I’ve been reading through Numbers, and one of the things that has been striking my heart is the immense cost to worship. To be in relationship with God–the Creator and Sustainer of the universe, the jealous and burning fire, the consuming One–is a dangerous and costly thing.
Yes, Jesus’ blood has paid the price of our sins, and his act of redemption on the cross enables us to come into the presence of God, but still there is a cost to worship or it is not really worship. Worship is an act of giving, and so it necessitates a loss on the part of the worshiper. Now, this cost is negligible when compared to the ultimate glory we receive, the joy, peace, healing, love, and acceptance we find in the presence of God. But there is a cost.
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Lately, I’ve been getting much strength from the guys over at the International House of Prayer in Kansas City. They aren’t great at everything, but they excel in worship. If your devotional life needs a kick-start, I definitely recommend heading over there to use their free resources.
Ephesians 3:16 reads, “For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man…”
If you need some strengthening in your “inner man”, I highly recommend checking out their live webstream. Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, they’ve got teams leading worship and intercession. And they broadcast it for all of us to enjoy anywhere we can get online! 🙂 You really can’t go wrong there.
So grab your Bible, turn off your cell phone, and head over to the 24/7 prayer room. Let the Holy Spirit strengthen you in your inner man.
A couple days ago, I realized the Bible had become dry and flavorless to me. I was reading it most mornings, but I read it to get it over with, to do my religious duty. I left the same way I had come, without having encountered the Living Water.
I’m sure you’ve gone through times like that in your walk with God. Sometimes, it’s simply the regular cycle of revelation (God reveals something amazing) and contemplation (we take time to think about it). Other times, it’s due to sin in your life that blocks God’s grace. Other times, God is intentionally drawing you into a desert time in order to draw you deeper, just as he drew his own beloved Son (Mark 1:11-12). Sometimes, the word loses its savor because you’re simply in too much of a hurry or you’re distracted.
Earlier this week, I went to Unirii and was surprised to find thousands of people standing in a massive line while the air reverberated with chanting in Romanian. Later, I learned that the protector of Bucharest, Saint Dimitrie the New, is remembered every year during the week of his martyrdom (October 26). I don’t know much about Saint Dimitrie, but seeing so many people gathered in his honor was both inspiring and upsetting to me.