Worship • Devotion #2: The World Revolves Around the Son
Sierra Combs | Women’s Ministry Director
I will never forget the moment when it all clicked for me. Well, maybe not everything clicked, but there was such a radical, instant shift in my brain that changed the entire view of my world. The light bulb turned on in my teenage brain. It was the moment when I went from thinking the world revolved around me to realize the world revolved around God. It went from me thinking that life’s purpose was, frankly, all about me, to me realizing that my primary purpose on this Earth was to glorify God in everything I do. As I write this, I am tempted to delete that confession out of embarrassment. It sounds so ridiculous when I think about it. I was raised in the Church. I was properly taught who God is. I was very often reminded by those around me of the truth, but it never sunk into my mind and heart. I was so selfish. It was all about what God could do for me, instead of what I could do for God. You can imagine my prayer life. It was mainly focused on my wants, needs, and desires. I am sure there was “thankfulness” thrown into the mix when things were going my way. There was some “worship” added when I felt like God was doing what He was supposed to be doing. It is gross! Looking back, I can see that this was not true worship, and it is an absolutely terrible example of how we should pray. But how often do our prayer lives look like this?
Prayer is important. If it were not, it would not be mentioned so many times in the Bible. Prayer is how we communicate with God. He wants us to pray! It should be of utmost importance in our lives. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 calls us to “rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” Colossians 4:2 tells us to “devote [ourselves] to prayer with an alert mind and a thankful heart” (NLT). Finally, in Matthew chapter 6, Jesus gives us a model of how we should pray. While most people view prayer’s main purpose as a way to ask God for things they want or need (and do not get me wrong, that is a component), they miss out on some other key elements. Prayer should start with worship. I do not mean singing (though this can be a form of worship). I am talking genuine, pure worship by bowing down in reverence and adoration before the One true God, acknowledging Him for all that He is, all that He has done, and all that He will do. So often we send up our prayers, expecting Him to answer when all we are thinking about is ourselves. We forget to whom we are praying. We forget that we are talking to the maker of Heaven and Earth! He created the Universe with billions of stars. He created the sun, moon, and a beautiful world. He just spoke it all into existence! He is so good and so worthy of our worship. How crazy is it that He made us, and He loves us so personally? The God who made the Universe loves you and wants to have a relationship with you!
I encourage you this week to examine your prayer life. How often are you praying? Are you praying continually, with joy and thanksgiving, as it says in Thessalonians and Colossians? Or is the focus of your prayers all about you? There is so much more to address with Him. When you pray, remember to whom you are talking. He deserves our adoration and our worship!