When a writer uses the same statement more than once in a text, it usually means we should pay even closer attention to it. Isaiah tells us through divine guidance that we should not desecrate the Sabbath and we should hold fast to Yahweh’s covenant with us. He follows that decree with a call to prayer even reminding us that the temple is “a house of prayer.” When people choose to worship God in a manner that they like or that pleases them, then it is very possible that they will desecrate the Sabbath. God has given us clear instructions on what worship should look like. The Scriptures clearly tell us that worship is about God and not about us. When we make it about us, we desecrate it completely. How can we know when we are not desecrating His house of worship? We know it when prayer is a major part of what we do when we gather to worship corporately. This truth has been lingering on my heart since October. We must learn how to incorporate a time of prayer into our corporate worship services. We do this for several reasons... First, it is commanded and expected by the One we worship. It teaches all the people within our church how to truly pray. It builds our faith corporately as we see God do miraculous works that only He can do. At Faith, we will begin 2020 with a weekend of prayer and fasting and then continue with corporate prayer every Sunday throughout the year. Our Elders believe this is a desperate need in our church and in the kingdom of God. These ideas have been confirmed through the Scriptures, through talks with others, and through books and articles I/we have read recently. Do you take worship seriously? If so, how much prayer is actually involved in the corporate worship service you lead or attend? I believe that the faithful prayer of a local body of believers can truly move mountains. When God starts showing up in big ways, He changes everything! That is my prayer for our worship and for yours.

Help me, Lord, to make corporate worship a priority throughout 2020. Help me to not desecrate Your Sabbath but to keep it holy by making prayer a key component of every corporate worship service.