Worshipping God in Spirit and Truth (Part 1)
Many people have questions about how to worship God and in fact, some people, including my old ignorant self, thought worship was boring. My excuse was that worship songs were usually slow and I like to dance. But I found out later that worship was more than just slow songs.
In the story where Jesus asked the Samaritan woman for a drink of water, a conversation ensued between them about where to worship God. According to the Samaritan woman, worshipping God had to take place on a particular mountain that her fathers had worshipped God but then the Jews had said that worshipping God ought to be in Jerusalem. After Jesus explained to her that she did not need the mountain or Jerusalem to worship God, He said this:
But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipper will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth. – John 4:23-24.
God is looking for true worshippers to worship Him. These are people who worship God in spirit and in truth. The scripture tells us that that is the proper way to worship God – in spirit and truth – because God is Spirit. Therefore, how do we worship God in spirit and truth.
Well, we are spirit beings and we have the Spirit of God (Holy Spirit) dwelling in us and bearing witness. Therefore, our life must be worship to God. Also, when we pray and worship, we must allow the spirit to lead the prayer and worship. Paul says at 1 Corinthians 14:14-15 that:
For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my understanding is unfruitful. What is the conclusion then? I will pray with the spirit and I will also pray with the understanding. I will sing with the spirit and I will also sing with the understanding.
Thus, if we are worshipping God in spirit we must be able to pray in tongues. We should pray with the spirit and then sing with the spirit because if we pray in a tongue, our spirit prays. And if our spirit prays, it satisfies the requirement of worshipping God in spirit.
We also need to pray with our spirit i.e. tongues because we do not know what we should pray for. It is the spirit that knows exactly what we should ask for; that is why God requires our worship to be in spirit and not in flesh. Romans 8:27 states that:
Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groaning which cannot be uttered.
Therefore, let us allow the Spirit to help us in our weaknesses and to make intercession for us when we pray.