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Why do we...?
Why do we Worship God?
"You must worship the Lord your God; serve only Him."
Why do we have Speaking in Unknown tongues and the Interpretation in the Church?
"So, dear brothers and sisters, be eager to prophecy, and don't forbid speaking in tongues. But be sure that everything is done properly and in order."
1 Corinthians 14:39 & 40
Why do we have Audible Praise to God?
"Praise the Lord I tell myself; with my whole heart, I will raise his holy name."
Why do we Sing Songs as well as Hymns?
"Don't be drunk with wine, because that will ruin your life. Instead, let the holy spirit fill and control you. Then you will sing Psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, making music to the lord in your hearts."
How do we Worship God?
"But the time is coming and is already here when true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth. The Father is looking for anyone who will worship Him that way. For God is Spirit, so those who worship him must worship in spirit and in truth"
Why do we Sing in Tougues and in English?
"Well then, what shall we do? I will do both. I will pray in the spirit, and I will pray in words I understand. I will sing in the spirit, and I wil sing in words I understand."
1 Corinthians 14:15
Why do we Stand to Sing?
"Then the Levites from the clans of Kohath and Korah stood to praise the Lord, the God of Israel, with a very loud shout."
2 Chronicles 20:19
Why are Musical Instruments part of the Worship Service?
"Praise him with a blast of the trumpet; praise him with the lyre and harp! Praise him with the tambourine and dancing;praise him with stringed instruments and flutes! Praise him with loud clanging cymbals."
Why do we Clap our Hands?
"Come everyone, and clap your hands for joy! Shout to God with joyful praise!"
Why do we do Prophecy?
"But one who prophesies is helping others grow in the Lord, encouraging and comfronting them"
1 Corinthians 14:3
Why do we Lift Our Hands?
"So whoever you assemble, I want men to pray with holy hands lifted up to God, free from anger and controversy"
1 Timothy 2:8
|Passionate, purposeful, persistent prayer|
In 2 kings 13 it is recorded that the leader of the nation, king Jehoash was desperately upset that the man of God was coming to the end of his life. The amazing thing here is the real dependence of the national leader on the spiritual leader, something that seems to have been lost to so many nations, ours included.
Our amazing monarch has ruled over our nation for 60 years, some would say that she is just a figure head, a tourist attraction, a Financial liability. Whether these are true or not one thing is true of her role and that is she is the defender of faith, a title given to the monarch on 11th October 1521, reconfirmed in 1554.
We know that our Queen can make wonderful speeches, her government can make pronouncements, implement laws and seek to steer our nation through these difficult times but if there is no Spiritual voice, no standard being raised by the people of God, what ever position they have in our society, our nation will be lost.
Jehoash knew this to be true for the nation he was leading and so did Gods man Elisha. Elisha gave some instructions to the king that involved him taking some action, maybe the most important of them being striking the ground with a handful of arrows. Those arrows represented the word of God and maybe the action of hitting the ground could be likened to praying. The passion, effort, persistence and maybe faith that was needed to hit the ground more than 3 times is what is needed today. A people who will humble themselves, allowing God to help them in their stretching times, (read the story) and pray, maybe, just maybe God will hear them and heal their land.