1 Thessalonians 5:17 is an extremely short verse.
Let’s do some deep dissection!To pray, what does that action mean exactly? The online definition is,
“A solemn request for help or expression of thanks addressed to God or an object of worship.”
Read that definition again. Do we only pray to ask for help or to give thanks? Prayer, for me does consist of the things above but it’s more of a constant conversation between our heavenly father and his sinful child. Prayer is a way to stay connected in a world that pulls you away. Prayer is our “Life Saver”. Don’t jump to conclusion here, this “Life Saver” is not used just in the act of you sinking. This “Life Saver” is always offered to you, weather you are sinking or floating.
The last part of the definition for prayer is interesting to me.
“addressed to God or an object of worship.”
Object of worship, what is that saying about what prayer should look like? Prayer should be a form of worship. Worship can be anything from signing to painting. However you are called to worship, remember that you are called to worship.
I’m going to be honest here, worship is not always pretty! And it’s not supposed to be. Worship is the act of pouring our hearts out to the Lord in pure thanks and awe. Worship is purposeful time, dedicated to our father!
If prayer is a form of worship than why are we focused on making it pretty? Why do we see prayer as a time to throw out our “church words” and make a poem like proclamation? I am not trying to put how you pray down the drain, I just want us to check and make sure that the way we pray to our father is pure worship and a constant conversation, not focused on impressing others.
XOXO, The Christian Prepster