Yesterday and today, I was blessed with the chance to be the production engineer for a training at our church. Earlier in the week I received a mass text looking for someone to work the training on Friday night and Saturday, and I figured that someone else had already answered and was setup. But I responded later in the evening anyway, and I was still needed, so being me, I said sign me up. I had no clue what I was going to be sitting in on at that point. The training was on prayer and healing…
Praying no matter what, is what we need to be looking at. It is in God’s hands not yours. You will at times just be overcome with the pain of someone else. Too many times people pray in condemnation, people pray for people and air the dirty laundry that they know about them, and push disbelief out to people. Many times people will pray for show, or will blame the person that does not have their prayer answered, or will reason with the issue – it’s a sanctified pain…
To me more than the Friday night teaching and the sessions on Saturday, was the feeling of the Spirit during worship. I have been in church all of my life. I have been working with church praise teams for many years now too. While I’ve heard and felt God’s presence many times before during worship, this morning I felt something that I hadn’t felt for a while. And I felt God really laying this message on me. But I couldn’t get the song “Heart of Worship” out of my head. The opening line of the song, kept repeating itself –
When the music fades
All is stripped away
And I simply come
So many times we get caught up in the entire production of “church” today, and we don’t really move forward in Worship. We play church too much. Now, I’m not talking about what churches to today, but more of what the attendees do. I myself find myself just showing up. Too many times sitting in service I find myself thinking – I would do this with the sound, that was off-key, That is off beat… Many of us show up on Sundays or Saturdays and go through the motions. We like the beat of the songs, we like the concert that many churches have each week. But that brings me to the point that God was driving into me this morning; the worship session at this training that started out both days was one guy and an acoustic guitar.
You could feel as he led the room in worship that he was pressing in to God’s spirit for himself. It is that sincerity that can be felt. It is getting yourself away from the noise and the show, as I thought back on the other times, that I had felt God the most during worship, for me, it has been the times that it was a simple set. Not a full band, sometimes it was just voices, at times it was an old hymn. The only formula for getting close to God, is opening your heart. It is knowing that no matter what, you are God’s child, and that even if His answer isn’t the one you wanted, or His “lack” of an answer, you still know that he is there with you and for you.
The belief that God is with us no matter what, and that we are His. We are His hands and feet, in all that we do. We don’t know His full plan, we only see the glimpses that He reveals to us.
16 Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego replied to him, “King Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. 17 If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and he will deliver us[c] from Your Majesty’s hand. 18 But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.”
Daniel 3:16-18 (NLT)
To me these are the basics:
- God is God
- God waits on us to open our hearts to Him
- We don’t know what he has next for us, but asking for a glimpse is fine.
- And to steal a line from Garth Brooks – Just because he doesn’t answer, doesn’t mean he don’t care
I challenge you to put away the noise of the things around you. Take some quite time with God, this doesn’t have to be time in silence, but take time to just wait for God. Spend time in the Bible, we won’t always hear God in a loud booming voice, but He reveals himself to us in different ways. But it is in our time pushing into Him and concentrating on Him, that gets us back to the basics.