Prayer is more than a one way conversation as we see in Acts 13:2. “…the Holy Ghost SAID…” Acts 13:2. This is the prayer of worship! God made us so He would have someone to fellowship with. He wants a relationship with you above all things!! Just as we desire to have relationship with our families, God desires the same thing with His children!
This is the prayer of worship that brings about fellowship with God! This is when you get to know Him as Father, not just Lord! Yes, He wants to know and meet your needs, but as Rev. Hagin says, “I heard about a little boy who said, ‘Lord, this is Jimmie, and I’ll take all you gimme!’. When it comes to prayer that is about all some people know! According to Rev. Hagin, Sr. “If that is all we are doing, just asking God, “Give me…,” we need to examine our hearts and begin to take time, both corporately and in our individual prayer lives, to wait upon God and to minister to the Lord,”
When we minister to the Lord we are not asking for anything! We are praising Him for Who He is, not what we are wanting Him to do for us! Ministering to the Lord is not only done in our individual prayer time, but should be done in the church. Notice, in Acts 13 it says, “THEY ministered to the Lord…” There was more than one person in that service!
I have heard Bro. Hagin say he felt sure God would speak more to people as He did to Paul and Silas in Acts, if Christians would just take more time to “minister to the Lord”! I was praying one day and asked the Lord about this. Why don’t we see the shadow of mighty Christians fall on people and see them instantly healed, raised from the dead and various other miracles as they had then. God replied to me, “Because Paul and Silas didn’t stay in front of a computer on the internet, vegetating in front of a television, or spending hours on the phone!” If we would just cut out a couple of hours of doing these things to take time to minister to the Lord, I know we would see amazing things!!
Years ago, Bro. Hagin told of a story of a Full Gospel church. They had a young minister to come and hold a revival. If I remember correctly, this young man was only about 14 years old, but was very mature in the Lord. The pastor of this church was away and this is why they had asked this young evangelist to come. The pastor’s wife got a phone call in the middle of the night. A baby in the church was having convulsions and they would not stop! She woke the young evangelist, called several people in the church and they met at the couple’s home that had called. As they prayed for the baby, they began to rebuke the devil, anoint the baby with oil (and these are things they should have done) and prayed at the top of their voices for 30-40 minutes. The baby continued to have convulsions. Suddenly, the young evangelist grew quiet. When he did so did the rest of the people who were there. Within minutes the pastor’s wife began to praise God. She began to say, “Glory to God, praise the Lord, thank you Jesus, hallelujah, glory to God!!” Soon the rest of the people began to praise as well. Immediately, the baby STOPPED CONVULSING!! They began to talk quietly and the baby began to convulse again! Again, they began to praise and the baby stopped convulsing and went to sleep totally healed!! What happened? They did everything the Bible tells us to do when praying for the sick, BUT they didn’t remember to MINISTER TO THE LORD! When they did, a miracle was wrought! As you and I minister to the Lord (which is praising Him) the Holy Spirit will manifest Himself! Ministering to the Lord will always bring VICTORY!!
Blessings to you, my dear reader!! Tomorrow, I will be writing on “Ministering to the Lord Brings Deliverance!” I will see you then!
*Reference Kenneth E. Hagin: Bible Prayer Study Course
2 What should I say, my son? What, son of my womb? What, son of my vows? 3 Don’t spend your energy on women or your efforts on those who destroy kings. 4 It is not for kings, Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine or for rulers to desire beer. 5 Otherwise, they[b] will drink, forget what is decreed, and pervert justice for all the oppressed.[c] 6 Give beer to one who is dying and wine to one whose life is bitter. 7 Let him drink so that he can forget his poverty and remember his trouble no more. 8 Speak up[d] for those who have no voice,[e] for the justice of all who are dispossessed.[f] 9 Speak up,[g] judge righteously, and defend the cause of[h] the oppressed and needy.
10 Who can find a capable wife?[i] She is far more precious than jewels.[j] 11 The heart of her husband trusts in her, and he will not lack anything good. 12 She rewards him with good, not evil, all the days of her life. 13 She selects wool and flax and works with willing hands. 14 She is like the merchant ships, bringing her food from far away. 15 She rises while it is still night and provides food for her household and portions[k] for her female servants. 16 She evaluates a field and buys it; she plants a vineyard with her earnings.[l] 17 She draws on her strength[m] and reveals that her arms are strong. 18 She sees that her profits are good, and her lamp never goes out at night. 19 She extends her hands to the spinning staff, and her hands hold the spindle. 20 Her hands reach[n] out to the poor, and she extends her hands to the needy. 21 She is not afraid for her household when it snows, for all in her household are doubly clothed.[o] 22 She makes her own bed coverings; her clothing is fine linen and purple. 23 Her husband is known at the city gates, where he sits among the elders of the land. 24 She makes and sells linen garments; she delivers belts[p] to the merchants. 25 Strength and honor are her clothing, and she can laugh at the time to come. 26 She opens her mouth with wisdom and loving instruction[q] is on her tongue. 27 She watches over the activities of her household and is never idle.[r] 28 Her sons rise up and call her blessed. Her husband also praises her: 29 “Many women[s] are capable, but you surpass them all!” 30 Charm is deceptive and beauty is fleeting, but a woman who fears the Lord will be praised. 31 Give her the reward of her labor,[t] and let her works praise her at the city gates.
This is Kenneth Hagin, Sr.. He has passed away and his son now carries on the mighty ministry the Lord had him begin. They have the Rhema Church and RHEMA BIBLE TRAINING CENTER in Broken Arrow, OK. I respect this wonderful man to this day! How anyone could have anything against his teachings that were so full of revelation, spirit and life are beyond me! For the next few days, I will be writing on what I have learned from Rev. Hagin, Sr. throughout the years. Lately, the Lord has taken me back to his study course on prayer. This is a very deep subject and a very important one since what we receive from God is through prayer.
There are many types of prayer. The prayer of petition, the prayer of faith, the prayer of praise and worship among many. The prayer of praise and worship is the one I want to cover over the next few days. I will be referring to the home study course I took years ago. For more detailed accounts you may order it from RHEMA BIBLE INSTITUTE and the name of it is Bible Prayer Study Course.
Acts 13:1-4 reads like this from the HOLMAN STUDY BIBLE:
13 In the church that was at Antioch there were prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Simeon who was called Niger, Lucius the Cyrenian, Manaen, a close friend of Herod the tetrarch, and Saul.
2 As they were ministering to[a] the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for Me Barnabas and Saul for the work I have called them to.” 3 Then after they had fasted, prayed, and laid hands on them, they sent them off.
4 Being sent out by the Holy Spirit, they came down to Seleucia, and from there they sailed to Cyprus.
Look closely at verse 2 that says, “As they ministered to the Lord and fasted.” Many times the only type of prayer people are familiar with is the prayer of petition, or the prayer to ask for something, or for something to be changed. This is also called the prayer of faith. This prayer is totally scriptural and it is how to see our needs be met. But, in our scripture they were not asking God to do anything! They ministered to the Lord and fasted. To minister to the Lord is the prayer of praise and worship!
When we go to church, we usually minister to one another. When we pray, more times than not we are asking God for something. Then we ask the Lord to move in our service and to manifest Himself among us. Then when the minister or speaker speaks he/she isn’t ministering to the Lord either. They are ministering to the congregation.
As you see, many times we come to church, not to minister to the Lord, but to pray on our own behalf and then we pray for the needs of others. Often people come forward for prayer. They want something from God, but they are not always sure what they need. We should ask them what they are praying for. We need to know how to agree in prayer, which is the prayer of agreement.
Many times, I’ve seen people go to the altar, others gather around them and just start praying. You can have the minister come to pray for them and they will tell the minister they don’t know why they are there. They don’t know what they are praying for. How does anyone else know what to pray if they don’t even know what their need is? We need to know if they have come for salvation, to be filled with the Holy Spirit, or to receive another type of blessing. At that point, you can pray the word over them and they will be built up in faith!
I had a wonderful pastor say one time, “You MUST teach the people before they can receive anything in prayer. If they want to be healed, you must show them it is Biblical and what God says about it. If you don’t, their faith will not be built in that area and they won’t be able to receive! This goes for ANY AND ALL needs and desires! If you can prove it Biblically then they can receive anything and everything God wants them to have.” But, yet again, this is the prayer of petition! When and how do we pray the prayer of praise and worship? When do we minister just to the Lord?
There is a time and a way to do this! I am so excited to share this with you tomorrow! Come back and I assure you, you will be blessed with a higher degree of praise and a higher level of prayer as we discuss this important subject! Blessings to you, dear reader!! I will see you soon!
The man’s oration to Ithiel, to Ithiel and Ucal:[b]
2 I am more stupid than any other man,[c] and I lack man’s ability to understand. 3 I have not gained wisdom, and I have no knowledge of the Holy One. 4 Who has gone up to heaven and come down? Who has gathered the wind in His hands? Who has bound up the waters in a cloak? Who has established all the ends of the earth? What is His name, and what is the name of His Son— if you know? 5 Every word of God is pure;[d] He is a shield to those who take refuge in Him. 6 Don’t add to His words, or He will rebuke you, and you will be proved a liar.
7 Two things I ask of You; don’t deny them to me before I die: 8 Keep falsehood and deceitful words far from me. Give me neither poverty nor wealth; feed me with the food I need. 9 Otherwise, I might have too much and deny You, saying, “Who is the Lord?” or I might have nothing and steal, profaning[e] the name of my God.
10 Don’t slander a servant to his master or he will curse you, and you will become guilty.
11 There is a generation that curses its father and does not bless its mother. 12 There is a generation that is pure in its own eyes, yet is not washed from its filth. 13 There is a generation—how haughty its eyes and pretentious its looks.[f] 14 There is a generation whose teeth are swords, whose fangs are knives, devouring the oppressed from the land and the needy from among mankind.
15 The leech has two daughters: “Give, Give!” Three things are never satisfied; four never say, “Enough!”: 16 Sheol; a childless womb; earth, which is never satisfied with water; and fire, which never says, “Enough!”
17 As for the eye that ridicules a father and despises obedience to a mother, may ravens of the valley pluck it out and young vultures eat it.
18 Three things are beyond me; four I can’t understand: 19 the way of an eagle in the sky, the way of a snake on a rock, the way of a ship at sea, and the way of a man with a young woman.
20 This is the way of an adulteress: she eats and wipes her mouth and says, “I’ve done nothing wrong.”
21 The earth trembles under three things; it cannot bear up under four: 22 a servant when he becomes king, a fool when he is stuffed with food, 23 an unloved woman when she marries, and a servant girl when she ousts her queen.
24 Four things on earth are small, yet they are extremely wise: 25 the ants are not a strong people, yet they store up their food in the summer; 26 hyraxes are not a mighty people, yet they make their homes in the cliffs; 27 locusts have no king, yet all of them march in ranks; 28 a lizard[g] can be caught in your hands, yet it lives in kings’ palaces.
29 Three things are stately in their stride, even four are stately in their walk: 30 a lion, which is mightiest among beasts and doesn’t retreat before anything, 31 a strutting rooster,[h] a goat, and a king at the head of his army.[i]
32 If you have been foolish by exalting yourself or if you’ve been scheming, put your hand over your mouth. 33 For the churning of milk produces butter, and twisting a nose draws blood, and stirring up anger produces strife.
And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:20
People may give up on you, disappoint you, set you aside, call you worthless, but God will NEVER give up on you or see you in ANY of those ways! His word says He will never leave us or forsake us.
Paul said he left his past behind and looked forward! We should do the same. No one is perfect. You are forgiven, no matter what you have done if you have asked Jesus to forgive you. Not only are you forgiven, it is never even remembered again, and certainly never brought back up to you by God. Don’t give up! None of us have done it all perfectly! Your future is bright. It won’t always be the way it is now. Tomorrow is a new day and you don’t know what God holds in store for you, but it is wonderful!!
Blessings to you, my precious reader! I will see you soon!