From The Prayer of a Worshiper on Youversion
How do we live as Jesus? Not just putting on the Sunday morning face, but living with Him face-to-face? We do what 1 Peter says:
“for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.”1 Peter 1:16
And through that holiness, we submit our lives daily.
“Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.”Romans 12.1
How can this be clearer?
The fact is, God wants your heart. He desires us to live in a way that is safe, wise and close to His heart. As we surrender daily, we also keep His words momently.
No, we don’t walk around like monks with praying hands and bowed heads (maybe not a bad idea). Yes, we do walk in a spirit of humility and holiness. When things spring up in your day, before you react, think. Think of how God can use you in the moment. Think about how He wants you to grow wisely and to act humbly.
Believe and be discerning in what He is trying to teach you, trying to say, or trying to help you respond. It’s not about you, but it is about how you allow God to work through you.
One of my favorite authors, Watchman Nee, writes, “Revelation is the first step to holiness, and consecration is the second…when we give up all right to ourselves and submit to the absolute Lordship of Jesus Christ.” – study on Hosea 6.1-6 (and prayer).
Come, let us return to the Lord. He has torn us to pieces but he will heal us; he has injured us but he will bind up our wounds. After two days he will revive us; on the third day he will restore us, that we may live in his presence. Let us acknowledge the Lord; let us press on to acknowledge him. As surely as the sun rises, he will appear; he will come to us like the winter rains, like the spring rains that water the earth.
What can I do with you, Ephraim? What can I do with you, Judah? Your love is like the morning mist, like the early dew that disappears. Therefore I cut you in pieces with my prophets, I killed you with the words of my mouth— then my judgments go forth like the sun. For I desire mercy, not sacrifice, and acknowledgment of God rather than burnt offerings.Hosea 6:1-6
Our lives really are acts of worship. How do our actions daily speak of worship?
Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom.James 3:13
When we are among our brothers and sisters, and the world, we are to be wise and live wisely. We turn our attention and ways to living for Jesus. We return to the Lord, who can heal us and bind up our wounds. When we submit to His holiness and ways, we begin to live in His presence. As we move through this world and our hurts, He restores us and revives us again. Others will take notice, not because of you, but what the Lord is doing through you.
Just as the sun rises and sets, God’s power works within you to His glorious praise. We now live in His glorious praise as we live among people. This is what it means to live as pure sacrifices to God. We are not perfect, but perfectly loved. Not unwise, but rather, wise in the way we live.
The way we live is a reflection of how we worship and lead others to the Father. May we be careful, wise and worshipful in our ways.
But I cry to you for help, Lord; in the morning my prayer comes before you.Psalm 88:13
Our prayer today: Lord, thank You that I am made to praise You and to live as Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit. Help me to seek Your wisdom and to dwell in Your Word daily. May my life become the same song You sing over me in true unconditional love, with immeasurable mercy and of sweet humility. Show me Your ways and teach me Your path, so that I may bring joy to the Father in all my days.