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Praying in Spirit and in Truth

Years ago I asked what it means to worship the Father in spirit and in truth (John 4:23), and also asked Him to teach me how to worship Him this way. He loves answering that type of request!

Here are a few things I learned:

Effective prayer flows from a heart of worship.
In John 4, Jesus shares with the Samaritan woman the most critical aspect of prayer: worshiping God in spirit and in truth. Jesus allows a personal glimpse into the heart of the Father when He confides, “For such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers.” Knowing the Father seeks individuals who will worship Him in spirit and in truth should motivate us to be that kind of worshiper.

Worship takes prayer beyond fellowship and communication. Worship frames our praise, it evokes our thanksgiving, and is the basis for our supplications and requests. Worship enables us to intercede for others in faith. Worship also is a refining process because the sincere worshiper can’t hide his sin, but in the process of divine adoration, he must honestly confess.

Worshiping God “in spirit” means that our prayers are not bound by location or time.
Because God is spirit, He’s able to receive our worship anywhere at any time (24/7 Praying). We don’t have to offer our worship at a temple site or a specific interval of time; kneeling, standing, or even facing a specific location. His Spirit helps us to know how to pray and even intercedes for us as we pray (Romans 8:26-27; 1 Corinthians 2:9-13).

Worshiping God “in truth” reminds us that our worship must be guided by the truth of His Word. When the content of our requests is informed by Scripture, we know we’re asking according to His will, which is one of the rich rewards of praying Scripture (John 15:7, 17:17). God delights in hearing His Word presented back to Him through our prayers.

Insights on worshiping God in spirit and in truth could fill a large book—these are just a few thoughts to get you started on this topic. I’ve loved hearing from some of you who are doing your own study on worship and prayer.

What will you ask Him to teach you today?      

Adapted from my post on the True Woman blog 3.13.09

One Comment

  • Tambra Lucas

    Kim, loving your study on prayer and worship!
    And I agree I don’t think you can go before God in prayer or worship with sin that is not confessed it would not be genuine. Because if you are a true worshiper the spirit convicts. I know I can’t do it! I want to be real and no pretense before Him, because if we know His Truth, then we know He knows, and sees everyone’s heart. And if we are true to Him His spirit testifies within us and convicts us, to repent. There is nothing greater than a broken heart before Him in prayer and worship. When the spirit brings about brokenness in our hearts and shows grace and forgiveness it is amazing how much more powerful our prayers and praise become.
    I also think our prayers should not be bound to a specific time frame. I find if I pray immediately on an issue that I need to ask forgiveness , my heart is less likely to forget about confessing.