#765. BRING ME A HARPIST (7/3/23)
This week we continue in our 9-week series entitled ’Praying Together’; this series is loosely based upon the book and course, ‘The Prayers of many’ by Mike Betts. During this series, we want to learn about the importance of corporate prayer.
‘But now bring me a minstrel.” And it came about, when the minstrel played, that the hand of the Lord came upon him. He said, “Thus says the Lord, ‘Make this valley full of trenches.’ For thus says the Lord, ‘You shall not see wind nor shall you see rain; yet that valley shall be filled with water, so that you shall drink, both you and your cattle and your beasts. This is but a slight thing in the sight of the Lord; He will also give the Moabites into your hand.’ (2 Kings 3:15-18)
SUMMARY: Music and worship are important in prayer as they inspire and lift our faith.
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In yesterday’s devotional, we saw that Digging Ditches is analogous to praying together; as we do the thing that we can do (dig in prayer) God will do what only He can do (pour out His Spirit and bring life); following on from this, As I read this account, I was struck by how the prophet Elisha asked for a musician to accompany him in prophesying about the need to dig ditches etc. I think we can see in this a link between worship/music and praying together.
Worship (often accompanied by song and music) is an important aspect of prayer. Lifting our eyes to God will lift our faith to pray; as a glider needs thermals (hot air off of the land) to rise and stay aloft, so we need Spiritual inspiration given in worship and song.
Why did Elisha ask for a minstrel if not to be aided by it? Since no explanation is given, we must assume that music helps inspire us to pray and prophesy. In Ephesians 5, we read about what should be normal church life:
‘Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.’ (Ephesians 5:18-20)
It’s interesting to see that singing various types of worship songs is the result of and the catalyst for being filled with the Spirit!
RESPONSE - Value music and singing
Music is unique to mankind. God has gifted us with music and musicians for enjoyment, but primarily to inspire us in our praying together.
COMMUNITY GROUP NOTES AND STUDY
It might be good to begin with notices. Please share from this week’s Church News.
Let's all get as involved as possible in our week of prayer this week. For details please look at Church News.
What has God been speaking to you about from His Word this week?
3. STUDY AND PRAY TOGETHER
During this series, we will be using the 'Prayers of Many' course by Mike Betts.
I encourage you to buy a copy of the book from: https://prayersofmany.org/book#buybook
If you need assistance in buying a book please send an email to the church office and we will happily purchase you a copy.
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