We just recently finished 24 hours of non-stop worship this weekend at the missions base. It was incredible. Nine different worship teams from local churches and ministries ministered to the Lord Friday and Saturday as we offered Jesus a 24-hour offering of adoration.
“‘After this I will return and will rebuild the tabernacle of David, which has fallen down; I will rebuild its ruins, and I will set it up…”-Acts 15:16
In Rev. 4-5 we see a glimpse of what happens in Heaven. In the throne-room where God dwells, angels, creatures and elders sing incessantly, “holy, holy, holy is the Lord God almighty” forever.
Beyond the general affirmations of God’s desire to bring Heaven and earth together (Eph 1:10, Col 1:19, Matt 6:10, Luke 11:2-3), God makes it explicit that He desires earthly worship to mimic heavenly worship. In Exodus 24-25 God meets with Moses on Mount Sinai and commissions him to build a temple according to what he saw (Exodus 25:8-9). This as an earthly replica to a heavenly reality (I Chronicles 28:19).
The question what are we created for has stuck with man-kind since the beginning of time. Our obvious meaning for existence is to glorify God. The Westminster Shorter Catechism states it best: “What is the chief end of man?” And, in response, “Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him forever.” They understood that glorifying God and enjoying Him were one in the same. What if enjoying God was the greatest way to glorify Him?
In my own experience, I had previously viewed enjoying God as an added bonus to the true duty of a believer: rigorous obedience to Christian duties (eg. praying, evangelizing, serving), even if those duties are emotionless, loveless. But what does Jesus say? “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word” (Jn. 14:23). Love (delight) and obedience are directly related. Delight is not just a spin-off of obedience to God, but it is part of it. The strongest type of obedience is affection-based obedience.
I’m currently in Boston, MA with 70 students, praying for awakening on the Ivy League campuses. I have always had a great interest in the topic of “awakening” – awakening on the scale of the First and Second Great Awakenings. I am drawn to the writings of the “Awakening Greats” such as Jonathan Edwards, George Whitefield, Charles Finney and the like. There have also been great movements in a our nations history such as Azusa Street and the Healing Revivals of the 50’s, the Jesus Movement where God opened hearts and ushered in awakening and great harvest that interest me.
This weekend we were pleased to have Justin Rizzo from IHOP-KC minister with us to a group of around 200 people. This is a short recap of some of the key moments of the weekend.
On Friday night Justin spoke on the biblical foundations of night and day prayer and the primary purpose of constant worship and prayer being worldwide exaltation of Jesus. He stated that the reason to have night and day prayer in a city isn’t just because it’s ‘cool’ or a neat fad to jump on, but it is because Jesus is completely worthy of constant adoration, as found in Heaven at this moment (Rev. 5:8.) We must have a model of replication of the 24/7 adoration and worship of Jesus in Heaven here on the earth (Matt 6:10.) We are to pray and worship 24/7 simply because Jesus is worthy.