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Musical Communication

Ephesians 5:15-20

Verse 20  …always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

    We have talked about various aspects of prayer but we will finish out our week about communication with something which we may not have thought about as wartime communications.  Our passage today talks about singing together.  This isn’t something unfamiliar to us as we sing together every week in church, but sadly we may not see it as praying together.

 

    There are many hymns we sing regularly which are really prayers set to music just as the Psalms were centuries ago.  David knew the connection with the Lord which came from singing the prayer which was on his heart.  Whether in times of fear as he ran from those trying to kill him or when he saw God’s hand in various aspects of his life, he turned to God in songs and spoke of all the things going on in his heart.

 

    We sing songs of thankfulness, praise, heartache and submission because we know God alone deserves each prayer of our heart.  He alone is worthy of our thankfulness and praise and there is no one except Him who can handle the hurts of our hearts.  He alone deserves our absolute submission in every aspect of life.  And the amazing thing about all of this is He wants to hear all those things from us because He loves us like no other.

 

    We may think music is a strange form of army communication but there is something about joining our voices together which is encouraging, it is like we are saying we aren’t in this alone.  Like an army marching along to a chant to remain in step, we can sing prayers of God and His faithfulness remembering to stay in step with Him and each other.

 

    Singing together requires all staying on the same portion of the music.  We can’t sing different measures or lines of music and stay in unison.  The same is true in the army of God, we can’t go about doing our own thing, marching to our own drum because being in this army isn’t about us, it is all about Jesus.  When we say, “in Jesus’ name, amen” we aren’t saying it as a magic formula, it is saying we are praying with His will and way in mind with all thankfulness for all He has done, is doing and will do.  It is showing we are praying with Him in mind, not ourselves.

 

Making It Personal

    Have you ever thought about singing as praying?  Which song is the prayer of your heart today?  How could focusing more on what you are singing help you use songs as prayer?

 

Making It Personal Kids

    Do you know a song which sounds like a prayer?  How can singing together be like praying together?  Have you ever tried singing your prayer to Jesus?

 

Closing Prayer

    Father, thank You for creating the musical style of prayer.  Give us hearts which really focus on the prayer we are singing together.  In Jesus’ name, amen.

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