Day 2&3 Prayer Focus: Worship (Personal and Corporate)
Now many people who hear the word ‘worship’ in a church setting resist the groan caused by their frustrated attitude towards singing in church. If this is you, keep on reading. If it is not, keep on reading.
The fact is that although music is universal, tastes in music and the use of the music is not the same for everyone. Some enjoy classical, others a bit of rap, still others love a good country and western (if that even exists), and a bit of techno is all it takes for clubbers to get on the dancefloor. Some use music to win over a love, others to express emotion whether it be joy or a bit of blues, its used as a weapon of wits, and a confession of guilt, possibilities endless. Some enjoy a good piece of music in an opera or grand event while others have it playing constantly day and night. Need I keep going?
The fact is when we limit “worship” to music (as we often do in church settings), it is not always going to strike a key with everyone. But it doesn’t need to either.
- What worship really is: Worship is expressing to God how much He means to you, and this needs to be more than simply words you sing. This is a heart attitude and can be expressed in limitless ways. Creative people will sing, dance, draw, design and so forth; intellectuals will write; social people will talk and facebook; introverts may simply pray quietly; as we are all unique this can really look totally different for different people. What does it look like to you? Worship God today in your own unique way.
- Corporate worship: Some people do connect with God in corporate singing, and you only need pick up the bible to find an example or an encouragement to practice this expression of worship together. This in itself should be enough for those who love God and His church to take part. If God enjoys it when we sing, when we are unified, and when we hold the interests of others above our own, why not put aside our own agenda for only 30 mins a week and glorify God with your attitude? Pray for your attitude towards corporate worship, and the whole church’s corporate worship time. Pray for those who lead worship, and those with creative giftedness. Pray our church will continue to grow in creative ways to worship without song.
- To also note: Life Group is a place to honour God together in many different ways. With fewer people worship time together can be extremely personal and powerful. Some people do enjoy connecting with God in song but don’t like the styles they have heard, the good news is, at home and in life groups there are plenty of styles available to you. Search the web, Christian bookstores (and your own musical giftedness of course).