Pentecost Prayer

The Power of Worship

This devotional is written by Maddie Bowe.

Acts 2:47

The Fellowship of the Believers

42 They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43 Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. 44 All the believers were together and had everything in common. 45 They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. 46 Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, 47 praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.

Reflection

Together:

There's something about being in a collective group worshipping God that changes the atmosphere. When sing out these songs that state who He is, how much we love Him, what He's done for us, and of our eternal relationship with Him.. we're singing divine truth. It changes the atmosphere in and around us because we're realigning with truth and giving permission for the divine truth to do His work.

I love that this verse references these worshipful people being in favour and goodwill with all the people. You can't be disagreeable with one another when you've worshipped. Do you think us worship leaders don't have off days? TRUST ME WE DO. I've had days where the last thing I want to do is lead you in worship. I'm sure there may have been times where someone I've had a falling out with felt that the last thing they wanted that Sunday was to have me lead them in worship! Maybe you've attended a prayer meeting and the first thing you've thought is "ugh.. so and so is here". But the thing is, when we worship.. it's like we recalibrate. Suddenly everything is put into perspective and we become one family again as children of God.

Individually:

The purpose of worship first and foremost is to lift God up in thought and word and song. Yet we reap the benefits in ourselves, in our lives, and therefore relationships (especially our relationship with God). When we worship, we enthrone God rightfully in our thoughts and words and actions.
This enables us to come closer.

Think of the woman with the alabaster jar. She poured out her costly perfume on Jesus, spent all she had knowing who Jesus is and what He was about to do. She bowed low, wept, gave Him everything and didn't care for what people around her thought of this display. Not only did she reap the benefits of eternal life and the forgiveness of sins.. but she walked away that day smelling of the costly perfume she poured out on Him.

Worship is a beautiful scent. As we release it and let it rise, it covers us.


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