Weekends are for Worship: Worship and Prayer

“Hallowed by thy name”

This first request in the Lord’s Prayer makes it clear that prayer and worship go together. Too often we rush into God’s presence, pour out our requests, and then rush back to our daily responsibilities, never pausing to worship him or even to thank him. David knew how to wed prayer with worship when he wrote, “May my prayer be set before you like incense; may the lifting up of my hands be like the evening sacrifice” (Ps. 141:2). He was referring to the two altars in the tabernacle: the brazen altar where the animals were sacrificed and the golden altar before the veil where the incense was burned each morning and evening. David probably wrote Psalm 141 while in the wilderness, far from the tabernacle; but this didn’t keep him from worshiping his Lord. The lifting up of his hands represented the giving of himself to the Lord as a living sacrifice (Rom. 12:1), and his prayer was like fragrant incense rising to heaven; God accepted both. David was king, but here he saw himself as a priest, worshiping the Lord from his heart.

When we pray “hallowed be your name,” we should pause to worship. We know that times of true worship give us better perspectives on the matters that concern us. The things that bother us don’t seem quite as threatening when we quietly contemplate the greatness of our God and worship him. Children who speak to their parents only when they want something are selfish and forfeit a great deal of love, peace, and wisdom.

Warren Wiersbe. On Earth as It Is in Heaven: How the Lord’s Prayer Teaches Us to Pray More Effectively

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