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).


Saturday, November 01, 2008

Healing During Worship Intercession

This is the testimony by sister Pauline ... during CS Music's team (Singapore Christian Songwriters & Music team) pre-showcase prayer, praise and worship intercession (1 week ago)

My hand is 90% healed today!!! Never had it been healed in such a short span of time especially when the pain paralyzed 80% my right arm yesterday. The slightest movement brings a painful cringe on my body, with a totally distorted face. History of it... it's repetitive stress injury (RSI).

Today I woke up able to move my fingers without pain and I know God is in the process of healing. Tonight when CSMusic met for prayer, I felt that I should take off my hand splint and trust God for healing. As worship was going on, I felt the Holy Spirit prompting me to start flexing my wrist and rotate my arm gently. As I was doing it, the pain gradually decreased to a point whereby I could do most movements without much pain. At the end of it, they laid hands on my right wrist and prayed. I was able to play the guitar after that! By that time I knew it was 80% healed! I am trusting for 100% healing now. *

Just some background... there was a period when the pain lasted for almost a year, at times worse than yesterday, on better days I could move it but not without much struggle. Stopped playing the piano/keys during that time, tinkle a little on good days, but couldn't really play... the rate at which it healed is a miracle! Praise the LORD!! And all the saints who prayed for me...


* Note : sister Pauline's hand has been completely healed! \0/\0/\0/
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