Prayer for Heart Allegiance_Worship

The problem:

Deuteronomy 29:26 They went off and worshiped other gods and bowed down to them, gods they did not know, gods he had not given them.

Judges 2:12 They forsook the LORD, the God of their fathers, who had brought them out of Egypt. They followed and worshiped various gods of the peoples around them. They provoked the LORD to anger.

2 Kings 17:35 When the LORD made a covenant with the Israelites, he commanded them: "Do not worship any other gods or bow down to them, serve them or sacrifice to them.

Isaiah 29:13 The Lord says:"These people come near to me with their mouth and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.

 

The solution:

2 Kings 17:28 So one of the priests who had been exiled from Samaria came to live in Bethel and taught them how to worship the LORD.

(It is interesting to note here, the people must be taught how to worship properly.)

Three primary points to consider. These ways can make an immediate impact in the overall quality of our worship services regardless of our musical ability and resources.

One:

Psalm 100:4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise give thanks to him and praise his name.

(Our preparation must begin before we touch the handles of the church door. We enter giving thanks to our mighty God. Then enter the courts of the worship sanctuary praising him for his faithfulness and worshiping His holy name. Ready, Energized and Expecting.)

Two:

Psalm 95:6 Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the LORD our Maker; tremble before him, all the earth.

(Displaying an awesome respect for His mighty presence, follows our entry into His courts with praise. As the prophet Isaiah being overwhelmed and completely humbled in God's presence. Bowing our hearts and lives, the act of bowing down.)

Three:

Heart Allegiance_Its time to "Stop the Hypocracy!" For those who say, "I don't worship that way" and "I just want to stand here and be quiet".

We must ask the following questions. What gets us going then? What gets us excited? World Series games?, Basketball games? NBA MVP, LeBron James? College Football? Movies , Music, Video Games, Televison? Who do we worship? Pop stars, Movie stars, Sports stars?

The principle of heart allegiance demands whatever we do for these earthly entertainers, (clapping until our palms turn red, screaming until our voice is horse, jumping up & down vigorously, throwing our hands in the air jubilantly), we must elevate our fanship even more for our Lord and God. These are just fallable human beings. Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, is worthy of infinitely more. God the Father, Lord God of Heaven and Earth, Creator of Heaven and Earth, is worthy of our very best and most emphatic worship! Again, heart allegiance says "Stop the Hypocracy!"

Support Scriptures:

2 Kings 17:36 (New International Version) But the LORD, who brought you up out of Egypt with mighty power and outstretched arm, is the one you must worship. To him you shall bow down and to him offer sacrifices.

1 Chronicles 16:29 (New International Version) ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name. Bring an offering and come before him, worship the LORD in the splendor of his holiness.

2 Chronicles 7:3 (New International Version) When all the Israelites saw the fire coming down and the glory of the LORD above the temple, they knelt on the pavement with their faces to the ground, and they worshiped and gave thanks to the LORD, saying,"He is good; his love endures forever."

2 Chronicles 20:18 (New International Version) 18 Jehoshaphat bowed with his face to the ground, and all the people of Judah and Jerusalem fell down in worship before the LORD.

2 Chronicles 29:30 (New International Version) 30 King Hezekiah and his officials ordered the Levites to praise the LORD with the words of David and of Asaph the seer. So they sang praises with gladness and bowed their heads and worshiped.

Nehemiah 8:6 (New International Version) 6 Ezra praised the LORD, the great God; and all the people lifted their hands and responded, "Amen! Amen!" Then they bowed down and worshiped the LORD with their faces to the ground.

Nehemiah 9:6 (New International Version) 6 You alone are the LORD. You made the heavens, even the highest heavens, and all their starry host, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them. You give life to everything, and the multitudes of heaven worship.

Psalm 96:9 (New International Version) 9 Worship the LORD in the splendor of his holiness;



Heavenly Father,

We ask humbly, to help us improve the quality of our worship and corporate interaction with you, throughout your "body" here on earth. May our churches and worship teams be taught to facilitate a more God pleasing approach to their worship ministries, beginning today. May our musicians learn, as well, to greatly enhance the worship experirence by aligning to these core biblical guidelines. We pray, also, for the hearts and lives of the people to respond positively. Coming alive to the interactive nature of the true worship experience.

Corporately, may we quickly learn to enter your gates with thanksgiving and your courts with praise. May we also be led to bow down, in an attitude of respect for you, your holiness, and your splendor. May our heart allegiances come fully back to you, in worship, as well as, life. Giving you our most honest, supreme, and ultimate devotion, in the most lively and interactive worship imaginable.

We love you Lord!

Thank you for hearing and answering our prayers,

In the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, amen.