Saturday, July 16, 2016

Word for the day by Christian Education Forum

Holy Ordination: A Fragrance to Christ
1 Timothy 2:1-13
 

Katherine Philip
St. John’s MTC, NY 

8 I desire, then, that in every place the men should pray, lifting up holy hands without anger or argument;
 
Worshipping God is such an uplifting experience. When we let the Holy Spirit into our hearts, we can feel the Spirit of God in our lives - through all our hardships, pain, and discomfort. There is no wrong way to praise God for all the wonderful blessings He provides, but there are instructions for worship.  We must pray for and give thanksgiving to all those in authority such as priests, teachers, professors, presidents, and prime ministers so that we may live a life free of violence, and we may live a life full of peace and goodness. When we pray for others, it pleases God. God wants everyone to be saved and join them in a life full of knowledge and truth, a life that is eternal. In order for us to be saved from perishing, He sent Jesus Christ to pay a ransom for our sins, because He loves us. Therefore, we must show back our love by worshipping God- lifting our hands up, singing words of praise, and allowing ourselves to experience God’s presence among us. The passage also says for us to dress modestly while worshipping. When we are in front of the Lord, there is no need to impress Him with fancy clothing or jewellery. We should clothe ourselves with good deeds and righteousness. 1 Chronicles 16: 23-25 states: “Sing to the LORD, all the earth; proclaim his salvation day after day. Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples. For great is the LORD and most worthy of praise; he is to be feared above all gods.” It is so important to praise and worship God in the way that is right for Him so that we can show our appreciation for His endless love and goodness to us. We can start by thanking Him for giving us life and the opportunity to learn more about Him in our church community.

PRAYER

Beloved Father, we pray that You accept our prayers and petitions with open arms. We pray that as we worship, You will be there in our midst. Help us to learn more about You and praise You with all our heart, mind, and soul. Thank you for all the blessings You have showered upon us in our lives. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
What are some ways we can  worship and please God in our daily actions?