One of the most impactful things that i have heard recently was at the Onething Conference in Kansas City during the break between Christmas and New Year’s Eve. The speaker that had me really thinking was Alan Hood, and the message he gave was called Unceasing Adoration.
Hood mentions in the message that he has been approached by different individuals at different times and they have asked him the question, “Is night and day prayer and worship really necessary?” Hood states that when asked this question he responds with, “No, it’s not necessary. It’s a privilege.”
Have you ever thought of worship and prayer this way?
Hood then creates a scenerio to think about, to put this into perspective: How do you think the Living Creatures and the Seraphim would respond to the question, “Is night and day prayer and worship really necessary?” Revelation 4 & 5 talk about the Living Creatures and the Elders surrounding the throne, singing praises to God continuously. Not only are they singing praises, they are singing the same song. Over and over and over and over again. Hood describes a point in his life as he meditated over the passages in Revelation 4 & 5 and God revealed to him, “Alan, no one makes them stay!”
I’ve been thinking about this message a lot since i first heard it. I’ve listened to it a couple of times since then and can’t get enough of it.
You see, when we think about continuous night and day prayer and worship before God we often think about how many hours that might take up in our schedule every week. And besides, 24/7 – 365 days a year is a lot. Right? Or is it?
The thing that Hood said that challenged me the most is this: “24/7 – 365 days a year is a restraint. If we could, we should be worshiping 25/8 – 369.”
So the question is: How can i squeeze another minute of worship and prayer out of my day?