Theology of Worship- Prayer as Worship

“Prayer is the process by which our will is brought in line with God’s will.”

In reference to Jesus teaching the Lord’s Prayer- “Our patter of conduct becomes God’s pattern of conduct to us.  What kind of God is this?  He forgives us as we forgive our debtors.”

“Prayer changes God.  He is immutable in his essence and character, but He is not a stone.  There are circumstances that when there is repentance, He changes his mind.  (Jonah 3, Exodus 32)”

“There is a great difference between private and public prayers.  Private prayer is often spontaneous.  There is room for speaking to God as if in natural conversation, voicing struggles, concerns, and things like it.  But when prayer is public, on behalf of a congregation, it is not casual.  It is to be poetic and elevated.  It has an appropriate awareness of being in God’s presence on behalf of the people of God.”

“Prayer operates to make our hearts more like God’s.  It is important that in our prayers and thanksgiving that we declare God’s grace in our lives.  It can also be done in the way we address God in our prayers in our opening words of adoration.  It communicates a profound theology and ecclesiology.  We can do it in appealing to God to have mercy according to His lovingkindness.  The moment we say that, we declare theology.”

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3 comments on “Theology of Worship- Prayer as Worship

  1. BethsMomToo says:

    I suspect some people have difficulty understanding the need for prayer to a sovereign God because they have a skewed definition of “Immutability”. Always define. Good points.

  2. ehudadams says:

    yeah, i liked that line. hence my inclusion of it, i guess. but yeah, that’s another reason why theology is so important! I don’t people think how often theology is practical, unfortunately.

  3. jaigner says:

    “There is a great difference between private and public prayers. Private prayer is often spontaneous. There is room for speaking to God as if in natural conversation, voicing struggles, concerns, and things like it. But when prayer is public, on behalf of a congregation, it is not casual. It is to be poetic and elevated. It has an appropriate awareness of being in God’s presence on behalf of the people of God.”

    I love this.

    I come from a tradition that is skeptical and critical of read prayers or even those that draw heavily on Scripture. It’s as if prayer cannot be authentic without being spontaneous. Prayer is an indispensable part of corporate worship and should be planned carefully and deliberately in order to be the responsive voice of the congregation.

    Blessings

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