Praying Twice

Do you sometimes whisper quick prayers for assistance ?

Whenever I noticed ‘Linda’ at church, I prayed that God would give me extra focus and concentration.

I was our church’s music director, and led the congregation in singing.

Linda was one of the most enthusiastic singers I had ever met. She was also blessed with an extremely powerful voice. She, however, did not sing in tune. Technically, Linda lacked pitch accuracy.

Whenever I began to play and sing, Linda joyfully joined in.

However, Linda sang ‘her own tune’, and thus I needed true focus and concentration not to start wandering off key myself. Then, there was the morning when Linda’s notes were so different from my own, that for about half a minute, our voices blended together in exquisite harmony !

This is how God hears our voices when we are praising him in song. He does not notice the quality of our voices ; He delights to see the unity that his children show when they praise Him together.

God inhabits the praises of his people. (Psalm 22:3)

Here in NL, congregational singing is still not allowed. Whoever would have thought that group singing could be considered a dangerous activity ?

When covid restrictions are lifted, it will be joyful to once again sing praises to God.

As St. Augustine said : ‘They who sing once pray twice.’

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34 thoughts on “Praying Twice

  1. When they had struck them with many blows, they threw them into prison, commanding the jailer to guard them securely; and he, having received such a command, threw them into the inner prison and fastened their feet in the stocks. Now about midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns of praise to God, and the prisoners were listening to them; and suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened, and everyoneโ€™s chains were unfastened. [Acts 16:23-26]

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    1. I LOVE that story! Also when Jehoshaphat sent out the armies out to battle with the choir in the front to praise the Lord, and their enemies ended up killing each other! (II Chronicles 20) The power of praise to “silence the enemy and the avenger”! (Psalm 8:2)

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  2. Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!ย (Psalm 133:1). Goodbye masks….. Hello togetherness once again. Blessings Always Sally.

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  3. A great post Sally. It reminded me of the Southern Gospel song “Antioch Church House Choir” which I love. I can relate to this, I can’t carry a tune in a bucket! But I love praising God anyway.๐Ÿ˜

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    1. Hi Alan !
      Thanks so much for telling us about the song ‘Antioch Church House Choir’.
      I listened to this just now on Youtube, and I found it so moving.
      For sure, God loves to hear his children praising Him.
      I really appreciate this comment. ๐Ÿค—โš˜

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  4. Your post reminds me of something similar that happened in our congregation. I sing in the choir, and we always keep our eyes and ears open for potential members. One Sunday, as we processed in to the sanctuary (singing the first hymn), I noticed a man on the second rowโ€”singing and praising God with everything he had. โ€œO boy, weโ€™ve found ourselves a new member!โ€ I said to myself. But when I passed by the gentleman, he was singing loudly, but terribly off key. โ€œHow embarrassing.โ€ I thought. I know, that wasnโ€™t very nice of me. And God didnโ€™t think so either. After we got up in the choir loft, the Holy Spirit spoke to my heart, โ€œJust who do you think you are?โ€ He said. โ€œThe worst angel in my heavenly choir can sing circles around you.โ€ โ€œDo you think I want perfect notes? No, I seek perfect hearts.โ€

    If you donโ€™t mind, Sally, Iโ€™d like to develop my story into a postโ€”with a link back to your story โ€” this post.


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    1. Wow, great insight, David. Yes, God seeks perfect hearts, rather than perfect notes.

      Alan Kearns told me about the song ‘Antioch Church House Choir’, and I listened to it on YouTube and found it to be a strong confirmation that God delights in hearing sincere praises in song.
      I look forward to your post – a link back would be great. Thanks ๐Ÿค—โš˜

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  5. When my husband was a youth pastor we had two girls in our group that sang great. A couple of their friends wanted to do solo specials for church but they could not sing a lick. It took some time and gentle talking the two into doing other things in church that they were more gifted in. I know the lord hears the heart but those sitting in a church sitting listen with their ears mostly. I love to sing and use to sing with group, country gospel. I went to solos, singing to sound tracts, when we decided to go overseas and was traveling around to different churches to share. God used the good training I got in the church choir even overseas. I do not have a natural ear for harmony and I know I could be taught but everyone always wanted me to sing lead so solo’s worked great for me. Good post.

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    1. That is wonderful that you shared your music ministry and that you were able to sing in different churches, and overseas as well.

      As you say, sometimes it takes ‘time and gentle talking’ to convince everyone to share their unique gifts in the Church.

      Thanks so much for this comment, Betty.
      Your husband , being a youth pastor, had a wonderful opportunity to share the love of Christ with others. Blessings to you. ๐Ÿค—๐ŸŒผ

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  6. I like the thought of singing being a second prayer. And I do identify with “Linda”. I love to sing but I too have my own tune. I’m thankful his word says to make a joyful noise – even if it’s not joyful to some it is to him.

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  7. Great story! What is going on with WordPress, I have to logon every time I want to make a comment. This is a pain.๐Ÿ˜ฅ Lately I have been only choosing “like” because of having to continually logonand giving my credentials.

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  8. Amen.Thank you very much for sharing such a blesssed post.I also miss my choir in the event of Covid,waiting for the Lord to put things in order once again to sing aloud his praises with the congregation.I have not played since January .God bless.Take care.๐ŸŒน๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ™

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  9. My friends and I have been gathering to sing on my porch, and sometimes the neighbors (a lady from the condos across the street or little kids from next door) come over to listen or to join us. Even though we can sing in church again, for some of us, half a dozen songs on Sunday morning just aren’t enough. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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