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Today 22nd March 2019 in New Zealand we face an unprecedented event. Our secular government’s call to prayer, is calling our nation to worship the muslim God. Not just a pray to this God, but a pray a prayer of submission and worship.
As Christian I look to scriptures first, then creation (Romans 1:19-20), and civilisation to see God. I want to know truth. And truth by nature stays true and evidences itself over time in how people live together. And Elohim-Yahweh, God, who has revealed himself in creation, through the bible, in Jesus Christ, and to a lessor degree in the history of people and civilisations, is the One True God.
So I cannot pray the muslim call to prayer, as we in New Zealand are being encouraged to do today.
I can observe 2 minutes of silence and can stand holding hands around a mosque, I can respectfully hear a muslim pray. But respect and worship are not the same. Worship is deeply intimate and includes surrender of one to another, and this prayer we are being asked to join with is worship. So, no I won’t pray.
Here’s what’s going on in my heart
Here’s where I am going in my heart in response to this event. I don’t see any need for fear or judgemental ranting. But a need for quiet respectful NOT participating in the submission and worship of the muslim prayer.
What really bothers me, is the quickness of many believers to point fingers and judge. This is serious and sad. I suggest two foundational responses that I think God is in, and even longing for from his church.
One is a heart cry of worship. The raising of a hallelujah. Not as an event, but as way of life. Will we live surrendered to God and lifting our hearts and lives before Him in worship and praise, every day? And then punctuate this continual heart of worship with regular gathering for worship, praising and praying together. Will we let The Holy Spirit lead us into deeper surrender and worship?
Make no mistake. There is a significant struggle in the spiritual realm for the hearts and souls of people. Satan is scheming to deceive us from worshipping Jesus Christ as Lord and God, as the one true God. So we respond to his schemes not with rants but with revived worship. Revival in our hearts that flows into our schedules, so we set time to pause and offer worship and prayer to our God, several times a day.
Regarding the government and others encouraging us to participate in prayer to Allah. I hear the words of Jesus in Luke 23:34 “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do”. Some may know what they are doing. Nevertheless, I’ll keep praying for mercy to triumph over judgement on their behalf.
A second cry in my heart, is why are we the church so weak. Perhaps its the state of faith and prayer in the church that is opening the way for the devils schemes, not the government. We don’t look to the government for spiritual leadership of our nation, it’s not their job. We look to ourselves, the believers in Jesus Christ for spiritual leadership in our nation. I wonder if God is trying to get our attention, to recapture our hearts, to get us listening to his voice and obeying his lead.
Where’s our desire to know God better as our Father and friend, where’s our zeal to be in God’s house, and where’s our hunger for God’s word? When did you last have an extended personal time of worship, meditation on his word, and waiting in his presence? Maybe the first revival is of believers in believing and gathering as the house of God. The sound that becomes a roar requires unity of Spirit and voice, and every Sunday you miss the gathering the sound is one voice and heart weaker. It’s not about what we get out of ‘church’. It’s about the kingdom of God coming on earth as in heaven through his gathered people.
This blog says more on this:
Pruned for more fruit
I’m concerned at the little fruit I see from my life. I want more kingdom of God impact. And I know God wants it to. So Father is leading me to into more severe pruning where less and less really matters. Consequently there is less competition in my life for his presence and word. He calls this ‘purifying unbelief’ from my heart. I’m expecting it to lead to more fruitfulness.
Is there a call of God in the current shakings to lose ourselves in Christ? To seek the pruning work of the Father in our hearts. To grow in living by faith not sight, trust not understanding.
I want to finish with this prayer:
I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith. I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead. Philippians 3:8-11
The answer God has given us is the gospel, knowing Christ. Will you make the above prayer yours? This a call to prayer.
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