Prayer and worship

4. The daily prayer service

Alone with God: the daily ministration. (= act of service.)

Each individual Christian must serve as priest before the spiritual altar and each individual Christian is called to rule and reign with Christ. This involves us all in a daily service (ministration) in which we exercise our privilege of coming before the Father as a child to be alone with him.

1. Daily prayer

David’s example: (Psa 55:17 NIV) Evening, morning and noon, I cry out in distress, and he hears my voice.

This is a daily, prayerful consecration to the will of God. As with the daily worship of the children of Israel:

(Ex. 29:38-39 NIV) “This is what you are to offer on the altar regularly each day: two lambs a year old. {39} Offer one in the morning and the other at twilight.
(Num 28:24 NIV) In this way prepare the food for the offering made by fire every day for seven days as an aroma pleasing to the LORD; it is to be prepared in addition to the regular burnt offering and its drink offering.t.

Jesus said, (Luke 9:23 NIV) Then he said to them all: “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.”

Paul teaches that this offering of all that we are is reasonable. (Rom 12:1 NIV) Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship.

Not a once-a-week Christian but a daily life given to Christ. The thought is, “Lord, I offer myself to fulfil your will this day.

In the Tabernacle of Moses the incense (a type of prayer.) was to be offered to God twice a day. This was His decree.

{6} Put the altar in front of the curtain that is before the ark of the Testimony—before the atonement cover that is over the Testimony—where I will meet with you. {7} “Aaron must burn fragrant incense on the altar every morning when he tends the lamps. {8} He must burn incense again when he lights the lamps at twilight so incense will burn regularly before the LORD for the generations to come. {9} Do not offer on this altar any other incense or any burnt offering or grain offering, and do not pour a drink offering on it.
(Psa 88:9 NIV) my eyes are dim with grief. I call to you, O LORD, every day; I spread out my hands to you.
(Rev 5:8 NIV) And when he had taken it, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb. Each one had a harp and they were holding golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints.

We need to pray daily in a known language and also in an unknown language (tongues) Praying in tongues comes to our aid when we just cannot think what to say. Praying in this manner edifies us and builds us up in our spiritual being. Often it will break the yoke and our thoughts begin to flow freely again.

2. Ask the Holy Spirit for help

Each morning we ask for a fresh and continuing supply of the anointing. (Phil 1:19 NIV) for I know that through your prayers and the help given by the Spirit of Jesus Christ, what has happened to me will turn out for my deliverance.

3. Daily manna

Each of us is to feed on the Word daily. Read for ourselves the “What is it?” (this is what manna means) supplied to us personally by God. The Israelites gathered the Lord’s provision daily. Notice each one was to gather. (must get your own portion.) It is interesting to notice that each portion was for the day only. Keeping it resulted in the portion becoming rotten. Because our “manna” is spiritual, our spiritual state effects the gathering it is to be truly prayerful.

(Matt. 6:11) Give us this day our daily bread.
(Exo 16:21 NIV) Each morning everyone gathered as much as he needed, and when the sun grew hot, it melted away.
(Exo 16:20 NIV) However, some of them paid no attention to Moses; they kept part of it until morning, but it was full of maggots and began to smell. So Moses was angry with them..

4. Daily washing of the priest

(Exod. 30:17. The brazen Laver stood before the tabernacle to provide water that the priests might wash.
(Exo 30:17-18 NIV) Then the LORD said to Moses, {18} “Make a bronze basin, with its bronze stand, for washing. Place it between the Tent of Meeting and the altar, and put water in it.

Aaron and his sons who were priests had to wash every time they entered the Holy Place to minister. So also with the New Testament priest but not with ordinary water as did the priest of the Aaronic order but by the washing given through/by the Word of God.

(Titus 3:5 NIV) he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, (Eph 5:26 NIV) to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word,

The knowledge of the “manna”, i.e. God’s message for us for today, (see above.) is of no use unless we apply it to our lives. Water does not wash unless applied!

5. Daily cleansing in the Blood.

We ask for the cleansing from sin by the blood of Jesus continually so that daily we may be overcomers

(Mat 26:28 NIV) This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.
(Heb 9:22 NIV) In fact, the law requires that nearly everything be cleansed with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.
(Rev 12:11 NIV) They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death.
Lev. 4:13, 17, 21. The blood was poured out as part of the sin offering to cleanse the people of their sinful acts..

6. Daily worship and praise

One of the fruitful ways of praise is in a loud voice. Learn to talk with God OUT LOUD

Rev 5:10-13 NIV) You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God, and they will reign on the earth.” {11} Then I looked and heardthe voice of many angels, numbering thousands upon thousands, and ten thousand times ten thousand. They encircled the throne and the living creatures and the elders. {12} In a loud voice they sang: “Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!” {13} Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all that is in them, singing: “To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and honor and glory and power, for ever and ever!”

Psalm. 72:15. This is one of the Messianic psalms, (speaks of Jesus.) It calls us to daily praise and worship, not just Sunday.

7. Daily exhortation

Stir each other to enthusiasm and a partaking in the life of the saints. DAILY. To exhort = to stir up

Heb. 3:13. But exhort one another daily while it is still called today lest any of you be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.

As we go out from being alone in the presence of God to walk with Him in the world keep in mind:

And DAILY in the temple and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ. Acts. 5:42.