Monday, 13 June 2016
In the book of Revelation, the angels worship God without ceasing. How can we worship God without ceasing?
What is in your heart?
What are you thinking about (all the time)?
God looks into our heart. God listens to our thoughts. He knows. He cares.
According to my dictionary, to bless someone is to give thanks to him; glorify; make happy; So, how often do we bless God?
Do we bless God without ceasing?
My Bible teacher said, “Obedience is an act of worship.”
At first I thought, “That’s easy!” But, actually it is not very easy. My mind was turned upside down!
In the Old Testament church, priests burn incense as an offering to the LORD. In our modern day church, do priests burn incense? The answer is: Yes, our incense is in the form of prayers (Revelation 5:8) and we are the priests (1 Peter 2:9).
Excerpt from ‘The Battle Plan for Prayer’
In 1 Thessalonians 5:17, we are encouraged to “pray without ceasing.” This means never being far from the attitude or action of talking and listening to God. Prayer should be a natural part of our thinking. Not just in our worship but in our work. Not just in our quiet moments but also in our chaos. We pray because He’s there. We pray because He’s God. We pray because He cares. Unquote
If children can ‘play all the time’, and teenagers and adults can ‘text all the time’ - we can ‘pray all the time’ if we want to. How wonderful!
David wrote, “May my prayer be counted as incense before You; the lifting up of my hands as the evening offering” (Psalm 141:2). Wow! The lifting up of my hands is an ‘offering.’ That’s amazing!
I can imagine God smiling when He sees His church - all His people who are gathered at one place - lifting their hands to Him – as an offering. What a beautiful sight - when heaven and earth becomes one! Hallelujah!
The psalmists of yesterday and the song writers of today are doing the same thing – they put words into music – requests, praises, needs, prayers, promises, gratitude, love … every one of us can put our thoughts and feelings into words and music, and sing to the LORD (Colossians 3:16). Imagine our singing going up to heaven as incense! How awesome!
Dear Father God,
Please anoint our lips; receive our praises; receive our offering! We want to connect with You - all the time! It is possible! Amen!
With the Holy Spirit helping us, we can even speak with You in words that no man can understand – our utterances come from the heart.
Apostle Paul tells us to follow the way of love and eagerly desire spiritual gifts, especially the gift of prophecy (1 Corinthians 14:1).
Father God, we sincerely want to strengthen, encourage and comfort one another. We want to edify the church – Your church – Your people. Amen!
Dear LORD, please teach us how to pray (in the spirit) without ceasing. Teach us how to worship You (in spirit and in truth) without ceasing.
In Jesus’ wonderful name I pray, Amen!
Lam Yee Ling