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James Evans 16.-18. Aug.
Worship, Prayer & Fasting Weekend
Worship, in both the original Greek and Hebrew, convey the idea of: “to prostrate oneself, to bow down, to fall face down, to pay homage and to pay respect.”* In other words, worship is the highest form of honour and respect that we can show towards God. While worship can be done in public, its main directive is very different from praise. Worship is a direct conversation between you and God. It is highly intimate and personal. Here are some examples in Scripture:
- Luke 17:15-16, 7:36-38 explain that by worshipping, we are putting God first in our lives. This coincides with what Jesus said in Matthew 22:35-40 when He quoted the greatest commandment from the Old Testament.
- Isaiah 29:13 explains the difference between worshipping by human rules as opposed to worshipping from the heart.
- John 4:23-24 tells us that all may worship God, and that we are to worship Him in spirit and in truth.
- Romans 1:25 explains how we can be deceived and worship the things God has created rather than worshipping Him who is the Creator.
Praise and worship clearly go beyond something we do in church or at a concert.
It is not just a title to be assigned to describe an activity. Rather it is a complete way of life for one who follows Christ. Praise and worship are in fact to be the foundation on which we live our lives. Without both, we can’t possibly be effective at being the hands and feet of God. To accomplish this, worship of God and of Him alone must be a first priority at all times. Through our worship of Him and the intimacy that comes through such worship, praise for Him will naturally flow from our actions and words. In doing this our lives will be a true reflection of Christ, from the inside out.
This weekend will be a time of waiting on the Lord in fasting, prayer and worship. It will be a time of re-dedication to the Lord. I encourage you all to take this time and seek the face of the Lord. The Lord will answer your heart cry in Jesus name.