How often do I speak to God, telling Him about my wants and needs, interceding for others, etc, and go on and on, but don't listen to Him? I talk and talk and talk, but the conversation is one-sided. I all too often think that it's ok to talk and share my side, but not listen to the word of the Lord Almighty!
Today I spent some much needed time in prayer. I usually write it all down in a prayer journal because my mind can so easily get distracted. So I was writing, and writing and writing. And towards the end, realized that I was the only one talking. I said my 'amen', and said to the Lord, "I want to hear from you. Speak to me. I am ready and willing to listen."
How incredible is our God that He spoke to me in a way that I am so able to understand? A song popped into my head that goes like this: (you've probably heard it before)
I love you Lord, and I lift my voice
To worship you, O my soul rejoice,
Take joy my King, in what You hear
May it be a sweet, sweet sound in Your ear.
I stopped and thought about that word worship. Lord, teach me what it means to worship You! He said "I want you to worship me with everything you are, everything you do." When I cook, when I am working, as I go about my everyday routine, how I interact with others, how I speak and act towards my husband, how I act as a sister, daughter, neighbor.
I was so encouraged because the Lord has spoken truth into my heart, that I needed to hear! Then I opened my Bible and read Romans 12.
Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.
Usually, when people gave sacrifices, they were dead animals and then the priests ate the meat and there was no more of the sacrifice. It was completely gone. But to think about a LIVING sacrifice... wow. I am a walking, living, breathing sacrifice for the Lord! I can choose actions and thoughts that will show Him worship and praise, or not. I pray for grace to show Him worship and praise!
Anyway, I just wanted to encourage you and share how I was encouraged. I want to show to the world that HE is my all-satisfying treasure!!!!