This week, we are doing a second part concerning what it means to be priests of prayer and praise unto the Lord.
We are priests of prayer and praise unto the Lord personally (Romans 12:1-2). 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 (Hebrews 10:19-20). The sacrifice we bring personally is the sacrifice of praise for what God accomplished through the Son, Jesus. We also personally bring the sacrifice and service of prayer, as we intercede for the needs of those we are responsible for and to.
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 (Matthews 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 our personal responsibility to, the Lord Jesus. This is the place where we seek His face and learn to develop a “listening ear” to the voice of the Lord by the Holy Spirit.
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. 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 here on earth. Jesus’ habit was to present Himself to God the Father in prayer and praise as heaven’s Great High Priest. His disciples were so stirred by the strength and power that came from Jesus humbly and passionately seeking the Father, they asked Him to teach them how to engage in the ministry of prayer and praise as He did (Luke 11:1-4).
We are priests of prayer and praise unto the Lord persistently (Luke 11:5-10). The word “persistence” in Greek means “to shamelessly continue to insist on a matter.” Jesus used a parable and what followed to contrast someone badgering a friend for something he needs with believers who come consistently and persistently asking, seeking and knocking before a good and gracious and giving God. Consider the example of Mary of Bethany who sat at the feet of Jesus, devoted not distracted, determined not deterred, and directed not divided (Luke 10:38-42). Nothing and no one could draw her away from her devoted determination to take the place and part that Jesus offered to her and called her to.
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.