“Whenever the living creatures give glory, honour and thanks to him who sits on the throne and who lives for ever and ever, the twenty-four elders fall down before him who sits on the throne and worship him who lives for ever and ever. They lay their crowns before the throne and say:
‘You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honour and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being.’” – Revelation 4:9-11
“Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all that is in them, saying:
‘To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and honour and glory and power, for ever and ever!’” – Revelation 5:13
A Thought for the Day
What an incredible scene that John paints for us here. As John describes the environment of God’s rule in Revelation chapter 4 he shows us a group of “living creatures” that are declaring God’s holiness and eternal nature. This is what all creation does: all of creation, in its very existence, declares the holy (unique, set apart) and eternal nature of God. Today, as you pray for your five, join in with all creation in praising God for who he is.
But John’s painting doesn’t end there, it moves on to the “twenty-four elders” who are also worshipping God in the environment of God’s rule. However, notice how their worship is different. They don’t just declare that God is worthy, but they also declare why God is worthy. This is what sets mankind apart from all the rest of creation; when we worship God, we say why. Today, as you pray for your five, take your place as a part of God’s creation made in his image, and declare why God is worthy to be worshipped by all.
As we continue to journey through Revelation, John continues to reveal why God is so worthy of our worship. In chapter five John adds to God’s qualifications for worship as creator the reality of redemption through Jesus’s sacrifice. “Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain” rings out in worship. This reason for worship is so great, it leads John to declare that “every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea” will worship God and Jesus for who they are and for what they have done. Take a moment to soak in the reality of this prophetic word: every creature.
This is why we worship, because God, through Jesus, has purchased “persons from every tribe and language and people and nation” to be his kingdom. Such is the glory and majesty and mercy of our God, no tribe or language or people or nation will be left out or excluded; we all make up his kingdom.
So too, this is why we get on our knees and pray for our five again today. We pray for them believing that they are included in “every creature under heaven…” and will one day give thanks to God for all that he is and all that he has done. We pray for them believing they are included in “persons from every tribe…” and have been purchased through the blood of Jesus, just as we have, to join us as a part of God’s kingdom and God’s priests.
So, as you pray for your five today, pray with the authority of Jesus, acknowledging who God is and what he has already accomplished for them through Jesus. Pray for their salvation and rescue to come quickly, knowing that the reality of their salvation through Jesus is why God is so worthy of our praise.
Praying for your Five:
“Heavenly Father, all glory and honour and power and praise truly do belong to you! You created [say the names of your five here] and have purchased them through the blood of Jesus to join me in your kingdom and serve alongside me as your priests. May it be so! In the name of Jesus, be faithful to finish the work you have started and bring them into the fulfilment of what you accomplished through Jesus by birthing faith in them today, by granting them your Holy Spirit and his assurance of their place in your family, and by enabling their voices to join with ours in worshipping you for who you are and what you have done. Amen.”
Praying Something Old
Here is a portion of a prayer attributed to Anselm of Canterbury in the 11th century AD. Make it your prayer today, and then pray these truths over your five as well.
Lord, because you have made me, I owe you the whole of my love; because you have redeemed me, I owe you the whole of myself; because you have promised so much, I owe you my whole being.
Moreover, I owe you as much more love than myself as you are greater than I, for whom you gave yourself and to whom you promised yourself.
I pray you, Lord, make me taste by love what I taste by knowledge; let me know by love what I know by understanding.
I owe you more than my whole self, but I have no more, and by myself I cannot render the whole of it to you.
Draw me to you, Lord, in the fullness of your love. I am wholly yours by creation; make me all yours, too, in love.
Praying Something New
Find time to go for a walk today, somewhere nearby to where you live. Worship God for the creation you see and ask him to fill your heart and mouth with its praises, and then let those praise out in worship to the God of creation.