Everything we do must be saturated in worship and prayer. We worship our God because He is worthy of it. Christ Jesus is worthy of worship-filled hearts given fully in relationship with Him. We are called to make Him the priority in whatever sphere of influence He calls us, living a lifestyle of intimacy with Jesus.
All else is secondary to this relationship, whether intercessory prayer, good deeds or His Kingdom’s expansion. Truly all else we do for God that has any life must flow from intimacy with Him and exalting Him to the highest place in our worship.
Each of us is called to live a lifestyle of prayer as we walk out the mission of expanding God’s Kingdom, whether at home or in the nations of the world.
Unless we hear God’s voice daily, we cannot obey Him to the fullest. Likewise, unless we live a lifestyle of worship, thanks and praise, we cannot rightly represent Christ as ambassadors of reconciliation who display His freedom, love, and joy to the world (2 Corinthians 5:18-21).
The Will of God for Us
The call of God’s Word is to rejoice always, pray unceasingly and give thanks; Paul even goes so far as to say that this is the will of God for us in Christ (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18).
The garment of praise is given to us for the spirit of heaviness (Isaiah 61:3). Living a lifestyle of giving God praise, coupled with joy instead of mourning and beauty for ashes, are given to us as gifts of redemption. These gifts are for our healing and freedom, and also that we may be known as belonging to the Lord’s that He may be glorified.
“…To give them beauty for ashes,
The oil of joy for mourning,
The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness;
That they may be called trees of righteousness,
The planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.”
Isaiah 61:3 (NKJV)
Why Worship and Intercession
In worship, we declare the worth of Jesus with all our hearts. When people see us making much of His worth, they will want to know why. The Word says that when Jesus is lifted up, all will be drawn to Him. As we display God’s perfect love, people will see His true heart for them and experience freedom from fear and bondage.
In intercession, we pray in agreement with God’s heart. Our desire is that His will–not ours–would be done on earth and in the lives of all just as it is in Heaven.
Jesus wants His Father’s house to be a house of prayer (Matthew 21:13). There are many other Kingdom things–miracles, teaching, etc., yet the Father chose to call His house “a house of prayer for all nations” (Isaiah 56:7).
Prayer, intimacy with God and intercession for others, must be first place. All else flows out of our relationship with God.