One of the foundations of the house of prayer movement is harp and bowl prayer. What is this and why do we do it?
The reference is taken from Revelation 5:6-8 “Then I saw a Lamb, looking as if it had been slain, standing at the center of the throne, encircled by the four living creatures and the elders… the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb. Each one had a harp and they were holding golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of God’s people.”
From this Scripture, we understand the incense to be the prayers of the saints and the harp representing worship. Harp and Bowl prayer is simply the combination of worship and prayer. I love the flow between the two and it makes prayer much more enjoyable. Adding musical worship to prayer enhances the experience and enforces the prayers with praise, thanksgiving and declarative song.
In the past, the typical prayer meeting consisted of what we like to call “rock pile prayers” (We’ll look at this next week) where one person after another pray longish prayers. Adding worship and shorter, theme-based prayer increases attention and focus and makes the prayer meeting actually enjoyable for a wider range of people. God didn’t intend for us to “gut it out for His glory” by enduring what seems lengthy, boring prayer to many. Prayer is based on relationship, not how long we can pray. In future blogs, we will look at four different types of intercessors and why understanding their strengths and weakness can help to increase participation and attendance at the prayer meeting.
If you don’t already, try adding worship to your prayer times. You can use it as background music turned down low or alternate times of worship and prayer. Tune into www.ihopkc.org and notice how worship and prayer is weaved together to form a beautiful symphony of prayer and praise. For some awesome soaking music, check out Kimberly and Alberto Rivera: http://kimberlyandalbertorivera.com