It was a warm, summer evening many years ago when I first went to a live Casting Crowns concert. I had been listening to their music for years, but had never seen them live. I was so excited – but I had no idea what was in store for me, or what this concert would begin.
My family set up our lawn chairs at the outdoor venue and waited expectantly to hear my favorite Christian group perform. And yet, from the first note they struck, it wasn’t a performance – it was worship.
They were leading worship.
Somehow, the stage wasn’t about them. It was about pointing the crowd to God. At one point near the end of their set, Mark Hall began singing the worship song We Fall Down. He asked that we lay all of our burdens down at the feet of Jesus, and that we lift up someone up in prayer that they would do the same. At that point, I felt moved to walk around a couple of chairs to my younger brother and to lay my hand on him and pray for him, that he would surrender all of his life to the Lord and His leading.
I didn’t think about that concert again until a few years ago, when my brother and I were at another Casting Crowns concert. He leaned over to me and asked, “Do you remember our first Casting Crowns concert?”
“Vaguely,” I replied. “It was at Alive, and our whole family was there.”
“And you prayed for me,” he added.
I hadn’t even remembered that until he brought it up again, but that prayer made an impact on him. He remembers it. He remembers that his big sister prayed specifically for him. He remembers more of what I said than I do. But my measly little prayer that day did more than I ever could have imagined. We’ve been to many Casting Crowns concerts together since, but none sticks in his head so much as that one.
Pray for someone with them today. Not just in private. In person. Out loud. And ask the Spirit to lead you. You never know what God might do with it.