Have you ever noticed a man taking his hat off , before he prays the blessing for a meal? or before prayer of any kind? In case you did not realize it; this is based upon a spiritual truth in the Holy Bible.
First Corinthians 11:4, “Every man praying or prophesying, having his head covered, dishonors his head.”
Notice, if the man is praying or prophesying with his head covered; he brings dishonor to his head. First Corinthians 11:4 clearly states, that Christ is the head of the man. OBVIOUSLY, Almighty God is telling us, that if a man is praying or prophesying with his head covered, then he is bringing dishonor upon Christ Himself.
It is exact opposite for women. Women who pray or prophesy without their head covered, dishonor their head. The woman’s head is the man; therefore, a woman who prays or prophesies without her head covered, brings dishonor onto her man. If she is married, then she is treating her husband dishonorably every time she prays or prophesies without her head covered. If she has never married, then she is bringing dishonor upon her dad. These are Almighty God’s words.
First Corinthians 11:5, “But every woman that prays or prophesies with her head uncovered dishonors her head . . .”
First Corinthians 11:15, “But if a woman have long hair, it is a glory to her, for her hair is given her for a covering.” A woman’s long hair is her natural God-given head covering.
What if a woman has a medical condition causing her to have short hair? Good question. She may put on a long scarf or shawl over her head and around her shoulders. This also satisfies our Lord’s commandment for a woman to pray with her head covered. The word covering in the text means: something thrown around one; that is, a mantle, veil: – covering, vesture.
I can almost hear people saying, “Mickey, you are a male-chauvinist.”
Hmmm. Whoever would say such a thing should first read First Corinthians 14:37, for I am merely repeating the commandments of our Lord.
First Corinthians 14:37, “If any man think himself to be a prophet or spiritual, let him acknowledge, that the things that I write unto you are the commandments of the Lord.”
I can almost hear some people saying, “But Mickey, those things were written to the people at Corinth way back when. Let the record be set straight upon this subject by reading First Corinthians 1:2.
First Corinthians 1:2, “Unto the Church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ out Lord, both theirs and ours.”
Question: Are you sanctified in Christ Jesus? Are you called to be a saint? Do you call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord? Do you live some place?
Answer: If you are a Christian, then all of the Book of First Corinthians applies to you and me, regardless of where we live.
You may ask, “But I don’t get it. Why would this be a requirement of Almighty God?”
It has to do with authority and the proper way to approach Almighty God. Do you remember the story about Esther in the Book of Esther? No one was allowed to approach the king in the inner court without being called there, on pain of death. Anyone who went into the inner court without being summoned would be put to death, except in the case, that the king should hold out his golden scepter, that he may live.
YaHshua Jesus is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. There is no greater king than our God. Almighty God has proper protocols for approaching Him. One of these protocols has to do with acknowledging to the Almighty your proper place before Him. A man may approach the Almighty in prayer, IF, his head is uncovered. (i.e. take off hat, turban, helmet, not have long hair. Yes, it is a shame for a man to have long hair First Corinthians 11:14). This demonstrates, that a man’s authority is Christ. A woman may approach Almighty God, IF, her head is covered (this demonstrates, that her head is her husband or is her dad if she is unmarried).
You may say, “This is ridiculous!”
Careful. This is NOT ridiculous, because it is a commandment of our Lord. What part of the WORD may we disregard? Could it be, that many prayers are not answered because of our careless disregard for this principle of Almighty God? Ladies and gentlemen: proceed with caution and do not set yourself up for failure.