THE SERVANT GENERAL
BEFORE THE KING OF KINGS
Lord is king forever”
Jesus is the King of kings, and we are his subjects.
When we in CFC-FFL worship, the situation is similar
to a people coming before their king. What happens
during the time of worship can be described and understood
in terms of a sequence of events in such a scenario.
people are invited to have an audience with the king.
The king wishes to be accessible to his subjects.
He meets with them regularly, speaking and listening
CFC-FFL, we have our weekly household meetings and
monthly prayer assemblies, as well as other times
when we worship. We are a people who have been invited
to enter into the presence of our King, so that He
might interact with us.
Pastoral note: We need to realize what a great privilege
it is to be invited into the presence of the King
of kings. As such, we should prepare ourselves spiritually
whenever we have these blessed times.
people enter into the throne room of the king.
The people assemble prior to the arrival of the king
and are ushered into his throne room.
In CFC-FFL, we should be seated prior to the announced
time of the start of the prayer assembly. When alerted
by the prayer leader as to the imminent start of the
assembly, all conversation and moving around should
Pastoral note: People should not be late in arriving,
since it would be a big insult to arrive after the
king. In addition, the people should look forward
to what is to happen with excitement and anticipation.
leader exhorts the people to welcome the king upon
It is the leader’s task to prepare the people
for the arrival of the king. In a way, he is the cheer
leader who hypes up anticipation and excitement for
the king’s arrival.
In CFC-FFL, this is the nature of the opening remarks
of the prayer leader. It is an exhortation to worship.
Pastoral note: The prayer leader is not there to give
a talk or to do a sharing or to tell stories, unless
these are necessary in his task of exhorting to worship.
The exhortation is normally short, because it is just
an introduction to the main event.
the arrival of the king, all stand. At this point,
the people either praise or sing a song. As the king
enters his throne room, the people continue to sing
When the king arrives, the people stand, as a show
of respect and giving honor. Then they burst out in
greetings of joy through shouting and singing. They
cannot contain their excitement. They wave and clap
their hands, they cry out in loud voices.
In CFC-FFL, we normally sing two praise songs followed
by simultaneous praising. The brethren, in jubilation,
raise hands and shout and clap and dance.
Pastoral note: By the very nature of the situation,
the worship songs should be fast. The mood is joyful
and exuberant. There is no room for inhibition.
the king reaches and mounts his throne, the exuberance
gives way to a more subdued and solemn adoration.
The people have been exuberant as the king walked
to his throne. Now having reached his throne, he turns
to face the people, and they become subdued, bowing
their heads and even kneeling.
In CFC-FFL, we sing our worship song, followed by
singing in tongues.
Pastoral note: When we sing in tongues, our “spirit
is at prayer” (1 Cor 14:14). After interacting
with the King with our mind and our body, now we enter
into intimacy with Him with our spirit.
people fall silent before the king, waiting for him
There is now total silence in the throne room, as
the people await the king’s words.
In CFC-FFL, the singing in tongues is followed by
a period of silence. The brethren are connected to
the King in spirit. All await His words.
Pastoral note: This is a time to listen to God in
our hearts. He will speak to each one of us. And if
His word is not just for us but for the others as
well, we should be open to being used by God as His
mouthpiece in speaking to His people.
The king uses this time to speak to his people. At
times he commends them, at times he chastises them,
at times he directs them, but at all times he encourages
them and expresses his love and care.
In CFC-FFL, God speaks through prophecy or inspired
Pastoral note: We should listen attentively to such
words spoken, while at the same time being discerning
whether the words are truly from God.
people, individually or through the leader, respond.
Now it is the people’s turn to be heard. This
is their audience with the king. They either express
their admiration for the king, beg his indulgence
for shortcomings, give thanks for some favor or good
done for them, or place their requests before him.
In CFC-FFL, these are the prayers of adoration, repentance,
thanksgiving and petition. In a prayer assembly, this
is done by the prayer leader. In a household meeting,
these prayers are done by the individual members.
Pastoral note: Because we are one body, we make everyone’s
prayer our own by some verbal affirmation, such as
saying “Amen” or “Yes, Lord”
or some other.
leader speaks the final word on behalf of the people.
Knowing that the time of audience is ending, the leader
makes the closing remarks.
In CFC-FFL, this is the ending prayer done by the
prayer leader. He may also include a closing communal
prayer, such as the Lord’s Prayer or the Glory
king dismisses the people and leaves the throne room.
Once again the people are on their feet with great
joy, having spent such a privileged time with the
king. Once again they are exuberant in their praise
of their king who is exiting from the assembly.
In CFC-FFL, we usually have, in a prayer assembly,
an exuberant closing song, followed by a big round
of applause at the end.
Pastoral note: For this closing song, it is very appropriate
to sing songs that reflect on our being sent off on
our mission after our time with our God. This might
be about our worldwide mission (e.g., Shine Jesus
Shine) or our being an army (e.g., We Will Fight)
or the like.
1. When we worship, we are a people led by the Spirit
of God. Thus, while the above describes well what
is happening during the time of worship, the sequence
and activities will not necessarily be similar all
the time. For example, the Lord might speak through
prophecy at different times during a household meeting,
or the congregation might be led to kneel in repentance.
2. In a prayer assembly, the dismissal and closing
song happen not after the time of worship but at
the end of the whole prayer meeting. Between the
worship time and the closing are the sharings, prayers
of intercession, announcements, etc.
(Note: I have slightly rehashed what I first wrote
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