It All Starts With Worship
Prayer is such a vulnerable activity! Why? Because it requires that we face what is going on inside our own heart and start expressing to God our most intimate emotions and desires. If you are going through a difficult time, when you pray, you instantly feel the burdens of your heart rising to the surface.
This truth is part of why Jesus taught his disciples to begin their prayer time with worship: “Our Father, who dwells in heaven, praise and honor be to your Name.” (Matthew 6:9) Our choice to begin with worship does several things for us:
#1 – IT MAGNIFIES THE REALITY OF WHO GOD IS
It is our tendency to magnify our present problems and disappointments. The bigger they are in our eyes, the heavier they feel on our hearts. Worship chooses to use the telescope instead of the microscope. We turn our attention to the size and capacity of our God who rules over heaven and earth. We turn our attention away from the size of our problems and gain the perspective of just how small and temporary our challenges are in comparison with the immensity and eternity of our Creator God.
My father-in-law, David Spencer, said it like this, “I will not tell God how big my problems are, I will tell my problems how big my God is.”
#2 – IT IDENTIFIES ME AS A CHILD OF THE GOD
When Jesus referred to God as “Our Father” He was introducing a revolutionary concept! Up until then, no one thought of God based on that kind of intimate and privileged relationship. But it is a fact that when we surrender our lives to Christ, we are adopted into God’s family. We become a son or a daughter of the Most High!
Romans 8:16-17a declares, “The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ.”
When we worship we recognize who God is to us personally (Our Father) and why we have the right to pray with boldness (we are co-heirs with Christ).
#3 – IT CLARIFIES THE AUTHORITY BY WHICH WE PRAY
“Our Father who art in heaven,” is a phrase that conveys rulership. Our Father rules from the heavens. Everything in the universe is under His feet. When we worship we are declaring His authority and power. We are recognizing that nothing is too difficult for Him and that our lives rest in His hands.
#4 – IT EDIFIES ME SO THAT I FEEL STRONG ENOUGH TO GO ON
Sometimes all I need to do is worship. Sometimes all I can do is worship. I may not know how to pray or what to even ask God to do. But when I worship, I connect with something greater than myself. When I worship, I experience the release of God’s presence which brings a supernatural deposit of His peace.
In Psalm 57, David pours out his fears to God and then makes a radical decision. “I am in the midst of lions; I am forced to dwell among ravenous beasts—men whose teeth are spears and arrows, whose tongues are sharp swords. Be exalted, O God, above the heavens; let your glory be over all the earth.”
Here’s the transition: “God I feel like I am going to die and everyone around me is trying to bring me down! But I know that if you are exalted, everything will be ok. I don’t know what to pray for, so I just ask that God be glorified in my situations. And since I am tied to Him, when He is exalted, I too will be lifted up.”
#5 – IT SATISFIES THE DEEPEST PARTS OF MY SOUL
Worship is actually an invitation. It is an invitation to the Holy Spirit to flood our lives with His Presence. Worship is magnetic. Wherever people are worshiping there you will find the Holy Spirit rushing into the hearts of those present.
Worship is activation. In all reality, the Holy Spirit is already present in the life of every believer. But the choice to worship activates Him to operate within your soul. It’s like shaking a bottle of carbonated soda. You can see the bubbling up on the inside.
“And where the Spirit of the Lord is there is freedom” (2 Corinthians 3:17) – There is life. There is joy – There is peace. There is deep and lasting satisfaction and fulfillment.
So why not begin your day with a season of worship? It’s both the biblical and practical thing to do.
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