Pastor Melissa Scott Teaches on The Worship of Prayer
Nobody is guiltless. So since you are guilty, along with this
preacher, how are you going to get over it?
Don’t beat yourself to death because you are anxiously caring
about that one little thing. Put something in its place:
displacement. “But in every thing...” that is: that one little
thing, or those many little things you have been anxiously worrying
about. For every single one of the things you have been worrying
about, when the worrying pressure comes, you put something
else in its place, like a legal cancellation instrument, or like
the turning of a valve...on what? “In every thing by prayer,”
circle the words, “and supplication.” Circle the word
“with thanksgiving.” Circle the word “let your requests be
made known unto God.” Those are four separate Greek words.
Pastor Scott continues explaining that prayer has to do with worship.
It is that word where we express adoration and praise to God.
In the midst of my anxious care, I am told what to do when
that thought intrudes.
Got a pain? “Oh Lord, it’s cancer!”
A little indigestion? “Lord, I’m having a heart attack!”
Have you ever done that? The minute it comes, instead of running
to someone else to spread that refuse of fear, stop! You can’t take
the fear away, but you can turn the spigot on something else.
And God’s Word says “sacrifice praise.” It is pretty hard to keep
worrying if you just turn these lips loose and start praising God.