Thanks to everyone who came to the first FUEL session! A few people have asked for our version of the Tabernacle Prayer Liturgy – here it is. (all credit goes to Pastor Cho) Hope this is helpful.
The priests wash their hands, feet and face in the Laver before going into the holy place. It acts as a mirror. I look at myself in the Laver. Lord, search me, try me, know me completely – reveal the ways within me. I reflect on the the law through the 10 commandments; my compass, my signpost for a life fully lived.
I desire clean hands, a pure heart and a steadfast spirit within me.
Do I worship other gods?
Do I place myself above you? Does how I spend my time and money worship you and you alone? There is only one God in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Forgive me, Lord, for dishonouring you by entertaining other gods.
Do I bow to any idols? Do I pursue other gods – status, titles or career? Do I worship at the feet of graven images of money, power or comfort? Do I depend on image, reputation or influence?
Forgive me, Lord, for dishonouring you by worshipping idols.
Do I call God’s name in vain?
Do I belittle or underestimate the power of your name? Do I misrepresent your name in the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart? Do I reduce many facets of your name by being selective about who you are? Do I dishonour your name in my silence?
Forgive me, Lord, for dishonouring you by taking your name in vain.
Do I honour God by keeping the sabbath holy?
Am I working from a place of rest? Am I bringing my whole tithe to the storehouse? Do I place my vocation above my family?
Forgive me, Lord, for breaking your sabbath command. Teach me your ways.
Do I honour my parents or blame my parents for my problems?
Do I dishonour those you put in authority over me? Do I give weight to their words? Am I influenced by a culture that undermines, gossips and dishonours those in leadership?
Forgive me, Lord, for dishonouring those in authority over me.
Do I kill by hating?
In what ways am I fostering a culture of hate, prejudice and anger in my actions and mindsets? I forgive others right now. I release all offences and repent of words spoken in anger.
Forgive me, Lord, for dishonouring you by agreeing with a culture of death. Help me to align myself with your words of life.
Do I commit adultery or entertain lustful thoughts?
Do I dishonour you by being sexually impure? Do I honour and cherish others, holding them in a place of respect?
Forgive me, Lord, for dishonouring you with unhealthy appetites and the objectification of others. Cleanse me and make me holy. Help me to walk softly before you.
Am I stealing from you, Lord, or anyone?
Am I squandering or misusing the gifts you’ve given me? Is there any dishonesty in my work? Am I taking anything without permissions or bending the rules and boundaries? Have I agreed with a scarcity mindset and abandoned generosity?
Forgive me, Lord, for dishonouring you in my stewardship. For stealing or squandering time, talents or treasures from you. Give me grace to restore what is lost. Give me grace to be a good steward of my wealth, time and body.
Am I witnessing falsely?
Do I acknowledge you with my words, but deny you with my actions? Do I use words to gain standing or benefit for my own ambitions? Do I represent you well in my words?
Forgive me for dishonouring you in my words. Forgive me for believing false ideas and hollow philosophies. Give me grace to be a true witness for Jesus who is the way, the truth and the life.
Am I coveting?
Am I living in a mindset of comparison, coveting other peoples successes, possessions and opportunities? All abundance is from you, Lord.
Forgive me, Lord, for dishonouring you by desiring anything outside of your will for me. Give me grace to trust you and depend on you, my all sufficient one. I take my hands off my time, money and possessions and receive your blessing in your time.
All this happens through the cross and the blood of Jesus Christ. I worship Jesus at the Laver in the Courtyard of the Tabernacle.