“We were created to worship God. It’s a state in which our soul finds true peace, rest, and purpose. But it must become a condition of the heart, a way of life, a pattern woven into the fabric of our being. Worship must become so ongoing that it is no longer even a decision that has to be made because the decision has already been made. Worship must become a lifestyle. When you make worship a lifestyle, it will determine in whose image you will be formed and what you become. Sometimes praise and worship will be the only thing you do in a situation. You will stand and praise God while the tornados of life whirl around you, and you will see God move on your behalf. And then you will understand the hidden power of praise. When you understand that concept, it will change your life.” – Stormie Omartian, The Prayer That Changes Everything.
Music is an awesome way for us to worship and experience God and to keep focused on the important things of life, the things that God cares about. Christians worship through music because it is an expression of praise, glory, honor, and reverence to the Lord. But the bottom line is that worship is a lifestyle. It is characterized by devotion, obedience, and love for God and others. Additionally, it is a conscious action. Worship requires effort. It can be expressed in numerous ways, one way is music. It can be as simple as just being grateful for blessings, family, and friends.
But what about prayer? Prayer plays a key role in our worship of God. What are the worship choruses we sing, if not prayers set to music? The author of Hebrews writes, “ So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.” (Hebrews 4:16). Because of Christ’s sacrifice, we have direct access to God. He urges us to make the most of our access by approaching God in prayer with a sense of confidence and boldness, knowing that our prayers will be heard and answered. Prayer can be a form of worship because engaging in prayer reminds us that He is in our midst, in the details of our lives. “God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble.” (Psalm 46:1). Prayer is an open invitation to a growing relationship with God.
The apostle Paul places prayer at the center of the Christian discipline of maintaining a continuous spirit of worship. “ Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.” (1 Thessalonians 5:16–18). Prayer has always played a significant role in worship and understanding the role and power in prayer will help us maximize the impact of our worship.
- Do you see prayer as a form of worship? Why or why not?
- What does your prayer life look like currently?
- What can we do this week to improve our level of worship?