“But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship Him.God is a Spirit: and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in Truth.” John 4:23-24.
As the Holy Spirit moves upon our spirit, as He quickens our spirit, we worship the Lord in spirit. No where in Scripture does it talk about New Testament Saints wearing prayer shawls or yamakas. So you don’t think it is a sin to wear your prayer shawl? Cain didn’t think his sacrifice was sinful either. What does a prayer shawl or yamaka do? Are they worn to show reverence to God? So when they are worn, is God reverenced more? In other words, the fact that I don’t wear one, do those that do reverence the Lord more than myself and others?
Whatever is not of faith is sin. Jesus said “If ye shall ask any thing in My name, I will do it.” John 14:14. The Lord did not say in a prayer shawl and yamaka, He said in “My name”. I do not say these things to be ugly. I say these things because they are a sin and there are many who are blinded by their prayer shawls leading others straight into a ditch. Whether one says so or not, their faith is placed in those prayer shawls (Cain’s sacrifice) to show reverence to the Lord in the flesh for show among men and not in God’s Sacrificial Lamb, Jesus Christ. If we want to reverence our Holy God, we are obedient to His Holy Word by walking in the faith of His Son to enter into the Throne Room of God. The prayer shawls and yamakas are not entering the Throne Room of God through faith in Jesus and His finished work on Calvary’s Cross, they are adding a ritual to what Jesus did on the Cross.
If I am wrong (which I am not), and your faith is not in the prayer shawls and yamakas, when you go to church this weekend forsake your prayer shawl and worship the Lord Jesus Christ in spirit and in Truth…in HIS name, not in your prayer shawl. See? Your faith is in your prayer shawl and yamaka.
“And the Lord said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen? If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him.” Genesis 4:6-7.
The Sacrifice Jesus made on Calvary’s Cross for whosoever will accept Him as their Lord and Saviour is still available. Faith in Jesus’ finished work is the only Sacrifice God will accept. Belittling the Cross of Jesus by adorning faith with prayer shawls and yamacas to enter into the presence of God is not reverencing God but in fact, rejecting Jesus’…it is Cain’s sacrifice. Repent. “If thou do well, shalt thou not be accepted?” Genesis 4:7.
-Donna Clark Warren