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This morning my conversation is with the Holy Spirit (yes I believe there is a two way conversation that happens and no, there’s not necessarily a voice so I don’t need therapy (see Joy Behar)). The reality is, we’ve wandered away from one of the key topics of this blog, prayer. After all, the title does state our two desires, seek and pray. We do a lot of seeking, let’s spend a few days talking about prayer.

First, let’s talk about what prayer is. The Greek word we get it from is παράκληση (prosefchi) meaning request, solicitation, prayer, entreaty, invocation, or rogation. Thank you Google Translate for this information.

It is my view that we can see an evolution of prayer in the Old Testament until we get to Jesus’ teachings. In the beginning, Adam and Eve had a one-on-one face-to-face relationship with their Creator. They had no need to ask for anything, He had already provided. They just walked and talked. Enjoyed the amazing beauty of His work. How cool would that be!!!! Then we manage, as humans do, to screw it up, and bite the wrong thing and run away and hide. We stop talking, stop telling the truth. Until it comes out, either on it’s own or because it’s uncovered some other way; and with discovery comes consequence. We know longer get to talk to God, our friend, Creator, Abba as we had. How now?

Using BibleGateway.com, I discovered the word prayer does not appear in any version of the Bible until Genesis 20:7. While I found this interesting, the behavior of prayer throughout the Old Testament (OT) was the people would take their concerns, requests, and praises to a prophet or priest and with a sacrifice to God he would present it. Conversation was not two way always. Life was legalistic. People were told do this and you will make God happy and He will keep you. Blessedly, David, even before becoming a King, showed us a better way (he’s not the only one, but a prominent one). He sang! He played instruments! He danced! He rejoiced! He wrote poems! He talked with God, seeking answers, expecting to hear Him, faithfully (usually) waiting. The Book of Psalms shares all this with as.

Wait a minute! Sing? Dance? Play music? Rejoice? Isn’t all of the just shameful? Even David’s wife Mical challenges this (2 Samuel 6:20)! David basically tells her to get over herself. The love of God and the thanksgiving of His gifts are something to be celebrated, not hidden. We should be loud about our love of God, not silenced.

I’ll finish today with my two favorite thoughts on prayer. First, there are some awesome music groups out there with great music about prayer. Some of my favorites are Renew Me and The Creed by Avalon, Listen to the Sound by Building 429, and Jesus Take the Wheel by Carrie Underwood. Those are but a few that come to mind quickly. Eden’s Bridge, for KING AND COUNTRY, Mandisa, Mercy Me, and Out of Eden are other groups that have fantastic music for praying!

Psalm 16:1 says, “Protect me, God, for I take refuge in You”. what a declaration! If we can make this statement, then we need to also be able to follow 2 Chronicles 7:14 :

if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. (NIV)

Heavenly Father, hear our cry, we reach out to you now. Let us, as we walk together, learn to talk with you consistently, learn to listen to you, learn to humbly but boldly follow you. Be with us and our loved ones, protecting us from the evils of this world, comforting us in the knowledge that you are carrying us through whatever our journey is. Thank you Father. Amen.


Pitch Perfect

Quick, whose the best singer ever?

Elvis Presley? Ella Fitzgerald? Frank Sinatra? Robert Planet? Aretha Franklin? Peter Gabriel? Miles Davis? Bruno Mars? The argument can go on forever. I mean, what is best? Style? Vocal range? Story telling? Entertainment style?

David is one of my favorites. David, from the bible. I have no idea what kind of voice he had but here’s what I know, he was always rejoicing or making a joyful noise or encouraging others to do the same. He called on people to blow their horns and shake the tambourines, literally and figuratively. Even when he was in his dark days and he struggled to find his way, he continued to make noise, to use this noise to reach others, just read the book of Psalms or the books of Samuel.

Of all his teachings that talk about using music in worship, 2 Samuel 6:22-23 (ESV) tells us how free we should be.

David returned home to bless his family. Michal, Saul’s daughter, came out to greet him: “How wonderfully the king has distinguished himself today—exposing himself to the eyes of the servants’ maids like some burlesque street dancer!” David replied to Michal, “In God’s presence I’ll dance all I want! He chose me over your father and the rest of our family and made me prince over God’s people, over Israel. Oh yes, I’ll dance to God’s glory—more recklessly even than this. And as far as I’m concerned . . . I’ll gladly look like a fool . . . but among these maids you’re so worried about, I’ll be honored no end.”

So what’s my point? Especially if you can’t sing? The point is, sing anyway. We’re all called to make a joyful noise. (ESV)

… let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation! Psalm 95:1
… let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise! Psalm 95:2
Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth; break forth into joyous song and sing praises! Psalm 98:4
With trumpets and the sound of the horn make a joyful noise before the King,  the Lord! Psalm 98:6
Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth! Psalm 100:1

God’s hearing is perfect. His tuning ability, unbeatable. To him, every tone is right on, every tempo is the exact count, every strum has the right capo, and every brass has plenty of air.

God just wants us to give Him our praise, be it by singing, dancing, playing an instrument, clapping, praising, praying or celebrating Him. He wants us to give Him whatever our heart wants us to give Him.

Let each one give [thoughtfully and with purpose] just as he has decided in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver [and delights in the one whose heart is in his gift]. 2 Corinthians 9:7 (AMP)

Praise your God loudly and proudly!

Be blessed.