Prayer is a time to Worship God (Matthew 4:10; 6:9). God made us in His image. He loved us so much even when we were separated from Him ,God still found a way to bring us back to Him through His Son our Lord Jesus Christ ,our Savior, our Messiah. (John 3:16). Through the act of Worship, God gives us peace and joy and more of Himself in us. Personal times of worship are important and very necessary for every Christian’s daily life. What I have learnt as a believer is that there is real power when we worship, pray and seek God’s face. When we go into worship , whether we are on our knees, sitting, bowing, standing or prostrated , we enter into God’s presence and we can feel the Holy Ghost’s presence.
Worship is an essential part of our Christian’s faith. Christians worship God to thank Him for His love, to ask for forgiveness for sins as well as to try and understand His will for our lives to name a few. As part of this worship, us Christians worship both privately in our prayer closet and publicly i.e in a group such a fellowship or in church. God wants us to worship Him by choice and from our hearts.Jehovah invites us to pray without ceasing in everything that concerns us. So why not worship Him in those happy times and in those sad times. Spending time thanking and praising God, adoring Him for who He is, and worshiping Him is a sure way to get our mind off of ourselves and onto Christ our Messiah.
I don’t know about you, but I want more of God and less of me. I want God to say well done my faithful servant. We must take our eyes off of ourselves and our problems and look to God to gain more of an eternal perspective on things. As Christians we should seek and praise Jehovah before we seek the answers to our problems. Make God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit a priority in your life and Worship them, they that worship them must worship Him in honesty and in truth. (John 4:24)
Praying the Scriptures back to the Author is a powerful way to worship. Start with praying the Psalms. But even if you don’t pray the Scriptures, at least pray. God delights to hear our prayers (Psalm 66:19-20; Revelation 8:3, 4). He delights in answering them blessing His children. Even when, or maybe especially when, it is hard to pray , pray. When praying is a sacrifice it is both worship and prayer.
2. Worship through Praise and Thanksgiving
The Bible is packed with with Bible verses which speak of praise , about 150 in Psalms alone! If you don’t think praise is important, check it out. Praise means simply telling God how great He is , praise Him for His love, His forgiveness, His patience, His creation, His gifts, for anything and everything. Thanksgiving is similar. Instead of praising Him for who He is, we praise Him for what He has done for us personally. Got two eyes to see? Thank him. God married? Thank Him? Got a revelation? Thank Him. Got a roof over your head? Thank Him. Got food on the table? Got a new job? Thank Him. Got a new spiritual gift? Thank Him in everything (1 Thessalonians 5:18).
3. Worship through confession of sin
Sin breaks the heart of our Father. He weeps to see His children making wrong choices, just as any loving parent would. But He has made a way of redemption. If you are a child of God, all you need to do is admit your sins to Him, ask for His cleansing through our Lord Jesus Christ , and commit to not sinning again. It doesn’t mean you won’t sin again – but that you are seriously committed to trying, with the help and the power of the Holy Spirit to not sin again. Be encourage and read Psalm 51.
4. Worship through the Word
You may have noticed our posts that we have a lot of Bible verses Because God speaks through His word and by spending time in the Word every day is a way of worshipping the Father. He gave us the Word and wants us to use it and love it Psalm 119:97, 113, 163. Psalm 119 is a beautiful tribute to the Word. If you want to fall in love with the Word, spend a few day in this scriptures , meditate on them and ask the Holy Spirit to help you understand it and reveal deep things to you. 1 Corinthians 2:9 But as it is written: “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard,
Nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.”
When you worship through giving, you are saying to God, “All I have is Yours.” God does not need your money, but He wants your heart. He does not need your time or talent, but He invites you to partner with Him in sharing the gospel. Giving is worship because it is a privilege. The Lord does not need anything from His creation – but He blesses us with the opportunity. Why do we give? Because we are following the example of Jesus who gave “His life as a ransom for many” (Mark 10:45) and it helps spread the gospel of Jesus Christ.