“The sons of Amram: 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)
God established 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.
They were to minister (Hebrew- sherer) is to serve a person (Exodus 24:13; 1st Kings 19:21) 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 hat 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, Your plans have so much more depth than our plans, and You never overlook anything. Your system was to ensue continued worship and prayer, and continues to be even today. There must be clarity among those who serve in the church and its services, and to whom they report to. Your system was well thought out and still works in our services. We thank You, Abba, for your planning, your leadership, but even more for Your love for us at all times. In Jesus’ precious name. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“A relationship is give and take, and though God may only give, you shouldn’t only take.”
“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 the earth.” (Isaiah 62:6–7)
“Call on the Lord” is a term for prayer. 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 a constant involvement in seeking God’s will and committing oneself to do His will.
“I looked for a man among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land so I would not have to destroy it, but I found none.” (Ezekiel22:30)
This could refer either to lack of prophets and teachers warning the land or to lack of intercessors. One task of a prophet was intercessory prayer. God wants people strong in prayer to intercede for His sinful people.
Second Thought of the Day:
“But when you pray, go into your room, close he door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. ‘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 lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.’” (Matthew6:-13)
Most of Jesus’ teaching on prayer was given in the plural. This is an exception; the command to avoid hypocrisy is in the singular. Jesus’ own example was to pray alone. Prayer is to be thoughtful, not babbling. This does not prohibit long prayers: Jesus prayed all night (Luke6:12).
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 should pray that God will aid us in our struggle with “the evil one,” or Satan. Satan is the source of temptation. We week God’s guidance in our lives, not Satan’s. We depend on God to lead us away from Satan and his methods.