Bible Reading:  Psalm 100:1-5

“Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations” [Psalm 100:4-5]

As we come to the end of this series of devotional thoughts on prayer I would like to conclude with re-emphasizing the relationship between worship and prayer.

When Jesus died on the cross He made a way for us to draw near to God with boldness and confidence [Hebrews 10:19].

How do we come into God’s presence? It is through the blood of Jesus and it is with a heart of worship and praise. The Psalmist says that he will enter God’s gates with praise and His courts with thanksgiving [Psalm 100:4]. Here is the vital relationship between praise, worship and prayer. God doesn’t need our worship, but He has given us this wonderful gift, not for His benefit but for our benefit.

Worship is much more than music – it involves our entire relationship with God. The songwriter has written “It is more than a song that You have required,” nevertheless, there is amazing power in worshipping and praising God with a sincere heart. The Psalmist exhorts us to “Come before His presence with singing” [Psalm 100:2]. When we praise and worship Him we begin to powerfully sense God’s presence. The reason for this is that God inhabits the praises of His people [see Psalm 22:3].

When I first came to Christ I used to sing every day from the Methodist hymnbook. That built a foundation of praise and worship into my life. Many of those old songs remain a part of me, but there have been many wonderful new songs added since then. Today most churches use overhead projection for times of worship so that hymnbooks have almost become obsolete, but there is still a place to sing praises and worship to God each day in our quiet times.

Worship is an integral part of our prayer life. It brings us into God’s presence, helps us to concentrate on Him, and scatters our enemies. Many times we have seen God move as we have worshipped. Remember what Job did when he lost everything – his children, wealth and health. It may have been hard to pray, but he worshipped and did not blame God!  Worship and prayer are inseparable!

A Question:

What has most impacted you and brought change to your life as a result of reading these daily devotional thoughts on prayer? I would love to hear from you and can be contacted on michaelrosswatson@gmail.com


Bible Reading:  Psalm 16:1-11

The Bible says that God neither slumbers nor sleeps [Psalm 121:3]. Even when we sleep He is at work and often it is in the night that he is working in us. Let’s consider five ways in which God blesses us, speaks to us and ministers to us in the night.

Sleep. Sleep is a blessing from the Lord. The Psalmist said that God “grants sleep to those He loves” [Psalm 127:2]. Good, undisturbed sleep is a blessing from the Lord. The Psalmist writing about sleep in Psalm 3:5 and 4:8 says that he can sleep in peace because the Lord keeps him safe.

Dreams. Frequently in God’s Word we read of God speaking through dreams. Jacob, Joseph, Nebuchadnezzar, Daniel, the Magi, Joseph, the husband of Mary, and the wife of Pilate all heard God speak in dreams. It is not wrong to pray before sleeping, “Lord, if you want to do so, speak to me in a dream as I sleep.” Some years ago I prayed a prayer like that and that night had a remarkably accurate dream that God used to minister to another person.

Songs. The Psalmist said, “In the night His song shall be with me” [Ps. 42:8] and at another time called to remembrance his song in the night [Ps. 77:6]. Job said, “God my Maker, Who gives songs in the night” [Job 35:10]. I often wondered about this and once asked the Lord to show me if this really is true. I asked Daddy-God to give me a song in the night, and experienced a song in my sleep that remained with when I awoke and through the day.

Meditations. The Psalmist wrote, “Meditate within your heart on your bed and be still” [Psalm 4:4]. Speaking of the night the Psalmist also said, “I meditate within my heart, and my spirit makes diligent search” [Psalm 77:6]. In a later Psalm we read, “My eyes are awake through the night watches, that I may meditate on Your word” [Psalm 119:148]. Sometimes I find myself waking up with something that God has put in my heart, and immediately I write it down. When my wife went through surgery she focused on Jesus as she was given the anesthetic. When she awoke the first thought she had was of Jesus.

Instruction. The Psalmist said, “My heart also instructs me in the night seasons” [Psalm 16:7].

Can you see from these Scriptures how God can minister to you and work deeply in your heart in the night?


What we do in the last few minutes before we sleep will often determine how we sleep. When you sleep tonight will you spend the last minutes of your day talking with the Lord and focusing on Him? Ask Him to speak into your spirit and minister to you whilst you are asleep.

Will you keep a pen and notebook by your bedside so that if God puts something into your spirit in the night, you will be able to note it down?