This week we are continuing our theme of what it means to be priests of prayer and praise.
We are priests of prayer and praise unto the Lord personally. Jesus is our Great High Priest, Who personally brought the blood sacrifice of His own sinless life to God the Father in the heavenly Holy of Holies.
We have no need to bring a blood sacrifice before God. Jesus, by His blood, opened a “new and living way” for us to come and present ourselves to God every day (Romans 12:1-2). The sacrifice we bring is the sacrifice of praise for what God accomplished through the Son, Jesus. We also bring the sacrifice and service of prayer as we intercede for the needs of those we are responsible for. We, as royal and holy priests robed in righteousness, present these sacrifices personally, privately, passionately and persistently.
We are priests of prayer and praise unto the Lord privately. Each one of us is called to minister in prayer and praise personally and privately in the secret place (Matthew 6:6). Although we minister in prayer and praise in the gathering place and the public place, we must begin in the secret place, developing and deepening our personal relationship with, and personal responsibility to, the Lord Jesus. This is the place where we learn to develop a “listening ear” to the voice of the Lord by the Holy Spirit. Like a husband and wife who must have an intimate private life of love and listening in order to be a redemptive force in public, so we as the bride of Christ must meet in the secret place with our Bridegroom in order to represent Him well before the body of Christ and the world.
We are priests of prayer and praise unto the Lord passionately (Psalm 145:1-4). King David’s habit was to “wake up and look up” to God in passionate prayer and praise. The first person and the foremost person he would pour his heart out to was His God and King. While there certainly are to be moments of quiet reflection in the Lord’s presence, there must also be passionate declarations of great praise for our great King, as well as passionate faith-filled petitions and pleas for heaven to move in the lives of those here on earth. When we, as royal and holy priests, offer the ministry of prayer and praise personally, privately and passionately unto the Lord, we both lay down our lives and lift up His Name.
We are priests of prayer and praise unto the Lord persistently (Luke 11:5-8). The word “persistence” in Greek means “to shamelessly continue to insist on a matter.” Jesus uses this parable and what follows to contrast someone badgering a friend for something he needs with believers who come asking, seeking and knocking before a good and gracious God, more than willing to answer their consistent and persistent petitions. We are called to present ourselves to the Lord every day and in every way as dedicated and devoted persistent priests of prayer and praise. Clothed in grace and full of faith, we will be able to lift our voices in prayer and praise and loose spiritual victories by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Remember: Every day, as priests of prayer and praise unto the Lord, we are called to present ourselves to Jesus in the secret place—personally, privately, passionately and persistently.