What does prayer mean to you?
Langa begins by saying, “As a worshipper, prayer means everything. Prayer is simply communing with God.” In Langa’s life, he believes that if God is his creator, and we are his creation, what gives us life is abiding in the Lord. He says that in order to fully maximise what our calling on earth, we need to receive from Him and draw strength from Him.
How should you pray as a worshipper?
As a worshipper, Langa says that he prays just like any other Christian. He continues by saying, “We should always be mindful of the way we walk and talk and grow as believers. As anyone prays, we meet with God and commune with God.” However, Langa continues by saying that he finds that many people struggle with knowing how to talk to their Creator – they think they need to use big words or be someone they’re not, which isn’t the case.
What happens when prayer and worship come together?
Langa notes that something powerful happens when worship and prayer come together. “There is something special in music and when we sing our prayers to the Lord. It digs into our emotions and minds. The power of music breaks down walls, and when we take that power and marry it with the truth, we begin to declare the truth, we begin to meditate on truth, and we put melodies to the truth. Those melodies will start to ring in our hearts and our spirits. Even after that prayer moment, it is so powerful,” Langa says.
Langa also mentions that there is power when people come together. “It’s one thing to pray individually, but it’s a whole other thing when we come together in one voice, one accord and we’re declaring something. Music can get us all singing together and agree together in song and to the Lord.”
How do we move our society from a place of disharmony to harmony?
Langa says that we’re here to worship God together, it’s not about the individual alone. As soon as we embrace that togetherness, then we can make a better-harmonised sound together. Langa continues by saying that as soon as we begin to understand each other, and we don’t just keep it there, but we filter that sound through Jesus.
I frequently think that when people gather in a corporate setting, some people still think that they are there for themselves. People forget to open their eyes and realise that we have gathered together. You get all these different people from different streams of life and different experiences – like different notes on an instrument. But, when you come together, you become aware that you aren’t just an individual note on a keyboard, but you are there as a piano.”
In looking at God together, Langa believes that we will realise that we all do need Him and that’s one thing that we all have in common – that we need God. When we realise this and carry it in our hearts, something shifts in us and something let’s go and just says Jesus, make an amazing sound with all these different people gathered here.”
How do we live in the tension between harmony and disharmony?
Langa shares that tension is something we as Christians need to get comfortable with. There will always be tensions, and it’s the nature of the world that we live in. “There is always that tension between what is and what is becoming,” says Langa.
“People generally expect healing to happen now,” says Langa. However, there is almost always a journey that comes with healing and restoration. “We need to be those people who embrace endurance. That is a key thing that’s missing in church culture these days – the idea of enduring, which is supposed to be a fruit of the spirit. God works with you until He’s done. God works in seasons, and we need to adopt that mentality of endurance,” says Langa.
How have you experienced in Harmonie?
Langa concludes by saying, “Places like in Harmonie are quite remarkable. There is a diversity that exists here. In our culture, we are taught to do things in a very specific way that doesn’t always line up with how God does things. God is multifaceted; God is diverse. We are so diverse because we are created in his image and represent God collectively. That is something so precious that I experienced at in Harmonie, just realising that there are so many different ways to approach God.”