit that unless the Holy Spirit actually takes what they’re saying and uses it, they are at best a babbling fool. Though people will plant and water at Canvas, God will give the growth (1 Cor. 3:7). Click To TweetSo pray that he grows the seeds of theology that are sown; pray that God would let those seeds blossom into fruit that reflects his goodness in creativity. Pray that the Holy Spirit would use God’s Word at this conference in mighty ways. 2.  

2.  Pray that the logistics of the event would run smoothly.

Having worked for several conferences, I can testify that A LOT goes on behind the scenes; anyone who has ever planned a wedding or a church service can understand this much. Yet when we show up at conferences, it’s easy to focus on the stage—who’s on it, what’s coming from it, etc. Administrative details at a conference are kind of like pavement; you don’t notice it unless it’s rocky. So pray that the logistics at the event would run smoothly so that people can focus on the content that is being taught. Pray that the Admin team would serve with joy and diligence as they navigate a bunch of details. Pray that logistics of the event would actually enhance the event itself.

3.  Pray that Canvas 2017 would bless the local church.

On the album Instruments of Mercy, Bryan “Braille” Winchester rapped that “We don’t need more superstars we need more Gospel-centered churches.” One of the commitments of Humble Beast is love for the local church. Often times, like most para-church ministries, conferences can be their own institutions that seek to build themselves up instead of the churches they come to. But churches are not conferences, and conferences ought to be for the church. Why? Because it’s “through the church the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places” (Eph. 3:10). It’s easy to attend a conference, learn a lot, and make some resolutions; conferences can fire you up. It’s much harder to carry that fire back home and let it burn for the rest of the year as you do the slow faithful work of implementing what you’ve learned. So pray, brothers and sisters, that God would use what people learn at Canvas 2017 for the good of the churches represented there (and the churches that will be impacted by what’s taught).

4. Pray that Canvas 2017 would glorify God.

In the last prayer request, I mentioned that conferences can build themselves up. That sounds a lot like the Tower of Babel, doesn’t it? No one wants to build Babel at this conference. Babel was made for man’s glory; Canvas 2017 seeks to glorify God. Click To TweetSo pray that the desire of the speakers and Humble Beast would continually echo the psalmists words: “Not to us, O Lord; not to us, but to your name give glory” (Psalm 115:1a).

We serve a God who can do more than we ask, think, or imagine (Eph. 3:21). While we can’t calculate our own fruitfulness, we can be faithful as we are called to be (1 Cor. 4:2). I’m looking forward to seeing what God does through Canvas 2017 as his saints faithfully serve him there. The enemy would love for this event to become Babel.

So let’s pray.