The Daily Fountain Daily Devotional of the Church Of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) 31 October 2019 – Instruction On Worship
TOPIC: Instruction On Worship
READ: 1 Timothy 2:1-15 (NKJV)
- Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made
- for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence.
- For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior,
- who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.
- For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus,
- who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time,
- for which I was appointed a preacher and an apostle—I am speaking the truth in Christ and not lying— a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth.
- I desire therefore that the men pray everywhere, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting;
- in like manner also, that the women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with propriety and moderation, not with braided hair or gold or pearls or costly clothing,
- but, which is proper for women professing godliness, with good works.
- Let a woman learn in silence with all submission.
- And I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man, but to be in silence.
- For Adam was formed first, then Eve.
- And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived, fell into transgression.
- Nevertheless she will be saved in childbearing if they continue in faith, love, and holiness, with self-control.
Worship (or prayer) is an act of communication between Man and God. Man recognises God’s awesome glory and majesty and power in the creation of the world and all that is seen and unseen; His love, grace and mercy in the redemption of mankind through the sacrifice of His only Son Jesus Christ. By this, He created a new world by which man could relate with Him as children would relate to a loving, caring, and providential Father.
In response to Him, we seek fellowship through prayers in which we praise Him, and bring our needs as well as those of other people to Him. But prayer must go beyond a mere legalistic exercise. If we are in a deep relationship with God through our Redeemer Jesus Christ, prayer becomes a vital life-giving and life-sustaining experience – just like the water we drink and the air we breathe.
But for prayers to be answered, they must be offered by those who live holy and righteous lives, prayers whose hearts are sanctified and devoid of hatred and unforgiveness. Christians must not be selfish in their prayers; they should pray for all sorts and conditions of men – even for their enemies. And as we spice our prayer life with praise and thanksgiving, we will find that our communion with God is no longer a mere routine; it is a soul-lifting experience.
Prayer: Dear Loving Father, grant that any moment I draw near to You in prayer, I shall find the blessed radiance of Your face flooding my entire being, in Jesus Name. Amen.