ATTITUDES TO WORSHIP
Memorise: God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. John 4:24
Read: Isaiah 40:12-22, Bible in one year: Joel 1-3, Matthew 7:24-8:17
Prayers involves much more than asking God for our heart desires. It also involves praises and worship, both of which are very much related. While praise acknowledges God for what He has done, worship acknowledges God for who He is. We need to understand that God expects all creatures to worship Him (Revelations 5:13). No matter what or who they are, as far as they exist, God expects them to worship Him.
Pretty much everybody in existence has received something from God (Acts 17:28). However, only those who acknowledge what they have received as coming from God can be deemed worshippers. Among this group of people, there are those who feel contented with what they have received from God. If you are in this category, praise and worship God. On the other hand, there are those who feel they have not received enough from God. These are people who feel God has done much but not enough for them. Such people believe they need more blessings from the Lord, and some even feel that God has not done enough to warrant their praises. Its among this category of people you will find those who compare their wealth and other tangible achievements with that of those they think are more privileged than themselves. More often then not, people who engaged in such comparisons concluded that God has not been fair to them. No matter how little you think the goodness of the Lord is in your life, it is imperative that you praise and worship Him.
Many people feel as though God has done nothing for them. In their opinion, God is not good at all. This kind of feeling is wrong and dangerous. If the devil is ministering to you that God is not good at all, resist the devil and worship God for who He is. It is easy to fall into this state when you are afflicted. A classical example of someone who did this is job. Job was a man who worshipped God in prosperity (Job 1:5) and he also worshipped God in the midst of satanic affiliations. Job 1:20-21 says,
“Then Job arose, and rent his mantle, and shaved his head, and fell down upon the ground, and worshipped, And said, Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.”
Note that Job still worshipped God at the end of his trials (Job 42:1-5). Worshipped characterises vessels unto honour. Are you a vessel unto honour? If your answer is yes, go ahead and worship God, whatever your situation might be.
Father, grant me the grace to worship you, no matter what I am going through.