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How Important is Worship
12/11/2020 9:45:00 AM by: Zachary J. Hunter

How Important is Worship?

By: Zachary Hunter

            Today as I was listening to some of the prophetic words I find speak to me I was struck by something one of them said.  He claimed that because we dumbed worship down to a 15-minute entertainment segment instead of worshiping until we achieve a breakthrough we don’t see the miracles today that were common in the early church.  That got me thinking because as I read the bible I often wondered why we don’t see things like that anymore.

            I’ve heard some say that its because God has withdrawn himself until the rapture so we will not see miracles.  I’ve also heard using that same logic that we cannot see God and just have to trust in faith that He exists.  I call BS (for you uber Christians out there, don’t look up what that means) because that doesn’t follow scripture.  My first point on that is that God wants an intimate relationship with us, for us to draw closer but how can we do that if He has withdrawn?

            The second point is the fact that He is same today, yesterday and tomorrow.  Hebrews 13: 8, “Jesus, the Messiah, is the same yesterday and today—and forever!”  He did miracles back then and He wants to do them today.  Miracles are very potent, hard to dismiss and are very visible signs of His power and authority.  Final point, John 14:12, “Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.”  I dare someone to tell me that where we’ve been as a Church has been doing greater things that Jesus did.

            Since we clearly are not achieving the heights we used to, and we desire to indeed achieve heights in His name I pondered this prophet’s claim about worship.  At first my thoughts turned to how often people would worship God after He did something amazing and miraculous.  It’s a lot, especially after God delivered the people from destruction at the hands of their enemies.  However, that is after the fact, not before.  What about worship until we achieve a breakthrough?

            My first thought goes out to David, who I believe is living proof of this concept.  Much of the book of Psalms were written by David or he at least had a hand in a lot of them.  David was a worship leader as well as a king and we know that he did many mighty things in the Lord’s name.  He defeated a giant no one else was willing to face, expanded Israel’s borders, enriched the nation and the people.  Even when he was defeated or punished for a sin he had committed, like adultery, he praised the Lord for being good and just.  He would do this and was restored to victory both personal and national. 

            God reminded me of another example; Acts 16:25-26, “About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them.   Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everyone’s chains came loose.”  The prison guard and his whole house came to Christ that night.  In the worst of circumstances Paul and Silas worshipped and suddenly everything turned on its head.  Worship to a breakthrough. 

            It also says in Acts that the Disciples and other believes praised the Lord every day and every day He increased their numbers.  Through constant praise they achieved the breakthrough of being able to reach others for Christ.  Can we truly say the same?  Let me end by saying this; Praise is essential.  We should do it every day to maintain a grateful heart and be thankful for what we have.  It is through praise that we thank God for His provision in our lives for He gives us all things.  After thinking through the examples of the Bible, I now believe that praise is also necessary for breakthrough; in our lives and in our ability to bring His kingdom to the Earth.

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