Prayer and Worship

Prayer is essential in a Christian’s life. Without prayer, it becomes empty with no connection to God. Prayer and worship are closely knit. They are inseparable. Worship is a prayer. Prayer is an act worship. It is possible to have one without the other, but they both quickly become lacking in depth when on their own. Worship quickly becomes about things it truly isn’t meant to be, and prayer turns into an empty routine.

Although we often don’t want to admit this, we have a tendency to view prayer as the currency for God’s vending machine. If we put the right amount of money in, press the right buttons then we can get whatever we want. Maybe we’ll even get some change back too. This isn’t the Biblical understanding of prayer, and it certainly is not the model Jesus showed us. When Jesus taught his disciples to pray, He gave them the Our Father prayer which is found in Matthew 6:9-13 (NRSV)
 
9 “Pray then in this way:
Our Father in heaven,
Hallowed be your name.
10 Your kingdom come.
Your will be done,
On earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us this day our daily bread
12 And forgvie us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 And do not bring us to the time of trial 
but rescue us from the evil one.

 

The whole prayer is about centering ourselves with God’s will. It is about relying on God. What did Jesus teach us about prayer? Prayer is aligning our hearts with God’s own heart. God’s heart is constant, and through prayer, we are reminded our way is not God’s way.

In 1 Thessalonians 5:17, we are told to pray without ceasing. Prayer is a journey we take, and it connects us with God. This is why we are never done praying.

Speaking to His approaching death, Jesus prayed, “My Father, if this cannot pass unless I drink it, your will be done. (Matthew 26:42, NRSV).” Jesus, being fully God and fully man, realized the importance of aligning with God’s heart. Once again, ultimately seeking for our hearts to be aligned with God is what prayer is all about. The end result of prayer and worship ought to bring out less of us and more of God. As we align our hearts with God’s, we are reminded of the other, and we learn to say, “Your will be done not mine.”


One Response to “Prayer and Worship”

  1. Jeanette says:

    Very true

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