“I have called upon thee, for thou wilt hear me, O God: incline thine ear unto me, and hear my speech. Show thy marvelous loving-kindness, O thou that saves by thy right hand them which put their trust in thee from those that rise up against them.” (Psalm 17:6-7).
I have spent many hours in church services of one sort or another and it is the “Invocation” that I so look forward to. The period in traditional Christian church services where the Spirit of God is invited into the sanctuary. It is with childlike anticipation that a sense of expectancy overwhelms me. As a child I was not sure of what was about to happen, years later I came to understand the need to invite the Spirit of God to have a continual presence in my life as well as church service.
The invocation—the act of asking for help from God or a person who has power, is derived from the root word “invoke” to call upon a greater power such as God or a spirit for help. It is wonderfully that we do not have to wait for church service to ask for help or call upon our God. The Spirit of God is omnipresent, here, there, everywhere always waiting for the invitation, the opportunity to co-mingle with us in worship of an Almighty God. His Spirit is gentle and would never bulldozer its way into a worship service or a believer’s life.
I believe the invocation is a link that allows the Spirit of God to connect us with God. It is the hope-filled believer reaching out and a faithful God reaching back across the gulf and abyss that separates us from Him. God is on one side of the gulf and we are on the other, the Spirit is in the middle and cannot and will not complete the link without an invitation. God does not want great men and women for the purpose of doing great things, He want men and women who will dare to prove the greatness of their God.
As we call upon God asking for help let us remember to pray for greater love for the unloved, the work of missions in the uttermost parts of the earth and whatever else is on your heart Think of what He can do, what He has done and how He delights to hear Christ Jesus in you. Expect great things, expect the Spirit to show up and show Himself to and through you. If God has done it before rest assured that He will do it again.
O’Lord God—the Great, the Mighty God, whose name is Jehovah-Sabaoth (the Lord of Hosts). You are great in counsel and mighty in work your eyes are open to all the ways of the sons of men, to give everyone according to their ways and according to the fruit of his doings. Our transgressions are multiplied before You, and our sins testify against us; For our transgressions are with us, And as for our iniquities, we know them.
I will declare Your name to My brethren; That men may know that thou, whose name alone is Jehovah, art the Most High over all the earth. In the midst of the assembly I will praise You. You, who fear the Lord, praise Him! All you descendants of Jacob, glorify Him, and fear Him, all you offspring of Israel! For He has not despised nor abhorred the affliction of the afflicted; nor has He hidden His face from Him; But when He cried to Him, He heard.
Some trust in chariots, and some in horses; But we will remember the name of Jehovah our God. They have bowed down and fallen; But we have risen and stand upright. You are holy, Enthroned in the praises of Israel. Our fathers trusted in You; They trusted, and You delivered them. They cried to You, and were delivered; They trusted in You, and were not ashamed.
Blessed be the Lord, Because He has heard the voice of my supplications! The Lord is my strength and my shield; My heart trusted in Him, and I am helped; Therefore my heart greatly rejoices, And with my song I will praise Him. Jesus said; “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.” Let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us, And establish the work of our hands for us; Yes, establish the work of our hands. Amen.
Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, and our God and Father, who has loved us and given us everlasting consolation and good hope by grace, comfort your hearts and establish you in every good word and work.
Grady Norman Greene, Minister of the Gospel of Jesus Our Christ
- A Prayer of Thanksgiving and Invocation… (beardedhac.wordpress.com)
- The Spirit of God (meexpressed.wordpress.com)
- The Unchanging Christ (samuelatgilgal.wordpress.com)