What does your heart long for? Does it long for acceptance, attention, adoration, or praise for accomplishments you make?
What if I told you God does too?
Here’s the difference between God and humanity: We want it for selfish gain, but God wants it because of love and relationship.
We want the Instagram likes, a guy or girl to praise us, and we want to feel needed. Soon enough, these ambitions will catch up with us and we wont even notice we’ve pushed God out of his place until we are about to crash and burn.
Let’s examine a term called idolatry.
Idol•a•try — Giving your highest affections to a certain person or thing.
God designed us to worship him, to give him the highest praises and to celebrate with him. Worship is an invitation to join Heaven in praising God and it is an opportunity to align with God’s heart.
I confess, prayer and worship is not always my first response. But it’s a personal goal to have my heart be in such a humble place that it is beyond just a desire to want to prayer and worship without ceasing — I want it to become an absolute need.
In a time where we can become so distracted and torn down by the world and be so moved by temporary idols, lets challenge ourselves to devote to thanksgiving in prayer and worship.
The best part about devoting ourselves to prayer and worship is that it doesn’t have to look like anyone else’s. It doesn’t have to look or sound like prayer and worship on a Wednesday night at SUMMIT or on a Sunday morning. It is truly an honor to sit before the Lord at any moment and just talk to him.
Think of it like this, praying to God is as easy as picking up your phone and calling your best friend when that certain friend pushed your limits a little too hard, or guys; when your girlfriend just broke up with you, or when your parents started yelling at each other again. It’s for when you messed up and you have no idea who to talk to about it.
What if instead of looking tirelessly through your phone for someone to talk too, you put it down, got by yourself and prayed to God?
WRITTEN BY: HANNA ESPINOZA
1 Oh come, let us sing to the Lord, let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation! 2 Let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise! 3 For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods.
14 For you shall worship no other God, for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God.
23 He said, “Then put away the foreign gods that are among you, and incline your heart to the Lord, the God of Israel.”
- Why is it hard to give God our highest attention sometimes?
- When life gets tough, where or to whom do you normally escape to? Why do you escape there instead of to God?
- What in your life distracts you from praying and worshiping more often?
9 This is how you should pray: Our father in heaven, hallowed be your name. 10 Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. 11 Give us this day our daily bread, 12 and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. 13 And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.
Pray This Out Loud
“God, I give you praise for you who are. You are greater than anything else in my life. I pray that your Kingdom would come here to Earth and in my life. Lord, I need you today. You alone give me life. Forgive me for the times I put other people or things above you, and help me forgive ____________ for ___________. I also ask that you would reveal any unforgiveness in my heart. God, protect me today, and keep me from the enemy.
All this I pray in Jesus name, amen.”