Mothers for Prodigals

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Adoration for the Bridegroom

The bride now wears the name of her bridegroom. They belong to each other. While everyone gathers to celebrate with them, the bridegroom takes her hand and pulls her close as they begin to dance together. His eyes lovingly behold his beloved as she gazes up at him with adoration. It’s an enchanting moment, delighting every eye.

We, the Bride of Christ, have been chosen by our Bridegroom to wear His name. He lovingly poured out His life’s blood to cover us with His righteousness. He stretches forth His Hand in adoration, desiring intimacy, a lifelong dance with us. Do we take His Hand and allow Him to guide us? We look forward to the heavenly life with Him, but here on earth do we accept His guidance with adoration and praise? Do we share intimate moments with Him?

Jesus lived on earth demonstating the intimacy God desires with us. Whenever too much clamor and noise surrounded Him and too many demanding people crowded around Him, Jesus often slipped away by Himself to pray to His Heavenly Father. He needed alone time with God. Scripture tells us so. 

Immediately He made the disciples get into the boat and go ahead of Him to the other side, while He sent the crowds away. After He had sent the crowds away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray; and when it was evening, He was there alone.   Matthew 14:22-23 (NASB)
In the early morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house, and went away to a secluded place, and was praying there.  Mark 1:35 (NASB)
But the news about Him was spreading even farther, and large crowds were gathering to hear Him and to be healed of their sicknesses. But Jesus Himself would often slip away to the wilderness and pray.   Luke 5:15-16 (NASB)
It was at this time that He went off to the mountain to pray, and He spent the whole night in prayer to God.  Luke 6:12 (NASB)
Jesus worshiped the Father. They shared a close connection, an intimate union. Private prayer with His Father strengthened Him. If our Bridegroom required power from on high through prayer and worship, then we, His beloved Bride, can’t live with anything less than the adoration and praise of His Name.  
Jesus exemplified worship to His disciples and taught them how to pray. They too required strength and power to live in His Name. After His death and resurrection, the disciples waited together in prayer for power from on high. Again Scripture confirms the truth. 
It happened that while Jesus was praying in a certain place, after He had finished, one of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, teach us to pray just as John also taught his disciples.”  Luke 11:1 (NASB)
They came to a place named Gethsemane; and He said to His disciples, “Sit here until I have prayed.”  Mark 14:32 (NASB)
When they had entered the city, they went up to the upper room where they were staying; that is, Peter and John and James and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon the Zealot, and Judas the son of James. These all with one mind were continually devoting themselves to prayer, along with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with His brothers.  Acts 1:13-14 (NASB)
The early Church continued to grow in intimacy with the Bridegroom through prayer. Paul and the apostles encouraged Christ’s followers to persevere in prayer. The Word confirms their uplifting words for then and now. 
I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always offering prayer with joy in my every prayer for you all, in view of your participation in the gospel from the first day until now. For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.  Phil. 1:4 (NASB)
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.  Phil. 4:6 (NASB)
But you are A CHOSEN RACE, A royal PRIESTHOOD, A HOLY NATION, A PEOPLE FOR God’s OWN POSSESSION, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light..  1 Peter 2:9 (NASB)
The Bride needs to be alone with Her Lover. She longs to know her Bridegroom. She is the true Church and she worships Christ alone and in community. She communes with Him through prayers of adoration, praise, and thanksgiving while He strengthens her. 
“Be still, and know that I am God;
    I will be exalted among the nations,
    I will be exalted in the earth.” 
Psalm 46:10 (NIV)

O Lord, You have searched me and known me.
You know when I sit down and when I rise up;
You understand my thought from afar.
You scrutinize my path and my lying down,
And are intimately acquainted with all my ways.
Even before there is a word on my tongue,
Behold, O Lord, You know it all.
You have enclosed me behind and before,
And laid Your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
It is too high, I cannot attain to it. 

Where can I go from Your Spirit?
Or where can I flee from Your presence?
If I ascend to heaven, You are there;
If I make my bed in Sheol, behold, You are there.
If I take the wings of the dawn,
If I dwell in the remotest part of the sea, 
Even there Your hand will lead me,
And Your right hand will lay hold of me.
  Psalm 139:1-10 (NASB)

I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Wonderful are Your works,
And my soul knows it very well. 

How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God!
How vast is the sum of them!
If I should count them, they would outnumber the sand.
When I awake, I am still with You.

Search me, O God, and know my heart;
Try me and know my anxious thoughts;
And see if there be any hurtful way in me,
And lead me in the everlasting way. 
Psalm 139:14, 17-18, 23-24 (NASB)

The Bride must keep her eyes on the Bridegroom and adoringly worship Him in the spirit of holiness as a community and also alone. His strength will pour into her, enabling her to stand in His righteousness. Their dance will begin on earth and continue forever in heaven. Others will see and desire the love of the Bridegroom.

”Those cannot worship God aright who do not worship Him alone.”  Matthew Henry

“The more a man loves Christ, the more he delights to be with Christ alone.”   Thomas Benton Brooks

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