Monday, July 18, 2011

The Blessings of Coming Together for Worship

24And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: 25Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching. -Hebrews 10:24, 25 (KJV) 

As followers of Christ we know Sunday is a special and sacred day.  This is the day we as the body of Christ come together for worship, fellowship, and encouragement.  Consider that wherever you attend worship your pastor gives tremendously in terms of time and energy and sometimes needs a little time away.  A relative of mine was telling me about how her pastor was away on vacation recently and a supply preacher handled the service for the day.  She said the supply pastor was rather elderly and a little hard of hearing.  

During the service prayer requests were taken.  Various individuals were mentioned as needing prayer and the guest preacher repeated the names and wrote them down.  Someone then mentioned a prayer request for someone named Linda, and the pastor said, “Oh yes, we need to pray for Libya and the war and strife going on in that country.”  The person who made the request said, “No, I said Linda.” To which the pastor replied, “Yes indeed; we must pray for Libya as this country needs prayer.” 

During the prayer time as the pastor prayed he offered a sincere prayer for the people of Libya and the need for peace and healing in this war stricken nation.  The pastor prayed for peace as well spiritual renewal.  I told my relative to look on the bright side; God will touch Linda, for the Lord knew who the prayer was intended for, and the Lord will also honor the prayers for the nation of Libya – a country definitely in need of prayer.  Who knows that a great revival might take place throughout North Africa as the result of this sincere prayer? 

Let us do as the Scripture commands and come together regularly for worship and prayer.  God honors the prayers and worship of His people.  I also believe the Lord has a wonderful sense of humor.  Lighten up and take time to enjoy a good laugh today – and every day.  

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