Ecclesiastes 5: What is the nature of true worship? | Christian News on Christian Today
John-Mark Kuznietsov/UnsplashWhat is true worship? 'The Lord detests the sacrifice of the wicked, but the prayer of the upright pleases him'. True worship, in other words, is defined by the priority we place on who God is wealthy and able to meet our needs and answer our prayers. True Worship #worship #attitude #relationship Jesus Christ, Spiritual Quotes, Prayer Quotes. Visit . My mom is always telling me to praise God, don't just pray.
However, prayer should never be directed towards any being other than God.
God will not share His glory with others Isaiah It is particularly dangerous to pray to angels or to the dead, which are forbidden occult activities. Seeking to speak to the dead is called "necromancy" and is specifically prohibited in the Old Testament, because such prayers may be answered by evil spirits which serve Satan rather than by God. When we pray, it is often helpful to remember before God the reasons that we ask Him to answer our prayers.
This is not only respectful towards God, becoming a form of praise, this is a discipline that helps us to keep our prayers within God's will. We may, like Abraham at the Oaks of Mamre, appeal to God's own nature; His righteousness, justness, kindness, and mercy Genesis We may speak of Christ's work at the cross, although we should be careful of speaking of the blood of Christ as if it were some magic substance that makes God do things He otherwise would not do.
Even the cross is rooted in the nature and character of God. Thus, while the work done there is objective and real, we should never lose sight of the fact that "God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself" II Corinthians 5: The cross is not man's way of forcing God to grant forgiveness and blessing against His will, but His way of accomplishing His will.
We can go on to appeal to the purposes of God, to the outworking of His plan that includes the cross, and for God's Name to be glorified. We may also ask God to answer our requests because of His graciousness to His servants, as did Nehemiah. We should also be willing to be a part of the answer to our prayers and to make this known to our Lord. The formal side of our relationship with God recognizes that when it comes to asking God to meet needs, whether those of others through intercession or our own through petitionwe must pray according to God's Will if we expect God to answer us I John 5: This recognition will also cause us to pray, as Jesus did, "not my will, but Thine be done.
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Writing prayers out on paper and editing them before we pray them, if we have the time, can help us to discipline our prayer life to meet the formal needs of our relationship to God. But it should never hinder us from a direct, honest, respectful opening of our hearts before the Lord. Prayer often leads to a deep sense of peace, an assurance of God's fellowship and saving grace, and sometimes a sense that God is leading us in a particular direction.
Any such belief that God is communicating to us should be carefully measured by Scripture and by consulting with others who are mature in the faith. Any hesitancy to rigorously examine what we believe to be God's leading is cause to suspect that we are protecting this guidance for the wrong reasons. God does not need protection. His guidance can stand up to examination and will not seem strange to those who have walked with Him.
We must be careful, however, to keep prayer as a time when we speak to God, remembering that it is primarily through His Word that He communicates to us. Being careful about what we attribute to God and refusing to treat His Name lightly is a part of true reverence and respect for our Lord, the Almighty, the Most High God.
There is a strong movement today to make listening a part of prayer on the same footing with speech.In My Prayer Room • 3 Hours of Piano Worship Music, Instrumental Worship, Prayer Music #PianoMessage
The real purpose of this is to raise up modern day "prophets" as part of the "prophetic" and "Manifest Sons of God" also called "latter rain" movements. The sad effect of this movement is to woo people away from God's revealed Word and the teaching of the apostles. And this seed is the word that the Father has spoken and now written down in our hearts. We now are a part of His heart, born of His Spirit, and now able to give life like He did for us.
We do this by sharing His word with others. This is the bread of life, broken for you and others. His seed becomes bread that will sustain others unto eternal life. His word is the seed, now ground into unleavened flour through our shared sufferings and baked into the bread of life. This is the partaking of the bread; this is communion—the spiritual sharing of His word, plan and purpose.
Everything else is window dressing, if it is done without true knowledge in true worship John 4: We now are a spirit that can make others alive. When we relate the truth of Christ to the lost, and they respond, we are being used by God to raise the dead, for they are dead in their sins. As we share our testimony of how God gave us new life in Him, we are giving new life to others. If we are faithful in giving others a new spiritual life, then the Father will grant us more power to perform Lazarus-like miracles.
It is coming for those who can receive it. Those who have ears that can hear what the Spirit is saying to us—they will stand in reverential awe of this mighty Spirit of Love, who shares Himself. And as our hearts bow before Him, stupefied beyond mere human words at His majestic mercy, a brokenness comes over us as we begin to worship our humble Father and King. For He seeks such who are like Him, who have a broken spirit and a contrite heart. For they are the only ones who may enter into this rareified court.
And this gratitude is expressed in communication back to the Father in the form of prayer. How many times can we say thank you to God?
What else should we express to Him? What other things should we discuss with Him? In essence the disciples asked these same questions.
God is spirit and he seeks those who will worship him in spirit and in truth. This includes heartfelt sincerity but it also includes being thoughtful and attentive. True worshippers use their minds: What we think about God will determine how we worship him. This is what the fear of God means. It is also a theme that runs through the book. I will pray with my spirit, but I will also pray with my mind; I will sing with my spirit, but I will also sing with my mind' 1 Corinthians True worshippers listen to God: We must be prepared to listen to the word of God.
How are you going to know how or who to worship? To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams"' 1 Samuel Our attitude must be 'Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening,' not 'Listen, Lord, for your servant is speaking.
We are to pray. It does not mean that we are not to pray long prayers — but we are not to do so for a show nor because we think that the longer we pray the more God is likely to reward us. We are to take prayer seriously.
We are to ask the Lord — teach us to pray'.
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We need more collective and thoughtful prayer. We are to pray from the heart. But if you refrain from making a vow, you will not be guilty. Whatever your lips utter you must be sure to do, because you made your vow freely to the Lord your God with your own mouth' Deuteronomy When we respond to the Word of God we are making vows.
We are to do so thoughtfully, carefully, whole heartedly. And we must fulfill them — do you have unfulfilled vows? We are to take them as seriously as we do our marriage vows. How much of our worship is a lie to God? True worship is Christ-centred: