What is worship?
Definition of “WORSHIP”, taken from Webster’s 1828 Dictionary:
1. To adore; to pay divine honors to; to reverence with supreme respect and veneration.
Thou shalt worship no other God. Exodus 34:14.
2. To respect; to honor; to treat with civil reverence.
3. To honor with extravagant love and extreme submission; as a lover.
We all worship something (or elevate the importance of some one or something, and hold it in high regard). We were created to worship, and it’s something that comes naturally to us. Most girls and women worship celebrities, beauty, relationships, expectations, ideals, ourselves, education, career, security, money, social status, fashion, boys & men, and even family to some degree. We begin to worship something when we set our attention on it often, and it begins to become the primary affection and focus of our lives.
The problem with placing too much importance in any of the above mentioned things is that they can never satisfy the deepest longings of your soul. Although many of these things are important and even wonderful, at some point every one of them will never fail to disappoint you, and let you down. Although they may give you temporary feelings of happiness, in and of themselves they will never bring you complete joy.
The only place you will find the kind of joy that stands the tests of time, difficult circumstances, change, and even persecution, is worshipping God.
Some things to think about:
- Do you believe in God?
- Do you have a relationship with God?
- How can you worship a God you don’t know?
- How can you know a God you never talk to?
If you believe in God, you will have a desire to know God. And as you learn to know God, you can’t help but worship him. When you continually talk to God (pray), you will begin to know Him more and more. And it will result in more intimate and powerful prayers and more beautiful and meaningful worship of Jesus.
Learning to worship and pray to God:
Becoming a woman of prayer and worship doesn’t mean you must become a nun, be the best and loudest singer at church on Sunday mornings, or say specific prayers over and over again. It simply requires a conscious effort to make both worship and prayer a part of your normal, everyday rhythms.
If you want to know God you need to talk to him. That’s called prayer. When you know more about God, you will be amazed by who He is, and what He’s done. Acknowledging those things is called worship.
Make worship and prayer part of everything. Start your day with prayer. End your day with prayer. And pray for everything in between. Worship God while you are lying in your bed, by singing a song right then and there, or bursting into song while you’re cleaning your room, washing the dishes or driving down the road with your family. You can even whistle a tune to Jesus while you’re grocery shopping!
Worship and prayer are as simple as whispering “Thank you, Jesus”, when you see a blessing He has given to you, or remember something He has done for you, and “God, please help me” when you need Him in any circumstance throughout the day or night.
Pray and worship alone, with your family, and with your friends. What if you don’t feel like it? What if it feels awkward? What if you don’t sound like a pastor, or worship leader? Pray and worship anyway! Just as anything else in life, it becomes more natural and less intimidating when we practice it often.
Step out and be the one who initiates prayer at home, when you’re with your friends, when you’re at school and even while you’re out in public places like the mall. Be known as the girl who prays! Be known as the woman who worships Jesus with every part of her life! Let worship and prayer become part of your identity.
Things that have helped me most, in learning how to worship and pray:
- Reading the Psalms in my Bible.
- Spending countless hours of time with friends in the prayer room who know how to pray and worship, and have taught me how to do the same, and studying the lives of those who worship and pray.
- Using The Lord’s Prayer as a guide for my prayers. (As you say the Lord’s Prayer, pause after each portion and personalize it.)
- Worshipping God through His Word. (Use passages in the Bible that talk about God, read those verses aloud and pray them back to God – adding your own worshipful words to them.
- Using prayers in the Bible as a starting place for your own prayers. (Click here for a resource I use.)
- Setting aside time in the day to worship and adore God, not asking Him for anything, simply meditating on who He is, and what He has done – and then thanking Him and praising Him.
- Setting aside time in the day to pray and intercede for others, and keeping a prayer journal to help me remember who to pray for, and record answers to specific prayers.
- Listening to praise and worship music.
- Reading books about worship and prayer, and learning all I can about the subject.
You can tell what someone worships by the way they live their life and the things they talk about. You can tell who someone regularly talks to, by the words that come out of their mouth and their actions that follow. My desire for you daughter, is that you will be a worshipper of our beloved Jesus, and a woman who knows and talks to her God. And in turn that your worship and prayer overflow into every crevice of your life, making each moment a beautiful offering to Him, the One who is forever worthy of all your affection, who will always be faithful and true, and the One who loves you more than you can ever imagine.