Worship

Moyo Ayeni

Worship helps change our perspective

There are a whole host of ways we can look at prayer and worship; the book of Psalms is a whole world in itself! But in this series of posts I will focus on how the regular addition of worship to our prayer lives, can offer life and hope, especially in difficult times.

The simple song I learnt in Sunday School as a child comes to mind when I think of God being bigger and greater than whatever I’m facing. It goes like this:

“Have we made our God too small, too small?
Have we made our God too small?
He made the heavens and earth,
And He reigns on high.
And he’s got the time for you and I!”

Ask yourself, ‘Have I made God too small in my life?’ Whenever I ask myself this question, it inspires me to repentance and excitement as I think about the endless possibilities that there are in Christ.

I am small, weak and fickle. God is limitless, powerful and never changes. Our focus on God should cause our hearts to swell with confidence and bring defeat to our doubts and fears. He knows what he’s doing, especially when we don’t.

Worship also serves to remind us to align ourselves with God’s will and plan. When we make our problems bigger than our worship, we begin to seek alternative solutions, feel defeated, believe that God isn’t listening, or is taking his time for no apparent reason.

But also remember “[God] knows the plans [He] has for you…plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)

God’s plan and timing are perfect. Worship helps us to ‘keep the main thing the main thing’. Don’t fret because, “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore, we will not fear…” Psalm 46:1-2 (NIV)

So, choose to make worship a priority, mixed in with your prayers of petition, warfare and repentance. And as you do so, allow space for the Holy Spirit to speak to you and help you in everything you bring to God’s throne of grace.

 

Question: How do you include worship in your times of prayer? Leave a comment below.

 
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