Prayer Is Worship
By Steve Williams
Sir Isaac Newton said that he could take his telescope and look millions and millions of miles into space. Then he added, “but when I lay it aside, go into my room, shut the door, and get down on my knees in earnest prayer, I see more of heaven and feel closer to the Lord than if I were assisted by all the telescopes on earth. Prayer connects us to the very heart of God.
As we prepare to worship the Lord in our daily prayer lives we need to remember that God is always present with us. Prayer is worship and worship is the overflow of what God has done in our lives. So as we pray we should acknowledge His goodness and His presence we lift our prayers up to Him.
Sometimes when we pray it feels like we’re getting nowhere. So what we must remember is prayer is an exercise of faith (John 14:13, James 5:15). It requires steadfast confidence. But what so many people have made Christian prayer & worship about is an event we attend each Sunday instead of a lifestyle that we should embrace daily. Prayer is the lifestyle of a Christian. It’s the way Christians come into the presence of God and worship Him with their heart, soul, and lives.
Just a thought about Prayer, think about this. If I were to throw an anchor from a boat and catch hold of the shore and pull, do I pull the shore to myself, or do I pull myself to the shore? Prayer is not pulling God to me but it is pulling me closer to God. That’s what prayer is all about. It is getting me closer to God. So let us practice praying so we can all get closer to the Lord. And remember that prayer is wireless access to God no matter where you are.
Words Of Wisdom:
- Prayer is the key of the morning and the bolt of the evening. N/A
- To be a Christian without prayer is no more possible than to be alive without breathing. Martin Luther
- Prayer does not change God, but it changes him who prays. Soren Kierkegaard
- Prayer is a strong wall and fortress of the church; it is a goodly Christian weapon. Martin Luther
- When We start kneeling down, things start looking up. N/A
The Power of Prayer:
There was a Christian lady who lived next door to an atheist. Every day, when the lady prayed, the atheist guy could hear her. He thought to himself, “She sure is crazy, praying all the time like that. Doesn’t she know there isn’t a God?”
Many times while she was praying, he would go to her house and harass her, saying “Lady, why do you pray all the time? Don’t you know there is no God?” But she kept on praying.
One day, she ran out of groceries. As usual, she was praying to the Lord explaining her situation and thanking Him for what He was going to do.
As usual, the atheist heard her praying and thought to himself. “Hmph . . .I’ll fix her.”
He went to the grocery store, bought a whole bunch of groceries, took them to her house, dropped them off on the front porch, rang the doorbell, and then hid in the bushes to see what she would do. When she opened the door and saw the groceries, she began to praise the Lord with all her heart, jumping, singing, and shoutin’ everywhere!
The atheist then jumped out of the bushes and told her, “You ol’crazy lady, God didn’t buy you those groceries, I bought those groceries!”
Well, she broke out and started running down the street, shouting and praising the Lord. When he finally caught her, he asked what her problem was . . .
She said, “I knew the Lord would provide me with some groceries, but I didn’t know he was going to make the devil pay for them!”
Steve Williams is the pastor of Berry Chapel Baptist Church in Spruce Pine, North Carolina. You can read more good Christian news from Steve HERE.