I have provided scriptural references, where available for some of the popular words used during worship. Here, I want to address the use of Jehovah, Jesus Christ, Holy Michael to begin every prayer.
In civil society, there is what is called “protocol.” When you make a speech, there is an introductory part, which is not part of the speech. But, if you don’t begin with it, you are considered rude. We begin with the highest in rank in the audience and round up with “Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen.” Thereafter, you go into your prepared speech. During that occasion, every speaker repeats the protocol, even if in varying degrees! Do we have a spiritual equivalent? After all, a prayer is a speech to God.
In the Celestial Church of Christ, the Holy Spirit has revealed that the spiritual protocol during our worship consists of “Jehovah, Jesus Christ and Holy Michael.” There is strong scriptural support for this:
(a) Jesus Christ Himself says that “whosoever shall be ashamed of Me and of My words, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed when He shall come in His own glory and in His Father’s and of the holy angels” [Luke 9:26].
(b) Talking of His return, Jesus says “but of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son but the Father” [Mk 13:32].
(c) The risen Christ who appeared to Apostle John in the island of Patmos says, “He that overcometh the same shall be clothed in white raiment and I will not blot his name out of the book of life but I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels” [Rev. 3:5].
(d) Paul writes to Timothy, “I charge thee before God and the Lord Jesus Christ and the elect angels…” [1 Tim. 5:21]. The elect angels, also called archangels are Michael, leader of the warring angels [Dan. 10:10-21; Dan. 12:1; Rev. 12:7], Gabriel, head of the messengers [Dan. 9:21;Lk 1: 11-38], Raphael, head of the helpers and Uriel, head of the angels that minister understanding to believers.
(e) Just as every human being has a guardian angel [Matt. 18:10], so does every church have an assigned angel [Rev. 2: 1, 8, 12, 18]. As a warring church, the guardian angel of the Celestial Church of Christ is Michael.
Just as a speaker is able to use an introductory protocol to draw his audience’s attention, a worshipper can draw God’s attention by using a spiritual protocol. Blind Bartimaeus drew the attention of Jesus, in spite of the great noise, when he addressed Him as “Son of David” [Mk 10:47-49].
JEHOVAH: God the Father, the creator of heaven and earth. Exodus 6:2-3; Psalm 83:18; Isaiah 12:2.
JESUS CHRIST: The author and finishers of our faith. At the name of Jesus Christ every knee shall bow and every tongue shall confess that Jesus is Lord. Hebrew 12:2; Romans 14:9-11.
HOLY MICHAEL: The archangel that fought and prevailed over the devil. The reason he was included in our prayer is to fight against the devil par-adventure he shows his ugly head during prayer. Daniel 10:10-14; Daniel 12:1; Jude 1:9; 1Timothy 5:21; Revelation 12:7-10.
– Femi Eromosele Gabriel Obinyan
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