Do We Practice…?
(Sort of a continuation of the front page article from two weeks ago. - TN)
I have a lesson I sometimes preach from flannel cards titled, “Do We Practice What We Sing?” In the presentation of this lesson I have picked some of the songs most frequently used in our assemblies and call the audience’s attention to what we are actually singing as we pay close attention to the “words” of those songs. Try it sometime and see how troubled it makes your soul!
I also have a flannel card lesson titled, “Do We Practice What We Pray?” In this lesson I take the type of prayers we frequently hear worded in our worship assemblies and drive home the point that we pray for the sick, and then often the person so praying doesn't visit them. We pray for the lost and then do little or nothing to try and reach them. We thank the Lord for the opportunities to assemble without being molested, and the person praying often misses the Lord's day evening and Wednesday evening assemblies without excuse.
You get the point I’m sure. I suggest that more attention needs to be given to “the songs we sing” and “the prayers we pray” to be sure we are practicing what we sing as well as what we pray!
Editor’s note — Take the time to flip through a song book and notice some of the great promises, requests, and statements that we make in our songs. Focus on all the songs we will be singing Friday night. Do we really mean what we are telling God and those around us?
Do you always live according to what you pray? Do you do your part to bring about the outcome for which you pray? Are you prepared when God does His part to answer your prayers?
Nearly all of us would greatly improve our lives if we always lived up to what we sing and pray. Sometimes it is a challenge to simply stay focused on the words we are singing and praying. It is even more of a challenge to always live up to those words. Are we practicing what we sing and pray?
“What is the conclusion then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will also pray with the understanding. I will sing with the spirit, and I will also sing with the understanding” (1 Cor. 14:15).