Jonathan Edwards on Prayer
“But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers 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
Hypocrites Deficient in the Duty of Prayer
Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758)
“If you live in neglect of secret prayer, you show your good-will to neglect all worship of God. He that prays only when he prays with others, would not pray at all, were it not that the eyes of others are upon him. He that will not pray where none but God seeth him, manifestly doth not pray at all out of respect to God, or regard to his all-seeing eye, and therefore doth in effect cast off all prayer. And he that casts off prayer, in effect casts off all the worship of God, of which prayer is the principal duty.”
Worship is a form of prayer – at times, public and extended, at other times, private and brief. In worship our focus is on God, our desire is to meet with and adore Him, and to praise, thank, supplicate, and hear Him, according to His Word and will. But this is all prayer is, and if we fail to sustain a life of vigorous prayer, then our worship will suffer, because we will not be tuned for worship if we are not tuning our souls for worship by prayer throughout the course of our days. And if we enter worship untuned, our worship will be a mere cacophony to the Lord. It will not blend with the worship of saints and angels, who maintain perpetual prayer, and it will most likely be engaged mainly for what “I get out of it.” Pray more, and you will worship better. Worship without private prayer ends up being not worship at all – at least, not worship of God.
In what ways does your prayer life mirror the worship you participate in at church?
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Except as indicated, Scripture taken from the New King James Version. © Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.All quotations from Jonathan Edwards, “Hypocrites Deficient in the Duty of Prayer” in Edward Hickman, ed., The Works of Jonathan Edwards (Edinburgh: The Banner of Truth Trust, 1834, 1995), Volume Two, pp. 71 ff.
Prayer and Worship
- T.M. Moore
- March 23, 2017
They're the same - mostly.
Jonathan Edwards on Prayer
T. M. Moore is principal of The Fellowship of Ailbe, a spiritual fellowship in the Celtic Christian tradition. He and his wife, Susie, make their home in the Champlain Valley of Vermont.
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