Praying in Worship
by Dr. Dan Sharp, Minister of Worship
We read in the book of Hebrews among other places, that Jesus is our High Priest and that He intercedes on our behalf before the Father. One of the functions of a priest is to be a kind of “bridge.” The priest connects two separated entities.
How does this actually work? As priest, Jesus “takes what is ours (our broken lives and unworthy prayers), sanctifies them, offers them without spot or wrinkle to the Father, and gives it back to us, that we might 'feed' upon Him in thanksgiving." He is our connection, our only connection with the Father. He takes our prayers and makes them His prayers, and He makes His prayers our prayers, and we know our prayers are heard “for Jesus’ sake.” (Which is why we are to pray “in Jesus’ name.”)
Likewise as priest, Jesus also leads our worship. Similar to the ways in which Old Testament priests led the actions of worship at the tabernacle and the temple, Jesus also leads our worship. Our resurrected Lord now functions as our true Worship Leader. “This is the worship which God has provided for humanity, and which alone is acceptable to God.”
– Some thoughts taken from Constance Cherry, The Worship Architect, p. 29-30 and James B. Torrance, Worship, Community, and the Triune God of Grace, p.14-15.