Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Harold Best on Ceaseless Worship and Prayer

Romans 12:1-2 reads like this from the NIV:
1Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship. 2Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

I'm almost through with part 1 of Harold Best's Unceasing Worship: Biblical Perspectives on Worship and the Arts. As I have written before, the depth of thought in Best's writing makes me feel like a babbling idiot. I can wrap my brain around some of it, but there is so much more there than I can comprehend. What I can comprehend, though, challenges me deeply. This morning it was this:
Lives of continued worship cannot but be lives of continued prayer, since continuing worship is itself a continued and continuously varied conversation with the One who lives within us. It should be an unbroken continuum, a breathing in and out, a full articulation of all that we are in Christ throughout all our days. Living in Spirit and truth, walking the course of my days in the beauty of holiness, undertaking every action as a living sacrifice is, in its way, conversation with the Almighty. So this question comes to me: As I think of the mix of things that comprise my day, can I truthfully and unabashedly say that any one of them is in itself a prayer, another way of saying, "My Lord and my God"?

That's enough to think about for now.


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