The Most Important Part of the Worship Service
Posted on April 15, 2019 9:07 AM by Ken Slaughter
Could it really be that the most important part of the worship service is prayer? It is difficult to understand these verses in any other way. Not forgetting the fact that this is the second chapter and not the first. The first chapter stresses the necessity of right teaching. That’s a given. A church with false doctrine is no church at all.
True churches will preach the truth. And when they gather for public worship, the most important part of the worship service is prayer.
“… supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings…” The idea is not to include certain types of prayer and exclude others, rather the idea is to prioritize prayer and plenty of it. Public prayer must be an emphasis in the public worship service.
These prayers are to “be made for all people” . You can’t get any more inclusive than that. There is nobody we should NOT pray for. Paul is emphasizing the local and global (glocal), scope of the church’s influence and work (which flows from the universal scope of the work of Christ Himself).
It is no accident that Paul makes this emphasis
4 times here:
Verse 1 - prayers for ALL people
Verse 4 - God desires ALL people to be saved
Verse 6 - Jesus gave himself as a ransom for ALL
Verse 7 - “Gentiles” means literally ALL the nations or ALL the people groups.
If a church loses its outward reach… caring most about itself and losing its concern for others… that church will find itself disconnected from the persona, purpose and power of Christ.
I invite you to pray about what more we can do to introduce people in our communities (and in Cincinnati) to Jesus. First of all, we should pray. Also check out saturateusa.org
Ken Slaughter serves as CABA's Prayer Encourager and pastors First Baptist, Mt. Repose Baptist Church in Milford, Oh.