“The hour cometh and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in the spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth” (John 4:23-24).
The True Worshippers
The Father seeks worshippers. True worship is that which is in spirit and truth. One of our first lessons in the school of prayer must be to understand what it is to pray in spirit and in truth and to know how we can attain it.
Among Christians, one still finds the three classes of worshippers. Some in their ignorance hardly know what they’re asking for. The pray earnestly, but receive little. There are others having a correct knowledge who try to pray with all their minds and hearts. They often pray most earnestly and yet do not attain the full blessedness of worship in spirit and truth. It is into the third class we must ask our Lord Jesus to take us. He must teach us how to worship in spirit and truth. This alone is spiritual worship; this makes us the kind of worshippers the Father seeks. In prayer, everything will depend on our understanding and practicing worship in spirit and truth.
Warning: We Pray Too Little
Everywhere people confess, “We pray too little!” Yet there seems to be a fear that, because of pressure from work and the force of habit, it is almost impossible to hope for a change. Such thinking can only hinder our own joy and our power in God’s service.
What a solemn confession and warning: we pray too little! Is the call of God for our time and attention more important than our work and our service to Him? If God is waiting to meet us and to give us power from heaven for His work, it is shortsighted to put other work in His place? If there is to be significant experience of God’s presence, there must be more definite and persevering prayer.
Andrew Murray circa 1880
What do You Really want?
Jesus wants to hear from our own lips not just a general petition for mercy, but the distinct expression of what is our desire. Until we speak it out, He will not answer. Such definite prayer teaches us to know our own needs better. It demands time, and thought, and self-scrutiny to find out what really is out greatest need.
As long as in prayer we just pour out heart in a multitude of petitions, without taking time to see whether every petition is sent with the purpose and expectation of getting an answer, not many will reach the mark. But if, as in silence of soul we bow befoe the Lord, we were to ask such questions s these: What is now really my desire? Do I desire it in faith, expective to receive?
“And Jesus Answered him, and said, What do you want me to do for you?” Mark 10:51
Prayer and the Word are inseparable and should always go together. In His Word God speaks to me, and in prayer I speak to God. Through the Word the Holy Spirit shows me who God is. The Word also teaches me how sinful I am. It reveals to me all the wonders that God will do for me, and the strength He will give me to do to His will. The Word teaches me how to pray—with strong desire, a firm faith, and constant perseverance. The Word teaches me not only who I am, but who I may become. Above all it reminds me that Chris is the great intercessor and He allows me to pray in His name.
Learn to renew your strength each day in God’s Word and pray according to His will. Do you think it’s impossible for you to be obedient? It may be impossible to you, but not to God. He has promised to “put My Spirit in you so you will obey My laws.” Pray and mediate to these words.