Wednesday, January 21st
I will climb up to my watchtower and stand at my guardpost. There I will wait to see what the Lord says and how he will answer my complaint. Habbakuk 2:1
Now there were at Antioch, in the church that was there, prophets and teachers: Barnabas, and Simeon who was called Niger, and Lucius of Cyrene, and Manaen who had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch, and Saul. While they were ministering to the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” Then, when they had fasted and prayed and laid their hands on them, they sent them away. Acts 13:1-3
Habbakuk speaks of waiting to see what the Lord says. It turns out that the men in Acts 13 were doing the same thing. The Acts passage uses the phrase "ministering to the Lord." Understanding the significance of this phrase will further help us with getting prayer right. In both passages those who are praying, want God to do something for them. Our primary focuse must not be on what we want God to do for us and that is where "ministering to the Lord" fits in. How easily we put our focus on God ministering to us. What is it that ministers to the Lord? God is ministered to when we take our proper place before him in prayer. God does not exist for us but we exist for him. This means that when we pray we start off something like this: Lord, I come before you for your sake. I am here for you. I bow before you in worship and adoration. I am before you for whatever you want. I magnify and exalt your name. You are wonderful, mighty, and magnificent. I take my proper place before you as your creature who exists for you my Creator, a sheep who exists for you my Shepherd.
When we come to God in this way we are coming to him empty of ourselves and amazing things can happen. God as the Creator loves to take care of his creation. God as the Shepherd loves to take care of his sheep. God loves to be God to us pouring out himself into our lives. But when we come full of ourselves there is no room for him to fill us up with all he is waiting to bestow on us. Now we don't minister to him in order to be ministered to. If we do we are not really empty of ourselves. But when we freely minister to him by taking our proper place before him in prayer, he freely ministers to us.
Lord, continue to help us get prayer right. Seal these things to our minds and hearts so that they stay clear to us as we go forward. Help us to come to you in these ways. Make our hearts pure and our desires and intentions good. Grant that we become ones who truly minister to you Lord in our daily practice of prayer.
Posted on Wed, January 21, 2015
by Ken Hart