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Lyle posted a topic in Prayer WallCan We Receive Answers to our Prayers by Worshiping God? There are different ways of praying, and various approach towards those different ways of praying, leading us to receive answers to our prayers. The thing that matters the most is that it should be the right biblical principle put in place to get answers to prayers. Some people doubt if God responds to prayers made through worship. The first question we will have to ask our self is what does it mean to worship God? To worship God means attributing reverent honor and homage to God. Respecting the fact that God is God and there is no one like Him, that God is the Alpha and omega, the beginning and the end, the bright and morning star, the I am that I am, the One who’s mercy endures forever, the omnipotent and omniscience God. Our Lord Jesus instructed us to be true worshipers of God. The Lord Jesus said, “When the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeks such to worship him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth” (John 4:23–24). Looking at the scripture above you will notice that Jesus said the Father seeks such to worship Him. Meaning that God wants you to worship Him, God desires it, and it gives Him joy for you to worship Him. Not only to just worship Him as others do, but to worship Him in spirit and in truth . You should be spiritually connected and focused on Him, acknowledging the true nature of God. If you worship God the way that He wants you to worship Him, do you think, He will not answer your prayers? Dr. McGee lists out four ways to worship God 1-Give Him Thanks Oh, give thanks to the Lord! Call upon His name; make known His deeds among the peoples! -1 Chronicles 16:8 2-Sing to Him Sing to Him, sing psalms to Him; talk of all His wondrous works! -1 Chronicles 16:9 3-Seek His Face Glory in His holy name; let the hearts of those rejoice who seek the Lord! Seek the Lord and His strength; seek His face evermore! -1 Chronicles 16:10, 11 4-Remember His Marvelous Works Remember His marvelous works which He has done, His wonders, and the judgments of His mouth. -1 Chronicles 16:12 Follow the principles above, and worship God in spirit and in truth and share your testimonies with others as you expect answers to your prayers. Remember also that, the fundamental truth is that God inhabits in the praises of His people. Putting all these to work in faith produces tremendous results.
I avoid instituitional religion as much as possible. The insincerity of its hirelings, the Spirit-quenching authoritarianism of its hierarchies, the pretentiousness of the titles and their holders, and the pagan elements that pervade the proceedings. Isaiah 29:13-16 (13) Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men: (14) Therefore, behold, I will proceed to do a marvellous work among this people, even a marvellous work and a wonder: for the wisdom of their wise men shall perish, and the understanding of their prudent men shall be hid. (15) Woe unto them that seek deep to hide their counsel from the LORD, and their works are in the dark, and they say, Who seeth us? and who knoweth us? (16) Surely your turning of things upside down shall be esteemed as the potter's clay: for shall the work say of him that made it, He made me not? or shall the thing framed say of him that framed it, He had no understanding? Quote from Matthew Henry's Commentary On The Whole Bible: (Isa 29:13) "He that knows the heart, and cannot be imposed upon with shows and pretences, charges it upon them, whether their hearts condemn them for it or no. He that is greater than the heart, and knows all things, knows that though they draw nigh to him with their mouth, and honour him with their lips, yet they are not sincere worshippers. To worship God is to make our approaches to him, and to present our adorations of him; it is to draw nigh to him as those that have business with him, with an intention therein to honour him. " If we genuinely love God there are at least 7 ways to genuinely worship Him: Fellowship. Discipleship. Stewardship. Leadership. Evangelism. Intercession. Rest. In Matthew 15:7-9 Jesus doesn't seem too happy with the insincere worship that confronts Him and condemns the offenders with this appropriate Isaiah quote: Matthew 15:7-9 (7) You hypocrites, well did Esaias prophesy of you, saying, (8) This people draw nigh unto me with their mouth, and honour me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. (9) But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. Later on Jesus instructs His disciples in true leadership, leadership that follows His example and is truly a sincere form of worship: Matthew 20:25-28 (25) But Jesus called them unto him, and said, You know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them. (26) But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister; (27) And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant: (28) Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many. In adoration of Christ, having committed ourselves to worship Him in stewardship, we have a responsibility to make the best use of the resources He gives us, as Peter instructs in his epistle: 1Peter 4:10-11 (10) As every man has received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. (11) If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God gives: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen. Quote from Matthew Henry's Commentary On The Whole Bible : (1 Peter 4:10-11) "The rule is that whatever gift, ordinary or extraordinary, whatever power, ability, or capacity of doing good is given to us, we should minister, or do service, with the same one to another, accounting ourselves not masters, but only stewards of the manifold grace, or the various gifts, of God. Learn, [1.] Whatever ability we have of doing good we must own it to be the gift of God and ascribe it to his grace. [2.] Whatever gifts we have received, we ought to look upon them as received for the use one of another. We must not assume them to ourselves, nor hide them in a napkin, but do service with them one to another in the best manner we are able. [3.] In receiving and using the manifold gifts of God we must look upon ourselves as stewards only, and act accordingly. The talents we are entrusted with are our Lord's goods, and must be employed as he directs. And it is required in a steward that he be found faithful." I wish you well in your worship, and intercede for those in need of a wake-up call where this matter is concerned, that they will be fortunate to hear the Holy Spirit say, "Hey! That's not sincere worship!"