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Unceasing Worship and Prayer

When one begins to honestly reckon with the themes of worship and prayer in scripture, the furthest thing from a minimalistic utilitarianism emerges. We are prone to relegate “worship” to thirty minutes once a week. In the Bible, however, ministry to the Lord is the burning, consuming core of orthopraxy – the right reaction to God’s revelation. At the center of the heavenly sanctuary there are living creatures who do not rest day or night as the laud the unveiled beauty of God (Revelation 4:6-8), and deep in the center of the narrative of man’s circuitous response to God – in the very thick of the plot – is the marvel of unceasing ministry to the Lord on the earth. Jesus commanded His disciples to pray that God’s will be done “on earth as it is in heaven”. Resonance of the heavenly pattern echoes through the Old Testament, the New Testament, and the story of the church. And now, unlike any other time in history, the incense of incessant devotion is ascending from the cities of the earth. The timing of this phenomenon is not coincidental and it is profoundly related to the missiological horizon. This interrelationship must be explored both biblically and methodologically. God’s renown is the nexus between frontier missions and incessant devotion. One is the trajectory of scope, the other of depth, and they converge at the glorious splendor of His majesty (Psalm 145:3).

A Singing Assembly

Twice in his letters to newly established congregations, the apostle Paul challenges his listeners to become singing communities. Apparently this was a very important feature in Paul’s discipleship method. He insisted that they sing the Scriptures to one another when they gathered (see Col 3:16; Eph 5:18-20).

The Power of Prayer

I say to you, though he will not rise and give to him because he is his friend, yet because of his persistence he will rise and give him as many as he needs. “So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. Luke 11:8-10