People from all over London fought their tiredness to be present at the Night of Wonders on Friday 22 November. Churches from outside London were connected with the headquarters at Finsbury Park. At 10pm, the night vigil began with Bishop Alvaro, the leader of the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God (UCKG) in the UK, calling forward anyone who felt overwhelmed or like they had lost control of their life.
Whether they were facing challenges they were unable to overcome or whether inexplicable and unexpected things were disrupting their normal lives, many people went before the altar to receive a special prayer. ‘We are going to cry out to God like the people of Israel did in the past’, explained Bishop Alvaro. He then prayed for the people while the pastors placed their hands on them, asking God to deliver them and solve their problems as God had done for the Israelites when they were freed from Egypt.
After the prayer, Bishop Alvaro focused on the main message of the vigil: the wonders of God. He explained: ‘The wonders God will do in your life, you have never seen before. Not even in the lives of those next to you.’
“Then He said: ‘Indeed, I am going to make a covenant before all your people. I will do wonders such as have not been done in all the earth nor in any nation.’” (Exodus 4:10)
The Bishop continued: ‘Everyone wants to see the wonders of God. But we cannot just agree with the verse that we like and disagree with those we don’t like. That is why many people are not seeing extraordinary results or experiencing God in their lives. They are not fully practising what is written.’ He further added: ‘The second part of the verse is very attractive but they forget to fulfil the first part, where God talks about making a covenant.’
Bishop Alvaro explained that God wants to make a covenant with us just as He did with the fathers of faith. Our church attendance or charity work means little if we do not have a covenant with God. Having a covenant with Him is so powerful that it blesses even generations that follow.
‘God heard their groaning, and God remembered His covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.’ (Exodus 2:24)
The Bishop clarified that even when the Israelites were slaves in Egypt, the covenant between God and the patriarchs made centuries before was strong enough for God to bless their descendants. And even after Israel had been freed from slavery, God said:
‘Now therefore, if you will faithfully obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be My special possession out of all the nations, for all the earth is Mine. And you will be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’ (Exodus 19:5)
Bishop Alvaro revealed that this was the secret to seeing God’s wonders in our lives: we have to make a covenant with Him. ‘Making a covenant with God is like getting married. You make a promise to be His, obey Him and Him only. You serve and follow only Him, doing His will and not yours, every minute and second’, he explained. He then called before the altar all those who wished to make a covenant with God, and also gave them the opportunity to be baptised in water and take part in the Lord’s Supper after the meeting.
Bishop Alvaro further made a prayer and gave the people the opportunity to seek the Holy Spirit and start a new relationship with Him.