Have you ever felt as if everything was going opposite the Lord’s promises? Have you felt like throwing in the towel, wondering if you’ve missed it because nothing worthwhile seems to be happening anymore?
What comes to the surface can lead to a valuable searching of our hearts. As the house of prayer where I lead worship goes through a challenging season, God has brought some motive-searching questions to mind:
Are we doing this to exalt God who is worthy of worship or to grow in number?
Will we pray and serve simply because we want His will to be done and His Son to be glorified?
The Lord is zealous for the building of His house of prayer, a place where people from every nation and walk of life may come and meet together for worship and prayer both individually and in community.
In worship we choose to exalt Jesus to first place in our lives. Only from the place of prayer and worship can we effectively reach our communities.
Prayer is found in intimate relationship with God. As Mike Bickle of IHOPKC often shares, prayer is when we agree with what God wants to do. Worship is when we agree with who God is.
The Lord Himself said that His house shall be a house of prayer (Isaiah 56:7; Matthew 21:13). More and more we see the Lord stirring His people with a desire to worship and pray without ceasing. This is to be our foundation:
“One thing I have desired of the Lord, That will I seek: That I may dwell in the house of the Lord All the days of my life, To behold the beauty of the Lord, And to inquire in His temple.” Psalm 27:4 (NKJV)
The Lord desires believers united in one heart and one mind. Jesus prayed for us to be known by the unity we have with God and each other (John 17:21).
I’ve noticed even more tonight that there’s a war going on in the atmosphere. The enemy hates our worship of Jesus and has his own sounds going as he tries to pollute the air of homes, cities, regions and hearts.
We need to lift our voices in worship of Jesus more and more wherever we are! Our words and worship penetrate the atmosphere to bring God’s life and light all around us, His anointed sons and daughters!
After leading worship today I can especially feel his irritation at the healing that came to hearts and to the atmosphere over our region; and even though I know we don’t fight against flesh and blood, his irritation seems to be being reflected in the natural through others around us playing music that is more raucous and their singing more blatant than usual.
So tonight my hubby and I are playing the 24/7 Prayer Room web stream via IHOP-KC in our place! Don’t forget to play music glorifying our God in worship in your homes and spend time praising Him all the day and night long, lifting your voices wherever you are