Praying With Jesus: Prayer is Worship
“‘Woman,’ Jesus replied, ‘believe me, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem.’” – John 4:21
Have you ever thought of your time of daily prayer as a time of worship?
The passage above is something Jesus said to a Samaritan woman He met at a well. In this conversation, Jesus breaks all kinds of norms for the culture. Normally, Jews didn’t associate with Samaritans. Also, Jewish men didn’t typically speak to women in public, even their own wives. Now, Jesus is about to upset the applecart again as He answers her question.
Where should we worship?
She had asked where she should worship. She’s not asking whether she should attend this local synagogue or that one. The Samaritans worshipped on Mount Gerizim. The Jews said the only legit place to worship was at the Temple in Jerusalem.
Jesus’ response is that the Jews were right, but there’s something more important. It’s not about the place you worship. It’s about worshiping in spirit and in truth.
Prayer is part of our worship.
As Jesus said about worship, there is no one place that we should pray. There aren’t places where prayers are stronger or more powerful. It’s not like the altar is an antenna and the closer we are to the altar the better reception God has. Prayer isn’t about the place we are, but the God who hears them…and He hears them no matter where you are. If you’re in the car, at home, at church, in nature, or in school before a test, God hears your prayer.
So, where are you now? God hears your prayers here, too. So, why not pray now?
You are the God of all creation. You hear me no matter where I am or what is happening around me. Today, I lift my praises and concerns to you and ask that You be with me. Protect me and guide me. May I glorify You in all that I do.
In Christ’s Service,