I would truly recommend studying the lifestyle of Jesus Christ as a Living Testimony when it comes to living a lifestyle of prayer. And in defining the reasonable and essential service of worship, examine the attitude and behavior of Christ towards those who opposed Him for who He was and for His right standing with God.
What do we mean then by what is reasonable and what is essential when it comes to our reasonable and essential service of worship? We are to love the Lord our God with all our hearts, with all our minds, with all our wills, with all our emotions, with all of our strength. And we are also commanded to love all of our neighbors which includes our enemies as well.
Hebrews 14:12 admonishes us to “seek peace with all men and with holiness;” otherwise we will not see God. So, this should tell us that we cannot live out our lives like that of the world. When we accepted Jesus Christ into our heart and our lives, we were born again from above not by any man made doctrine.
We are no longer a part of this world system when we accepted Jesus as our Lord and Savior. We may still be in this world, but we live according to Kingdom principles and what is acceptable unto the Lord. We do not serve a hard taskmaster and this is why the Apostle Paul admonishes us to be “imitators of Christ” (Ephesians 5:2)
Do away with the old and put on the new
When we were born again, we were not only transported out of the kingdom of darkness and translated into the Kingdom of Light by the Spirit of God. We are stepping out of the old realm and entering into a new realm when Jesus became the Lord of our lives(See Colossians 1:13 and 2 Corinthians 5:17).
In Galatians 5 Paul wrote about the flesh which wars against the spirit, and the spirit man that wars against the flesh. Paul also warned us about living a lifestyle according to the works of the flesh. Those that do so will not, I repeat will not inherit the Kingdom of God.
Saints, the Word of God will always expose what’s in our hearts. Hebrews 4:12-13 tells us that:
“The word of God, you see, is alive and moving; sharper than a double-edged sword; piercing the divide between soul and spirit, joints and marrow; able to judge the thoughts and will of the heart. No creature can hide from God: God sees all. Everyone and everything is exposed, opened for His inspection; and He’s the One we will have to explain ourselves to.”
The prayers that we pray come alive by the very words that we speak. Our thoughts are unspoken words in our minds and this is why Paul writes in Ephesians 4:23 that we are “to take a fresh breath and to let God renew your attitude and spirit.”
Our attitudes and behaviors will not only expose what is in our hearts and our minds, but they will also hinder our prayers from going forth in the manner God intended them to forth. Yes, praying the will of God supersedes any prayer that comes from out of a book.
God sent the Holy Spirit who is our Helper to lead and to empower us through prayer that is a direct communication line between us and our heavenly Father. With all due respect, we approach His Holy Throne in all humility in the Name of His Son, Jesus (See Romans 8:26-28).
The Holy Spirit is the One who empowers and enables us to pray. He is Holy, and those who worship our Father who is above must worship Him “in spirit and truth.” Come with me as we survey the wondrous cross to prove what is the good, perfect and acceptable will of God for our lives as we daily learn to live a lifestyle of prayer.