Prayer and Worship
By John David Hicks
“Thank the Lord because He is good. His love continues forever” (Psalm 106:1). “Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise; give thanks to Him and praise His name” (Psalms 100:4).
The gate into the presence and worship of God is opened with thanksgiving and praise. Throughout all generations, the Lord’s goodness, love, and faithfulness endures.
“Worship is when you’re aware that what you’ve been given is far greater than what you can give. Worship is the awareness that were it not for his touch, you’d still be hobbling and hurting, bitter and broken. Worship is the half-glazed expression on the parched face of a desert pilgrim as he discovers that the oasis is not a mirage.
Worship is the “thank you” that refuses to be silenced.
We have tried to make a science out of worship. We can’t do that. We can’t do that anymore than we “sell love” or “negotiate peace.”
Worship is a voluntary act of gratitude offered by the saved to the Savior, by the healed to the Healer, and by the delivered to the Deliverer. ” So writes Max Lucado in Grace For The Moment.
Without worship, you are unfulfilled. Jesus said, to the woman at the well, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” Thirst speaks of our desires. The Lord satisfies your desires by inviting you to drink freely from the water of life. “He said to me: “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To him who is thirsty I will give to drink without cost from the spring of the water of life. He who overcomes will inherit all this, and I will be his God and he will be my son” (Revelation 21:6-7).
Pray and Worship with me: Lord, I thank you that your are the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End of everything. You know me, love me and have redeemed me. I have accepted your invitation to drink without cost from your spring of living water. Thank you for the abundant inheritance you have given me. I am fulfilled in you. Today, again I take your strength, knowing that you are with me and I can face anything. In Jesus Name, Amen.