“The sons of Amran: Aaron and Moses. Aaron was set apart, he and his descendants forever, to consecrate the most holy things, to offer sacrifices before the lord, to minister before him and to pronounce blessings in his name forever.” (1st Chronicles 23:13)
Beloved God set up a system to ensure that worship and prayer continued among His people. Prayer is a part of God’s eternal plan for His people. The Aaronic priests were to pronounce benedictions on Israel as well as other sacrifice and prayer to God. To minister (Hebrew – sheret) is to a person by free choice, not as a slave.
In worship, to minister is to prepare for and lead in worship. In essence, to minister is to serve God. Prayer is part of that service. The danger is that to minister can come to mean to serve the worship house, the worship service, or the worship leaders. Ministry is to God and not to an institution. It is to bring God’s blessing to the people, not to bless the institution with people as its servants.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, in ministry, there is a very fine line between ministering to the people of the church and serving God. In other words, we are not to substitute our worship to a structure or even individual/s; we are quite simply to worship God alone. Abba, help us to always remember our worship is to God through His Son, our Lord & Savior Jesus Christ. We do have clergy that help with the ministry of our worship services but they will be the first to tell you not to worship them! They have been called by God for specific reasons to tend to the day to day responsibilities of managing the business of the church and also to officiate over the worship services and offices of the church. Let our worship be clear and precise in its direction towards the Creator of this earth and the universe we live in and all life. This we pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“Faith is a journey, not a destination.”
“I have posted watchmen on your walls, O Jerusalem; they will never be silent day or night. You who call on the Lord, give yourselves no rest, and give him no rest till he establishes Jerusalem and makes her the praise of he earth.” (Isaiah 62:6-7)
“Call on the Lord” is a term for prayer (See Genesis 4:26). God’s intention was that Jerusalem exhibit His character and love for the world. The watchmen should pray ceaselessly for that end. Prayer is not a spasmodic activity but rather a constant involvement in seeking God’s will and committing oneself to do His will.
“Prayer, Command of God:” (Ezekiel22:30)
This could refer either to lack of prophets and teachers warning the land or to lack of intercession. One task o a prophet was intercessory prayer. God wants people strong in prayer to intercede for His sinful people, because sin separates us from God and blocks His answers to prayer. The honest prayer of repentance removes the hindrances to answered prayer.
Second Thought of the Day:
“This, then, is how you should pray: ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And leads us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.’” (Matthew6:9-13)
The Model Prayer, both commands and teaches Christians how to pray. The prayer contains six petitions, divided equally. The first three concern God’s holiness and purposes; the second group contain three personal requests. Both types are valid requests, but God’s honor and kingdom must take precedence.
Disciples of our Lord Jesus Christ should pray that God will aid us in our struggle with “the evil one,” or Satan. Satan is the source of temptation. We seek God’s guidance in our lives, not Satan’s. We depend on God to lead us away from Satan and his methods.