When we sing or pray (either way we are meditating) one single line — the core of us meets the core of that line. In that moment, a little more of us is exposed to a huge piece of Jesus!
Have you ever been in a worship atmosphere and the worship leader started to sing a single line or maybe two over and over again? Perhaps you have had a day when one line or a few words just tumbled around in your head all day long? Or have you ever just prayed the same thing over and over again?
Joshua 1:8 – Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.
Psalm 1:2 – But they delight in the law of the LORD, meditating on it day and night.
These moments open us up to fresh revelation, fresh experience and encounters, and deeper dwelling with Jesus. They allow us to focus on a small thought instead of a huge paragraph of words. By doing this we are able to really push in worship with God, dive deep into His refreshing Word, or simply just “get it” finally. Really, the things that can happen in worship are endless. To those people who are in “watching mode” it probably seems absurd, dumb, and pointless. To those who allow themselves to just soak in His presence and take in the moment, it’s addicting. When you stop your mind from thinking about the daily to do list and place full focus on Jesus it’s amazing what kind of moments you can have.
I have had moments when Jesus would show me things from my past I needed to deal with and I have had moments where Jesus showed me the future of what I would face. Moments where all I could do was sob because His presence was so strong and moments where all I wanted to do was dance because a spirit of joy was all around. He has shown me things He has wanted me to do, say, and pray in these moments. He has given me visions of what certain parts of Project Genesis will look like, visions of my daughter before she was born, and visions of situations around me I need to pray for. He has shown me His face – that beautiful face – and wrapped His arms around me to console me.
Habakkuk 2:2 says to write the vision down and make it plain for others to run with. This means, write it down, because you or someone else may need that vision one day. I keep a prayer journal of every single thing Jesus shows me, tells me to do and has me pray for specifically. It’s amazing when you go back and read through them the NEW things you will see because now you see multiple events spread out over a large period of time… you see a bigger picture!
He wants to communicate with us but we have to set aside time to talk to Him.
When I began trying to have a better prayer life, I set a timer. Literally. Go ahead and laugh – because I find it humorous as well! Joyce Meyer talks about her hour that she would time so she could tell her “super Christian friends” she prayed for an hour… Oh, how awesome it is not to be bound to a clock! But in the beginning it was what I needed to make myself not give up after 5 short minutes. God met me where I was and as long as I was honestly trying to be better in Him He would pour a little more into me.
Even now, that I am able to pray without a clock and minutes feel like seconds, some of my favorite moments with God are the one line worship songs. When I am singing those, I am able to focus on Him the best. When I focus on Him the best I can, is when I feel the Holy Spirit come upon me. When the Holy Spirit comes upon me, well… All I can say is being drunk in the spirit is a very, very, VERY real thing. I heard it so eloquently put this past weekend that “God knows we need pleasure in our flesh, so we can be drunk in the Holy Spirit!” It was a great laugh but a true statement all the same.
Romans 8:5 – For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit.
Ephesians 5:18 – And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit,
1 Corinthians 12:13 – For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit.
EXTRA: I challenge you to pray, use this video or your own music, but press in. Press deep.