You may know my husband is the worship leader at our church. Over the years, we’ve had more than one conversation about what it is to truly worship. I’ve heard him preach and teach about true worship more times than I can count.
And y’all, I’m convinced of this — teaching our girls why they worship and how to worship is one of the best gifts we give them.
November Prayer Calendar — TRUE WORSHIP
The Bible has much to say on this topic of worship. One of the passages I find most convicting is from Isaiah 1:
“Quit your worship charades.
I can’t stand your trivial religious games:
Monthly conferences, weekly Sabbaths, special meetings—
meetings, meetings, meetings—I can’t stand one more!
Meetings for this, meetings for that. I hate them!
You’ve worn me out!
I’m sick of your religion, religion, religion,
while you go right on sinning.
When you put on your next prayer-performance,
I’ll be looking the other way.
No matter how long or loud or often you pray,
I’ll not be listening.
And do you know why? Because you’ve been tearing
people to pieces, and your hands are bloody.”
Isaiah 1:11-15 MSG
Worship charades. Trivial religious games.
God says the Israelites have worn him out! The CSB says their worship activities “have become a burden to me.” And in the ESV God declares, “I am weary of bearing them.”
Clearly there is a wrong way to worship!
James wrote about this too in his epistle:
If anyone thinks he is religious without controlling his tongue, his religious is useless and he deceives himself. Pure and undefiled religion before God the Father is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself unstained from the world.” James 1:26-27 CSB
Let’s spend the rest of this year praying for our girls to know and walk in true worship of the Lord. The prayer calendars for November and December will focus on what it is to truly worship the Lord using Scriptures from both the Old and New Testaments. I’m excited to share them with you!
If you haven’t yet subscribed to receive your free monthly prayer calendar slipped into your inbox, now is the time! The November calendar will be sent out tonight so you have time to print it out and get ready to begin praying for your daughter to understand and engage in true worship on November 1. And now would be a great time to share about the prayer calendars with your girl mom friends.