Worship • Devotion #1: Start with Worship
Isaiah Combs | Worship Leader
My fourth-grade teacher’s name was Virginia Winters. Mrs. Winters was the best kind of teacher. She was kind, helpful, and made learning fun (Mrs. Winters taught all four of the Combs’ boys at some point). Surprisingly, I remember a lot of things she taught me in fourth grade. One of the things she taught us was how to pray. I think sometimes we pretend that it is easy to just start praying one day. Once you start, it is as easy as talking to a friend. But everyone needs to be taught. I use meals and bedtime as a chance to teach my kids how to pray to our awesome God. Even Jesus was asked, How are we supposed to pray? He answered by showing them with the Lords Prayer in Mathew 6:9-13.
Mrs. Winters taught us an easy way to learn and remember how to pray until we developed our way to pray. She said to use the word A.C.T.S. It is an acronym for Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, and Supplication (asking or begging).
The First step is to Adore or worship God. All of us have many reasons to worship God. It is important for us to start out telling God how awesome, incredible, powerful, and amazing He is. If you have been saved by grace through faith, you have a reason worship.
Ephesians 2:8-9 says, “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.”
Even Jesus began the Lord’s Prayer with worship for His Father.
Mathew 6:9 starts the prayer, “Our Father in Heaven, hallowed be your name.” Hallowed means to greatly revere and respect something or someone.
We have a great God who deserves endless worship and adoration. Before we start by asking God for what we need and want, take time at the beginning of prayer today to worship God for all He has done and will do in your life.