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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org