2.5. 2020 Morning Prayer and Teaching

God of rescue and restoration, thank Your for Your great and beautiful mission in the world. Here I am, Lord: fill me with Your Spirit and send me.

Day 2 Andrew Murray The True Worshippers

“The hour cometh and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in the spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth” (John 4:23-24).

           The Father seeks worshippers. True worship is that which is in spirit and truth. One of our first lessons in the school of prayer must be to understand what it is to pray in spirit and in truth and to know how we can attain it.

           To the woman of Samaria, our Lord spoke of a threefold worship. First is the ignorant worship of the Samarians: “that which ye know not.” Second is the intelligent worship of the Jew, having the true knowledge of God: “We worship that which He has come to introduce is third: “The hour is coming, and is now when the true worshippers worship the Father in spirit and truth.”

           Among Christians, one still finds the three classes of worshippers. Some, in their ignorance, hardly know what they’re asking for. The pray earnestly, but receive little. There are others having more correct knowledge who try to pray with all their minds and hearts. They often pray most earnestly and yet do not attain the full blessedness of worship in spirit and truth. It is into the third class we must ask our Lord Jesus to take us. He must teach us how to worship in spirit and truth. This alone is spiritual worship; this makes us the kind of worshippers the Father seeks. In prayer, everything will depend on our understanding and practicing worship in spirit and truth.

           How much Christianity suffers from being confined to certain times and places! A man who seeks to pray earnestly only in the church or in the prayer closet spends the greater part of his time in a sprit entirely at variance with that in which he prayed. His worship was the work of a fixed place or hour, not of his whole being. God is a Spirit. What He is, He is always and in truth. Our worship must be the same: It must be the spirit of our life.

           Let our attitude in prayer be what Christ’s words have taught us. Let there be the sincere confession of our inability to bring God the worship that is pleasing to Him, the childlike teachableness that waits for Him to instruct us, and the simple faith that yields itself to the breathing of the Spirit. Above all, let us hold on tightly to this blessed reality: The secret of prayer in spirit and truth is in the knowledge of the fatherhood of God, the revelation of His infinite Fatherliness in our hearts, and the faith in His infinite love of us as His children. This is the new and living way Christ opened up for us. To have Christ the Son, and the Spirit of the Son, dwelling within us and revealing the Father makes us true, spiritual worshippers.

                                                                       Andrew Murray

Published by Tim Cameron

Follower of Jesus, Educator, author, College Administrator, Inner City High School Principal, Private School Headmaster, Husband of 49 years: Five children, seven grandchildren, and two godchildren

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