I’ve been preparing devotions for my local Community Bible Study Leader’s Council and have been focusing on the topics of Worship and Prayer. One of the points from last week was the importance of ‘praying yourself up’ prior to coming to class, going to church and prior to spending time in His Word. An obvious, but oh so difficult, thing to do is to leave all of the ‘junk’ at the door when we enter into a time with Christ.
I know that I struggle with letting everything go in attempt to give Him all of my heart, love and adoration. I now that He desires all of me when I show up… including a clean canvas and empty vessel with which to work. I’m certain that many others do too. I want my time of worship and praise to be as meaningful to my Father as it can be. I look forward to that time of really connecting… loving Him and feeling His love for me.
I read something today that really met me where I was and spoke deeply to my heart. Maybe it is something that will touch your heart in a special way too!
Worship is far more than praying or singing in church. You worship when you trust God completely, love Him supremely, obey him wholeheartedly, and thank him continually. Your most profound and intimate experiences of worship will likely be in your darkest days — when your heart is broken, when you feel abandoned, when you’re out of options, when the pain is great, and you turn to God alone. The deepest level of worship is praising God in spite of pain, trusting God during times of trouble, and loving God when he seems distant. (Excerpt from Meditations on the Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren)
Be blessed on this very special Monday!
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