Thursday, November 13, 2008

A CALL TO WORSHIP & INTERCESSION (The Harp & The Bowl - Revelation 5:8)

WORSHIP is an act and attitude of whole-heartedly offering ourselves to God (Romans 12:1). The Greek word for worship is PROSKUNEO, meaning to kiss like a dog licking his master's hand, to prostrate oneself in reverence and adoration.

INTERCESSION is prayer as a means of asking God day and night (Luke 11:13; 18:8) to release His blessing to touch others for salvation, healing, anointing or other personal needs.
When we incorporate the elements of WORSHIP and INTERCESSSION, we actually create cosmic spiritual effects that are mighty to the pulling down of spiritual strongholds. We have this clear evidence in Acts 16:25 where the prison doors were open and salvation was wrought through the combined effects of prayer and praise of Paul and Silas

Throughout the Bible, expressions of prayer and worship continually appear together. In the New Testament, those who made requests of God often came worshipping (Matthew 8:2; 9:18; 15:25, Phiippians 4:6). We are familiar with the passage in 2 Peter 2:9 that we are called to be a royal priesthood and as priests, we have two primary responsibilities as may be seen in Hebrews 5:1 "For every high priest chosen as he is among men is appointed to represent people in matters pertaining to God, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins."

1) To represent men in matters relating to God - speaks of intercession

2) To offer gifts and sacrifices - speaks of worship

Today, God is searching for both Worshipping Intercessors and interceding Worshippers. But sad to say, we are witnessing a great imbalance with many celebrations in praise and worship, pageantry and dance without significant time given to prayer and intercession. True worship comes from a relationship of love with the Father and prayer expresses that relationship because it is communion and devotion.

We find that in heaven, which is the true tabernacle, is one great worship service where there is offering of unceasing worship (Revelation 4:8; 7:15) and intercession (Revelation 8:3-5). In Revelation 5:8, we read: "When He took the scroll, the four living beings and the twenty-four elders fall down before the Lamb, each of them having a HARP and holding golden BOWLS full of incense which are the prayers of the saints."

The HARP represents Worship and the BOWL represents Intercession.

In the Holy of Holies, there is one piece of tabernacle furniture that is nearest to His presence - the Golden Altar of Incense where continual Worship and Intercession is offered up to God. The time of incense has come: God is raising prophetic worshippers who are willing to let Him ambush and invade their worship service with intercession. In response we will see God's judgement and power released on earth as we stand to minister to Him with the HARP and the BOWL (TPWC's logo).



Anonymous said...

Hmmm.....very deep.

I read an article that is so relevant to this blog.

Worship is the priestly annointing while intercession is the Kingly annointing.

God has given us both and we need to be operating in both.

Love the blog.


Anonymous said...

While I AGREE that in heaven there will be a constant, deep and glorious attitude of worship that will be attested to by all in heaven, I would not call it a constant worship service... a life of worship yes... but honestly I would not want to spend my eternal life in a worship service 24/7 and I really doubt you would..

maurice said...

My church ny the holy spirit just enter into this season

Roland said...

To Anonymous posted Sept 25, 2009--
I cannot imagine any other activity I would rather do 24/7 than worship. And worship in heaven--with Jesus physically present--indescribably awesome. The bible refers to angels that cease not day and night to cry holy, holy is the Lord-this is 24/7 worship. If the angels can do it 24/7, then how much more should we, the saints of the Most High, for whom He died, be able to worship 24/7 (besides, there won't be any time in heaven anyway!!!!) :)Time exists only for us earthlings

Anonymous said...

to anonymous, in heaven, it would be sooo glorious u wont ever, ever want to get away like we do in church. when we hoping the service closes quickly. all u would wanna do is just worship and worship. 2. like a previous comment, there is nothing like 24/7 in heaven. we would be dwelling in eternity which is beyond time..